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Saturday Summary: The Fortune Hunter

The Fortune Hunter engaged me from the very start. It’s a well-written novel about a real and very interesting empress, brought to life by Daisy Goodwin’s writing. Although the novel is partly based on historical fact, Goodwin takes her liberties in creating compelling characters and a unique story all her own.

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Saturday Summary: The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club is the first book by Amy Tan I’ve read and although I initially had mixed feelings about it, I found it funny, touching and beautiful. This was a reading experience outside of what I usually read because I rarely read contemporary novels, especially ones about other cultures different from my own. I encountered a lot of intriguing cultural differences but also a lot of universal truths that transcend culture, ethnicity and age.

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Lazy Sunday: Stacking the Shelves #3

I’ve been in such a reading mode lately, especially since I reached the 11th book of the year yesterday. I set a Goodreads reading challenge to read 15 books in 2015 and I’m happy to say that I’m close to reaching that goal. Like others who enjoy reading, I buy books like other people buy shoes. Those buys give me a great high when I admire the book covers and relish in the anticipation of reading them.  Continue reading “Lazy Sunday: Stacking the Shelves #3”

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Saturday Summary: Green Grass, Running Water

Green Grass, Running Water is one of those books that I didn’t initially like but grew to like the more I read it. It’s been on my TBR list for a long time and I’m glad I gave it a second chance. It’s one of those books you have to stick with to really get the essence of the story. Continue reading “Saturday Summary: Green Grass, Running Water”

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom: J.K. Rowling and C.S. Lewis

I’ve discovered that my life is book-deficient. For years and years, since the days of university, I’ve been starving myself of one of the most fulfilling and relaxing hobbies to exist. How did this happen?

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Saturday Summary: The Orenda

Author: Joseph Boydon
Published: September 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My Rating on Goodreads: 4 out of 5 stars

The Orenda

The Orenda is a book that’s received a lot of positive reception. It was a candidate for two awards, the 2013 Governor General’s Award for English fiction and the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize. The Orenda was also selected for the 2014 edition of Canada Reads and won. I can definitely say that this book lives up to its reputation.  Continue reading “Saturday Summary: The Orenda”

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Saturday Summary: Ru

Author: Kim Thúy
Format: Paperback, English translation
Published: January 17, 2012
My Rating on Goodreads: 5 out of 5 stars

Ru

 

“Ru. In Vietnamese it means lullaby; in French it is a small stream, but also signifies a flow–of tears, blood, money.” –Ru, Kim Thúy.

This is the opening line to Kim Thúy’s book summary. It’s a story of two worlds: Vietnam and Quebec. And two lives.
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March Summary: The Fault in Our Stars

Author: John Green
Format: Paperback
Published: January 10, 2012
My Rating on Goodreads: 4 out of 5 stars

The Fault in Our Stars

 

This was supposed to be a Saturday Summary but my March got very, very busy all of a sudden. I’ve been doing volunteer work, completing an online course and looking for jobs. Even though it takes me forever to finish a book, my love for reading has been rekindled. It’s nice to be able to still fit in an enjoyable read though, like The Fault in Our Stars, despite a busy schedule.

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Lazy Saturday: Stacking the Shelves #2

Ah, lazy Saturdays…I’m looking out the window at early Canadian spring and don’t like what I see. Cold snow, drizzly rain and grey skies . Spring is officially here but it certainly doesn’t look like it! On this particular cool day, I’ve rounded up a list of reads while I keep warm and cozy. Continue reading “Lazy Saturday: Stacking the Shelves #2”