finally finished

Posted on August 18, 2008. Filed under: Books |

I have been reading Anna Karenina for over three years. Well, kind of. I started reading it when I was working for the Evil Company. I only remember because it came up at my interview for another job – and that interview was just over three years ago.

I got through the first half of the book so quickly — the content was riveting and so well written. I was into reading about the affair, the society, the place of women at the time and how Anna seemed to be able to break the mold.

Then…once the affair was found out and she left her husband, there were about 200 pages there that just weren’t interesting to me to read.

I put the book down, and read a few more in its place.

Then recently, I became determined to finish it. To check it off of my list. The characters started to jump off the page again and the last 200 pages (save the last 20 or so) were again so capitvating that I wondered why I had put it down for so long.

I am happy that I finally finished it, and I do want to go on to read more Russian literature — War and Peace might be next up. After I get through a few, shorter, and more contemporary pieces that is.

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2007 What I Read Archive

Posted on January 3, 2008. Filed under: Books |

2006 What I Read Archive

Currently Reading (no really, I am reading these all and will finish at least one soon):

Kafka on the Shore
April in Paris
Anna Karenina
Bitter Chocolate
The Four Agreements
The Fly in the Ointment

Books I’ve Read in 2007:
The End of the Alphabet
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Shopaholic & Baby
Rosie Little’s Cautionary Tales for Girls
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Gum Thief
Mister Pip
Love in the Time of Cholera

Audio Books I’ve Listented To:
Wolves in Chic Clothing
Skinny Dip
The Innocent Man

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Rosie Little’s Cautionary Tales for Girls

Posted on August 13, 2007. Filed under: Books |

978-1-59692-252-5.jpgI rarely like short stories and I pretty much never read collections of them. But the adorable cover of Rosie Little’s Cautionary Tales for Girls caught my eye and I thought I would give it a chance. And boy, am I glad I did. I haven’t fallen in love with a book like this in a long time. And I have to say that the writing style and story-telling by Danielle Wood is beyond words that I can find to express how much I truly enjoyed every perfectly crafted word.

This book quickly jumped to my top 5 of books ever read. Partially because I’m sure that because of some of the sexual content, it would certainly be banned in schools — that appeals to me and actually suits the whole package and title of the book.

This is a modern-day Little Red Riding Hood story and the things that Rosie experiences and goes through are both beautiful and horrible (sometimes at the same time) and always vivid and true. There’s a great deal of play on many fairy tales and biblical references that work so perfectly. And I promise that once you read about the mannequins you will not be able to put this book down.

I’ll admit it’s probably a book for 15-40 year olds. And one that should be read at least once a decade as I’m certain that with each read, in every stage of life, you will get something completely different out of Rosie’s experiences.

I rarely latch on to a book with this much passion and intensity, and when I do, I will not rest until I’m sure that people have shared in my love. So please, buy a copy (the best part is that it will fit in your purse) and come back and let me know what you think.

After saying all that, I think I may have loved it more because I had no expectations. So I hope I haven’t gotten your hopes up to high (I hate reviews of movies that build it up and then you expect something that isn’t even possible). I think Rosie will definitely deliver, and I hope you can discover her on your own terms.

There what I would think are a few spoilers in this other blog post, but if you like spoilers then have a look. If not, definitely stay away.

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conrad black book

Posted on July 14, 2007. Filed under: Books |

I wonder what the Conrad Black news will do for his new book (The Invincible Quest) sales? It’s definitely a value for the number of pages. Any projections out there?

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kimbooktu and booklounge

Posted on June 21, 2007. Filed under: Books |

My absoultely favourite blog about all things books (actual books, book type furniture, games, gadgets etc.) just did a feature about a new blog over at Definitely check out Kimbooktu frequently — she discovers a lot of very cool book-related gizmos and just ran her first contest ever that was open to contestants around the world. You can see the winners here. And you can sign up for her newsletter too! Check her out and let me know what you think!

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sir salman rushdie

Posted on June 16, 2007. Filed under: Books |

Salman Rushdie, one of my favourite authors, was knighted. I still haven’t read Midnight’s Children, but it is definitely way up on the top of the list.

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mark haddon’s view of sense of humour, quite humourous

Posted on June 15, 2007. Filed under: Books |

Despite the title of this post by Mark Haddon, his explanations and comparison between Americans, Canadians and the British sense of humour is spot on and so funny! What do you think? Do you agree?

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Pre Order Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Gift Certificate

Posted on June 12, 2007. Filed under: Books |

If you pre-order the new Harry Potter from Amazon they are giving you a $5 gift certificate to use on another order on top of the already great discount. You can pre-order the book here and they will email you with the gift certificate info. Pretty cool!

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stuck in downward dog and high heels

Posted on May 12, 2007. Filed under: Books |

I have never been able to wear high heels. Ever. Not even the little tiny ones that aren’t far off the ground. Suddenly, a few months ago I mastered a pair of massive heels — at least three inches and relatively skinny. And I was quite proud of myself.

I wore these heels on Tuesday to meetings downtown and suddenly realized that I could walk in them. All over the place. Not having much else to do, I gave this some thought and came to the conclusion that I must be able to wear heels now thanks to my yoga classes. My legs are definitely stronger and I have way more balance than before — perhaps yoga has more benefits than just relaxation, restoration, and health.

The irony of having this thought is that I also attended a book launch on this eye opening day for a new book called Stuck in Downward Dog. The launch was so much fun — complete with free cosmetic samples (loads of stuff that I would never think to buy — or could afford to buy — and now I get to try it all out). I think the book will be a fantastic read and I can’t wait to get into it.

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medieval help desk

Posted on May 6, 2007. Filed under: Books |

I saw this for the first time a few months ago – and it’s hilarious. And so true!

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