30 July 2021

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

It seems hard to believe this is only my second Kazuo Ishiguro book, but after reading Never Let Me Go I knew I'd be interested in anything he puts out. My amazing UNB coworker Lindsey gave me a $25 gift card to Indigo and I saw this beautiful cover piled with dozens of other copies. I had no idea Ishiguro released a new book (March 2021) and decided to go for it. It was listed as $25, so it felt like a sign.

23 July 2021

Resting Beach Face by Siofan Davies

This photo was provided by the author LOL I have never had a bath this luxurious in my life but maybe I start? I saw a bunch of Canadian bloggers posting about this book and felt left out because hello! we are Canadian bloggers (lol). I love a good chick-lit novel and been a while since I've dug into one, and what better than a self-published first novel from an author in the GTA? Davies was kind enough to send us a copy of to my in-laws' Kindle, so this was her debut novel and also my debut Kindle experience.

16 July 2021

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

This book came out in 2019 and I remember it getting a lot of attention. A few people I know had picked it up and I remember Belletrist promoting it hard on their social media accounts. I was looking around Indigo for books I wanted to ask for for Christmas and noticed they had this one on sale for $15. I decided to add it to the cart and am finally getting around to it in 2021. 

2 July 2021

The Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton Morgan

In my dreams I live on acreage with chickens and goats and have no responsibilities each day except checking on them, cutting fresh flowers for my dining room table, and pulling the occasional weed from the garden (my dream garden doesn't really get that weedy). I feel a dark envy in me when I see other people with chickens. It doesn't seem fair. I of course had to read Hilarie Burton, who I already obsess over from One Tree Hill, recount her life on her farm.

25 June 2021

Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh

The cover of this book always caught my eye whenever I was shopping ... it reminds me of that Soviet movie Stalker or something by David Lynch. One of my favourite reads of 2021 so far was Ottessa Moshfegh's My Year of Rest and Relaxation. I had never read any of Moshfegh's work, but I quickly picked up her two other books and started with Death in Her Hands

18 June 2021

I'll Be There for You by Kelsey Miller

I like Friends the way everyone likes Friends. I'm not a die hard, owns-several-t-shirts type of fan but I know most of the episodes, references, etc. and won't change the channel on a rerun. I got this book for Christmas and figured with the announcement of the reunion that recently aired that now would be a great time to dig in. 

11 June 2021

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

This is the first book I picked up based off a recommendation from Juliet Litman of The Ringer Podcast Network. Every so often she will mention a few books she is enjoying, and she mentioned The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner. Reading, watching, or hearing anything about prison usually makes me extremely anxious, but I decided to give this one a go after seeing Jonathan Franzen praise it as Kushner's best book yet. I am also in a big fiction-only phase right now, so it seemed to fit with my current reading interest.