books

My favourite books of the last year (or two)

It’s been awhile since my last favourite book list. Admittedly, there was a long stretch when I was hard pressed to find a good book, let alone recommend one. And then the drought ended and good books started to flow again. Some of the selections below were published this year, while others are a year or two old. Regardless of their birthdate, in my opinion, all are worth the effort. As you Christmas shop or plan your holiday break read, keep these gems in mind: Descent Tim Johnston Once I got into this book, I could not put it down. [...]

My favourite books of 2012

The year started off slow. I struggled to find a book that made me want to keep reading. And then the flood gates opened. One great book begat another, and another, and another. I even found a book that I count as one of my favourite books of all time. Now that doesn’t happen every year. While 2012 is not over, I thought I’d share my list now in case you wanted to pick up one or more of these for the favourite people on your Christmas list. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking [...]

My Favourite Books in 2011

I know this post is very Oprah-like (and we all know how I feel about Oprah), but one of the things I love is to find and share a great read. If I measure my year by the number of good books discovered, 2011 ranks highly.  So many authors, both new and always loved, captured my attention. And my new Kobo Touch was so much fun to use, it made me read more and took my love of reading to a whole new level. Be forewarned: most of the books listed here are woman fare and are all fiction (the [...]

“I have cheated on you.”

I confess.  I have cheated. Yes, paper books, I have cheated on you. I am having an affair with my e-reader. It started off as innocent flirtation. Kobo Touch is a cool, handsome gadget that admittedly has some pretty smooth moves. But my love of paper books runs deep. We have been together a long time. Flirtation is healthy, I reasoned, especially since Kobo and I would only ever be occasional travel companions. I rationalized that our relationship would start with just a book or two; simply two friends getting to know one another. Nothing more. Why? Because I love [...]

Why I am not a foodie

If you don’t know me, you might read this title and think I don’t like food. If you do know me, you will be a bit confused. Why?  Because I love food. Big HEART love it. I just hate being called a foodie. I think I have done many of the things to credibly qualify as a “foodie”.  I was editor of a food magazine, Food for Thought, for nearly 5 years.  I knew how to roast a turkey and make my own stuffing by the age of 12. I had horseshoes on my ass when I got to go [...]