Category Archives: Book review

The Anodyne Necklace by Martha Grimes #minibookreview #murdermysteries

Martha Grimes’ Richard Jury mysteries are among my go-to reads when I need to soothe myself with excellent writing, characters drawn to life, and believable plots. This has been the latest one I’ve revisited, but it’s been so long, I

The Anodyne Necklace by Martha Grimes #minibookreview #murdermysteries

Martha Grimes’ Richard Jury mysteries are among my go-to reads when I need to soothe myself with excellent writing, characters drawn to life, and believable plots. This has been the latest one I’ve revisited, but it’s been so long, I

Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpoint illustrated by Manjit Thapp #allsaintsday #minibookreview

Today is All Saints Day in the Catholic religion, and I’m observing it by reading Julia Pierpoint’s Little Book of Feminist Saints, with gorgeous illustrations by Manjit Thapp. The collection includes obvious choices, such as my beloved Frida Kahlo: The reason

Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpoint illustrated by Manjit Thapp #allsaintsday #minibookreview

Today is All Saints Day in the Catholic religion, and I’m observing it by reading Julia Pierpoint’s Little Book of Feminist Saints, with gorgeous illustrations by Manjit Thapp. The collection includes obvious choices, such as my beloved Frida Kahlo: The reason

I’m Afraid of Men by VIVEK SHRAYA #minibookreview

I’ve been meaning to read Vivek Shraya’s I’m Afraid of Men ever since the book came out in 2018. I almost met Shraya when she was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2017 (almost, because there

I’m Afraid of Men by VIVEK SHRAYA #minibookreview

I’ve been meaning to read Vivek Shraya’s I’m Afraid of Men ever since the book came out in 2018. I almost met Shraya when she was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2017 (almost, because there

The Modern Tarot by Michelle Tea #bookreview #tarot

Today I want to introduce you to Michelle Tea, an American author, poet, and literary arts organizer whose (primarily) “autobiographical works explore queer culture, feminism, race, class, prostitution, and other topics.” (I quoth Wikipedia because I am lazy busy today.)

The Modern Tarot by Michelle Tea #bookreview #tarot

Today I want to introduce you to Michelle Tea, an American author, poet, and literary arts organizer whose (primarily) “autobiographical works explore queer culture, feminism, race, class, prostitution, and other topics.” (I quoth Wikipedia because I am lazy busy today.)

Gratitude #canadianthanksgiving #thanksgiving #gratitude

Today is Canadian Thanksgiving. (BTW, if you’re writing with me on Mondays–today’s writing prompt is “What are you doing to do with all that fruit?” And I am grateful to be alive. And fed, and housed, and clothed, and secured.

Gratitude #canadianthanksgiving #thanksgiving #gratitude

Today is Canadian Thanksgiving. (BTW, if you’re writing with me on Mondays–today’s writing prompt is “What are you doing to do with all that fruit?” And I am grateful to be alive. And fed, and housed, and clothed, and secured.

How to Avoid Making Art: a cartoon lecture from Julia Cameron #minibookreview

I spent a night last week  with Julia Cameron. Like, really. In person. We’re besties. Ok, there were hundreds of other people there. But we were in the same room. And we totally made eye-contact. (She was in Edmonton on

How to Avoid Making Art: a cartoon lecture from Julia Cameron #minibookreview

I spent a night last week  with Julia Cameron. Like, really. In person. We’re besties. Ok, there were hundreds of other people there. But we were in the same room. And we totally made eye-contact. (She was in Edmonton on

Elif Shafak’s BLACK MILK: On Writing, Motherhood, and the Harem Within #bookreview #motherhood #artisttoartist

Sometimes, I wish I listened to people. In 2011, when Elif Shafak’s Black Milk:On Writing, Motherhood, and the Harem Within first came out, someone urged to to read it so forcefully and vehemently that I, um, well, didn’t. Because I’m

Elif Shafak’s BLACK MILK: On Writing, Motherhood, and the Harem Within #bookreview #motherhood #artisttoartist

Sometimes, I wish I listened to people. In 2011, when Elif Shafak’s Black Milk:On Writing, Motherhood, and the Harem Within first came out, someone urged to to read it so forcefully and vehemently that I, um, well, didn’t. Because I’m

The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory revisited #bookreview #historicalnovel #alliknowabouthistoryilearntfromfiction

I had a chance to hear the legendary, amazing, awesome Philippa Gregory speak at a Calgary Wordfest event a couple of weeks ago. She was promoting her new novel, Tidelands, but generously recognized that most of us were there for

The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory revisited #bookreview #historicalnovel #alliknowabouthistoryilearntfromfiction

I had a chance to hear the legendary, amazing, awesome Philippa Gregory speak at a Calgary Wordfest event a couple of weeks ago. She was promoting her new novel, Tidelands, but generously recognized that most of us were there for

And now, for something completely different: Jane falls in love with Ryder Carroll #bulletjournal #bookreview

Ok, people. Here’s the thing. I’ve heard about the Bullet Journal forever. I live with a Bullet Journaller. I teach (my perverted interpretation) of Bullet Journalling in my Organized Creative workshops. I bought The Bullet Journal Method pretty much as

And now, for something completely different: Jane falls in love with Ryder Carroll #bulletjournal #bookreview

Ok, people. Here’s the thing. I’ve heard about the Bullet Journal forever. I live with a Bullet Journaller. I teach (my perverted interpretation) of Bullet Journalling in my Organized Creative workshops. I bought The Bullet Journal Method pretty much as

Death of a Chocoholic by Lee Hollis #minibookreview

So, I read this book… BLURB: Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell is not looking for love this Valentine’s Day. Of course she also isn’t planning on looking for a murderer. . . Fed up with dating after a disastrous

Death of a Chocoholic by Lee Hollis #minibookreview

So, I read this book… BLURB: Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell is not looking for love this Valentine’s Day. Of course she also isn’t planning on looking for a murderer. . . Fed up with dating after a disastrous

Cover of Elif Shafak's Forty Rules of Love

The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak #minibookreview

People, this book: BLURB: Ella Rubenstein is forty years old and unhappily married when she takes a job as a reader for a literary agent. Her first assignment is to read and report on Sweet Blasphemy, a novel written by a

Cover of Elif Shafak's Forty Rules of Love

The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak #minibookreview

People, this book: BLURB: Ella Rubenstein is forty years old and unhappily married when she takes a job as a reader for a literary agent. Her first assignment is to read and report on Sweet Blasphemy, a novel written by a