Thrill me, thrill me

It's the day after Halloween and I feel compelled to share something spooky. I never was one for murder mysteries in the past but in the last few years I'm drawn to thrillers, the suspense is killing me. The latest I've consumed is Final Girls by Riley Sager. Where normally I can sniff out an… Continue reading Thrill me, thrill me

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2015: A year in reading

(*) = a pick for top 10 of 2015 January The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O'Neill The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters Landline by Rainbow Rowell The Fever by Megan Abbott Shopaholic to the Stars  by Sophie Kinsella The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner I'm just getting my bearings working at… Continue reading 2015: A year in reading

Season’s readings

I wrote a gift guide for just about everyone on your list this year (or any year really). Give them to your shitty brother-in-law, your sad friend, a cool chick you know, any dumb kid and your favourite aspiring writer: Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies Give this book to a friend stuck in a shitty… Continue reading Season’s readings

Barbara the Slut and Other People and me

Some things have been sticking with me lately. Stories that I can't shake. Women I wish I knew, could sit next to, siphon strength off of. I first read Lauren Holmes' story "How Am I Supposed to Talk to You" in Granta but I didn't put two and two together until I was reading it… Continue reading Barbara the Slut and Other People and me

2014: A year in reading

January: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling), The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, Lazy Days by Erlend Loe It's always colder than I remember. I finally read JK Rowling's foray into mystery wondering why she needed to publish it under a male pen name. It's the year of #ReadWomen2014 and… Continue reading 2014: A year in reading

On being Not That Kind of Girl or a Bad Feminist and saying Yes Please anyway

It's been a trifecta of fantastic female role models publishing memoirs or memoir-like essay collections lately. I read them all one after the other with little pause on the bus, holding down laughter and tears in equal measure. It starts with Lena Dunham (doesn't it always?). Not That Kind of Girl is almost as uncomfortable… Continue reading On being Not That Kind of Girl or a Bad Feminist and saying Yes Please anyway

Think of all the books you could read

I hardly read at all this year---19 books, which is still more than one a month but woefully short of 2012's impressive 70. To me this feels like an abominable failure. When I was younger (but not that young, not young enough to admit this out loud and not feel totally embarrassed) I was terrified… Continue reading Think of all the books you could read

The Interestings, life, love and not knowing anything at all, ever

We get bound up in each other. It's inevitable. That's what makes life interesting—the push and pull of people, especially the ones that you yearn for in one way or another, although not always the way that they want. We make promises in our youth that lack the follow through of day-to-day living. We love… Continue reading The Interestings, life, love and not knowing anything at all, ever

Caught up with Lisa Moore

The hotter it gets outside the more vital the search for the perfect beach read becomes. Luckily, this year’s Canada Reads winner Lisa Moore just released her new novel Caught (June 2013, Anansi Press) and it has everything you’ll need this sweaty season—sharp lines, seedy characters and the kind of can’t-put-it-down suspense you might expect from a dime store… Continue reading Caught up with Lisa Moore

Love Water Memory

I review Love Water Memory over at The Coast: "Jennie Shortridge’s fifth novel takes pains to find sure footing but seems to stumble its way towards a climax. The characters are less well-rounded or real as they are sketches for a made-for-TV movie. Still, there’s something in a light read that strives for depth, not… Continue reading Love Water Memory