Biography, Comedy, Fantasy, Fiction, Kids Books

The Short Stack.

Good morning everyone!

I’m clearing house of the tiny reviews. So here’s four to take a gander at.

Summer of My Amazing Luck—Miriam Toews

Literally only picked this up because I knew it was set in the summer. (Book challenge #14-A Book Set in the Summer [26BooksWithBringingUpBurns 2015.])

What a treat it was though! I love this writer, she’s really in tune with empathy over sympathy. It’s very interesting to read her books because they are about real humans and their struggles.

All about people living on welfare and their troubles, stories, and how they rise or fall.

Definitely interesting to pick up. In this you follow Lucy through how she got to the Have-A-Life welfare housing, how she makes friends, and then ends up on a road trip with her friend Lish to find a fire eater that knocked her up awhile ago.

Very cool take, I can’t gush enough about this writer, but I’ll stop for your sake.

Truly great.

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I Feel Bad About My Neck (And Other thoughts on being a woman)—Nora Efron

Okay. This also might seem like an odd choice for me to read but hear me out:

I was reading a lot of female authors and was like ‘Hey. This lady writes sweet movies and books and maybe she has some perspective as well on being a woman that would interest me like the last five!”

Well unless you are over 50, don’t bother with this.

I found it quite boring and useless. Which sounds awful since I do like her movies, but I didn’t gain anything from this or learn anything besides ‘I never want to get old’.

*Audience booing*

To be completely fair to her: I will read her other books in the future, I just happened to pick a dud for my age group. Her writing was good, I just didn’t connect to what she was going through and didn’t much care for her stories.

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(#16 A Book You Learned About Because of this Challenge….this might be a stretch I think, I was just trying to fill in holes. But I did learn about this because of the other books I was looking through for this challenge, so that has to count.)

The Pilot’s Wife—Anita Shreve

Someone suggested this to me when I lived in Vancouver and it’s been sitting around on my shelves ever since.

That’s how backed up my reading list is. I’m hitting living at home for two years already.

Jesus Christ I need to get my shit together.

Anyway.

This book is about a woman (obviously) who’s husband was a pilot.

Shocker. Haha.

Her husbands plane goes down and she has to deal with all that comes with it. Including their teenage daughter and her grief.

I really loved this book actually, it was beautifully written, not overwhelming with emotions and drama, and enough mystery to hold my attention.

Thank you to the random lady in Vancouver who suggested that I read Anita Shreve’s books. I’m excited to read more of her stuff in the future.

(#18 A book with a blue cover.)

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Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Yuletide Yahoos, Ho-Ho-Humblebraggers, and Other Seasonal Scourges—Jen Mann

This book jumped the line because I was in the mood for a holiday laugh. (I read this around Christmas) My cousins family gave this to me. (I’m their nanny and I get all the good stuff from them. Including baby snuggles!)

It was hysterical. And accurate as all hell.

Start to finish had me laughing. And nodding like ‘I feel ya girl!”.

Definitely worth it for a present to someone with a sense of humour around the holidays. Or for a treat for yourself because it was awesome.

Short and sweet and to the point. Just like this review.

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Bunnicula—Deborah and James Howe

Another present from a family member, my Auntie Jo (or as she calls herself Aunt Torage. Best word play of life.) I was presented with this for my birthday because I love bunnies, I love horror, and I love ridiculous novels written for children.

This was a good and spoooOOOoooky read.

Okay, it was all right. It IS for kids after all. But it was pretty cute and funny and I’m sure some kid somewhere is having nightmares about this rabbit.

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Happy Monday everyone! Constant vigilance!

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Fiction

The Flying Troutmans–Miriam Toews

I first read “A Complicated Kindness” by her and immediately fell in love with her writing. It’s so interesting, and her story arcs aren’t complicated even though her characters are.

The Flying Troutmans is about a woman who flies home to help her sister, who is bedridden and losing her mind, in order to watch over her and her sisters kids.

This turns into checking her sister into an institution to care for her and the family driving across country to find their long lost father so that Hattie doesn’t have to have the responsibility of raising the kids, even though she loves them.

There is so much more to this book than I can describe. They are interesting pieces of art these characters and it all flows together so nicely. I’ll definitely be reading more of her stuff in the future.

Constant vigilance.

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Fiction, Modern Classic

A Complicated Kindness–Miriam Toews

I loved this book. It was so well written and beautiful and sad and just everything, you know? It immediately made me a fan of Miriam Toews and I’ve had it on my shelf for years because my sister had been telling me it was one of her favourite books and it reminded her of one of her favourite people whenever she saw it on her shelf.

And finally after all this time I read it. It was worth the wait because it was just so lovely that if I had read it when she told me to I wouldn’t have been mature enough to appreciate it. Back then (I’m talking like six years ago I think) I was all (cringe, cringe) Twilight and romance novels up the ying yang. Sure I read some lovelies, but I wasn’t developmentally ready for this book. I was too far-gone in school and trying to figure out life. (I still haven’t.)

It’s about a girl called Nomi Nickels who lives in a Mennonite community and her family is torn apart by it. She lives with her odd duck of a father after her mother and sister have left the family and town never to return.

I can’t even tell you how much I just genuinely liked this book. Cover to cover, inch by inch, it was interesting. Definitely add it to your list.

Constant vigilance.

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Book Hunting, Uncategorized

Book Hunting

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Day Two: Out with the sister in a new spot! Some books I’ve been looking for and others just by favourite authors I’ve stumbled upon! (Highest price yet, 23 bucks for 11 books)