Feb. 9th, 2010

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Yarn Harlot -Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

I enjoyed these little stories and anecdotes about knitting--makes me want to knit more! I'm currently in the middle of a giant project, but once it's done, I have so many more things I want to make!

Company -Stephen Sondheim and George Furth

On my 35th birthday, I thought I should re-read the libretto of Company, now that I'm the age of the main character! God, I adore this musical. Even just reading it off the page was cool.

Good To A Fault -Marina Endicott

I'm starting to read the five shortlisted books for Canada Reads this year. I really enjoyed this book, in the end, but it took a while to get going. Really interesting premise--a woman causes a minor traffic accident, then ends up taking care of the family she hit. Very well-written and compelling.

Nikolski -Nicolas Dickner

Another Canada Reads title, a Quebecois novel in translation. While I was reading it, I totally adored it, but it hasn't stayed with me much. Three different quirky main characters, in alternating chapters, all distantly connected, though not aware of it. Dickner spins some great yarns, weaving in and out of the different stories--geography, identity, pirates, fish, books--good times!

The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters -Gordon Dahlquist

Let's see how I described this book to [livejournal.com profile] starfishchick the other day:

"I've also just read a crazy fun book that you might like: "The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters" by Gordon Dahlquist. I hadn't heard of it, or him, but some friends in Sweeney Todd picked it for a loosey goosey book club we sort of have. It's a fat, juicy rollicking page turner--I don't even know how I'd describe it...a gothic Victorian melodrama/suspense with elements of science fiction/steampunk and some sexy/kinky bits! Truly strange and silly, and a darned fun read. And I was delighted to learn that there are two more in the series!"

The Jade Peony -Wayson Choy

More Canada Reads reading. I'd heard amazing things about this book from people, so maybe I was expecting to be blown away, but I admit I wasn't. It was interesting, and readable, but it's probably my least favourite of the three CR titles I've read so far. It's told through the eyes of three siblings in a Chinese-Canadian family in Vancouver in the 1930s and 40s. There are great descriptions of Chinatown and Chinese culture of the time, and I found the third section, told by the youngest brother, quite compelling, but overall, it didn't leave a huge impression on me.


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