Tag Archive | 21st century lit

The Chick Lit Project

The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion, HarperCollins, 2013, 288 pages If I were to judge a book by it’s cover (which I always do; let’s be honest), I’d say that this one would be a quirky piece of chick lit with some sassy smarts on the side. Which is pretty much exactly what it is. […]

The Formula of Baking Cakes

Baking Cakes in Kigali – Gaile Parkin, McClelland & Stewart, 2009, 308 pages  Angel Tungaraza has moved to Rwanda with her husband, Pius, from their homeland of Tanzania. Angel bakes cakes. Angel owns a cake shop. Everyone loves Angel’s cakes. People come from far and wide to order her cakes, and while they discuss the […]

Fun Facts About Alice Munro – And Why You Should Be a Fan

Alice Munro, Canadian short story writer extraordinaire, was given the book world’s greatest honour in the form of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. The lady just seems so down-to-earth, full of humility and class. Here are a few fun things about Munro and her award that just may make you love her even more. […]

Forays into CanLit: The Miracles of Ordinary Men

The Miracles of Ordinary Men – Amanda Leduc, ECW, 2013, 321 pages It may seem odd for a Canadian who happens to be a lit lover to feel the need to remark on her indulgences of her own country’s fiction. You have to understand, I’ve been conditioned to think that I disliked CanLit since high […]

A Bookish Affair

The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde, Hodder, 2001, 384 pages As a fan of Jane Eyre and, well, books in general, the premise of Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series has intrigued me for years. Imagine a fantasy world designed specifically for book-lovers. The first in the series, The Eyre Affair, follows the life of Thursday […]

A Curious Perspective

the curious incident of the dog in the night-time – Mark Haddon, Vintage, 2003, 240 pages Here’s a genuinely novel concept for a book: write a first-person narrative. Make the narrator a young boy with a behavioural disorder (think Asperger’s or Autism). Make it a mystery novel, about a bigger mystery than just the titular Dog, […]

The Age of Miracles: “Not Fear, but a Thrill”

The Age of Miracles – Karen Thompson Walker, Random House, 2012, 320 pages This book was a breeze to get through – the plot unravels so smoothly you could sit down to read it and be halfway through before you’ve even glanced up at the clock. At least that’s what I did. This coming of […]