Tag Archive | judge books by their covers

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 […]

Publishing 101

It’s the end of a busy week of lineups, schedule changes, bookstore browsing, and discussions about writing, publications and design. It’s the end of the first week of Centennial College’s Book and Magazine Publishing program, which will probably  take over my life for the next eight months. Before entering the program, I had many conversations […]

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 […]

Casually Designed

I was, am, and indefinitely will be a Harry Potter fan. These stories were a huge part of my growing-up years; I read the first book when I was 11, the same age as Harry. I still love the characters and the world that Rowling created, and all of the awesome names she came up […]

Gaiman’s Graveyard

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman, HarperCollins, 2008, 307 pages Finished June 12, 2012 You pick up this book. It’s about a baby whose entire family is murdered, though he survives by crawling to the safety of a graveyard where he is raised by its dead inhabitants. His childhood is spent roaming tombs and mausoleums, […]

A superficial reason to read the oldies

I haven’t read an exorbitant number of classics lately (except for a few Jane Austens), but check out these new editions: the Penguin English Library. They’re being published throughout the year. I like the updated cover designs; more stylish than the old black-and-orange ones. But, is Penguin trying to suggest that their “library” is THE […]