Sunday, November 06, 2011

What are YOU reading?

Simon at Stuck in a Book has originated this entertaining meme that I just came across at Danielle's blog, A Work in Progress. Though I'm joining in a few days late, it's too fun to ignore. It's all about what we're reading....will you join in, too? Snap a picture of the books that fit these categories for you, and share!

Since it is an unseasonably warm and sunny and gorgeous November Sunday here, I decided to snap each of my books in the garden. What a delight to be able to do so in November :)

1.) The book I'm currently reading:
Flying with Amelia / Anne DeGrace

I've just begun this one: a novel in short stories spanning a century of Canadian life. I've read all her other books and really enjoy her style. This one promises to be just as interesting, and not only do I love her stories, I love the format they come in: the uniform size of all her books fits perfectly in my hand.

2.) The last book I finished:
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows / Alan Bradley

Do I have to explain why I read this so quickly? It's Flavia! And it's fantastic. Full review is forthcoming...but really, Christmas at Buckshaw with mystery, mayhem and can it get better than that?

3.) The next book I want to read:
The Unending Mystery: a journey through labyrinths and mazes / David Willis McCullough

I've owned this book for a while but have a renewed passion for reading it since I've just become a trained labyrinth facilitator, and want to know even more. It's a lovely book with lots to tempt me so I'm just going to finally read it.

4.) The last book I bought:
One to One / Christina Baldwin

A classic of journal writing, I've been looking for this book for years. This is a revised edition, and it was casually sitting on a shelf in the bookshop of the retreat centre where I was just studying labyrinths. Meant to be!

5.) The last book I was given:
To Join the Lost / Seth Steinzor (review copy)

Honestly, nobody ever gives me books anymore. It's too risky -- I probably already have it, or have read it. But I still do request books occasionally via publicists & publishers and this was one that I just received. As you can see from the forest of bookmarks at the top, I've been working away on this for a while now and am finding it very intriguing...

6.) The last book I borrowed:

Taking my cue from Danielle, I added this category -- as a librarian, how could I not mention the last book I brought home?

The Town that Drowned / Riel Nason

A new novel by a new author, this is a story of a girl who sees her town underwater in a vision, only to later discover that the government is building a dam which will flood their entire New Brunswick valley. Is she psychic? Or as the girls as school seem to think, merely psycho? Time will tell.......


  1. I can't wait for my copy of the new Flavia to arrive (crossing my fingers for tomorrow) because I just love her. All the books in that series are great!

  2. Wandering Coyote - sadly this one is slightly shorter than the others ...I wanted it to keep on going! It was wonderful. Of course!

  3. "a trained labyrinth facilitator"

    What??? Intrigued am I.

  4. Kerry - I trained with Lauren Artress of Veriditas, the doyenne of the labyrinth movement. It was amazing. Ready to lead some labyrinth events now...introducing labyrinth walking as a meditative process. Msg me for more info if you would like to hear more...

  5. Thanks so much for the read and the mention of The Town That Drowned -- as a newbie I really appreciate it!

  6. I really enjoy this meme. Always nice to see what people are reading!

  7. And I'm so bad! I've returned poor Irene Nemirovsky back to the library. Since you will probably know how it goes, too, I have been borrowing altogether TOO many books lately. I keep looking at my leaning tower of books and then the calendar and wondering how I will possibly manage them all. I won't so I have a much more pared down pile--the books I am actually reading at the moment and a few more. Now to keep it that way... I love this meme and seeing what everyone else is reading--I really need to read the Bradley books--they sound like fun and would be right up my alley. The Town that Drowned sounds good, too--I have read other books with flooded towns--it's sort of an eerie thought!

  8. Riel - glad you saw this! Enjoying the book now

    Kailana - yes, it was fun to click around and see what others are reading - unfortunately it just adds to the tbr which never, ever seems to diminish ;)

    Danielle - I've taken a bunch of unread books back to work lately...just so busy! At least having them at home for a while feels like I've become acquainted with them :) You would love the Bradley books, I think, I hope you can find them.

    I've read a couple of books about drowned towns, and they are eerily fascinating.


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