Autumn is my favourite season, especially on the island. #OCanada


Feeling Autumnal

Book Challenge 2016, Books, Images, Quoted


D’Artagnan, the original playa:

Do not depend upon me, madame, for the next meeting; since my convalescence I have so many affairs of this kind on my hands, that I am forced to regulate them a little. When your turn comes, I shall have the honour to inform you of it. I kiss your hands.

Poor Lady DeWinter (ha!).

Quoted: The Three Musketeers

Book Challenge 2016, Books, One-Liners

The Truth Commission by Susan Juby


At first, I wasn’t sure what to think of this novel. It’s set in Nanaimo, which I love. It’s written by an award-winning Canadian author, whom I’d never read before, which I also love. It’s quirky, smart, and funny, with well-drawn characters and a host of interesting art projects that I would never in a million years have thought up. It’s fun-loving YA. But increasingly, it’s sad and more than a little horrifying. The Pale family dynamic, everything about Normandy’s sister from start to finish, the truths they uncover at school, the truths they uncover within their friend group and within themselves… it gets pretty dark, man. And it wasn’t at all what I expected. So I was inclined to review this one as a “take it or leave it” read. Something that I enjoyed, but that I wouldn’t necessarily recommend. But then, as I was writing my first draft of this review, something dinged (thank you, undergrad degree).

I see what you did there, Juby. Your book (or Normandy’s creative nonfiction) reads the way a hidden truth is discovered. From light hearted fun and games (and slight parental neglect), it gradually devolves to “wait, what?”, then to “ohhhhhhh no”, and finally comes to a screeching halt when everything is revealed. It’s masterful writing, embellished by well-placed illustrations, and cleverly interrupted by entertaining, insightful, and informative footnotes. So, I’m upgrading it to a “take it” read, which I’m very happy to do, since I purchased it while book shopping with the author, who is a lovely person.

No. 13 on my challenge. “Susan Juby lives with her husband and their dog in Nanaimo, BC, Canada, the setting of many of her books.”


Book Challenge 2016, Books, One-Liners

Patrin by Theresa Kishkan

Never before has a book—much less a literary novella—had such an impact on my sense of place. Patrin’s European travels as a young woman, her homecoming to Victoria, and then her journey to find traces of her family and heritage in Czechoslovakia simultaneously conjured within me an intense wanderlust, a fierce sense of belonging, and an acute yearning for home. Not only that, it made me thankful for the strong relationships I have with my family—especially my grandparents—and grateful that I have never had to question where I come from (something that I’ve never had cause to consider). Packaged in a gorgeously crafted narrative that often reads more like poetry than prose, this little tale will stay with me for much longer than the ninety minutes it took for me to absorb.

No. 11 on my challenge, though technically it was a gift. Good thing, too, because I don’t know that I’d be able to return it. This one has found a forever home on my shelf.

Book Challenge 2016, Books, One-Liners

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

First I loved Eleanor & Park. And then I loved Attachments. And now I love Landline. I think it’s safe to say that I’m a fan of Rainbow Rowell. Big fan.

Landline is funny, charming, sad, magical, mystical, hopeful, tense, and a little time-bendy. It’s about relationships—between husband and wife, mothers and daughters, best friends, boy and girl, girl and girl, even pug and woman (get your mind outta the gutter), and how one neurotic wife-mother-working-woman juggles all of these relationships during the holiday season. It’s light enough that you’ll laugh out loud, tender enough that you’ll get the warm fuzzies when she talks about her husband’s dimples, and overwrought with just enough anxiety that you’ll actively cheer when even the littlest of things goes well.

No. 4 on my challenge, obviously.


In celebration of The 50th Annual CMA Awards, the CMA created this awesome video of thirty award-winning country acts signing a mashup of John Denver’s Take Me Home, Country Roads, Willie Nelson’s On the Road Again, and Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You. I love it too much. I’ve been listening to it on repeat all day and I still have goosebumps.

I usually post the lyrics as well, but they’re annotated on Genius, so you should go there if you want to sing along (which could be difficult).

Featuring: Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Randy Travis, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Kacey Musgraves, Eric Church, Ronnie Milsap, Dierks Bentley, Charley Pride, Trisha Yearwood, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Martina McBride, Jason Aldean, Rascal Flats, Willie Nelson, Brooks and Dunn, Alabama, Brett Eldredge, Reba, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood, and Dolly Parton.

Of interest: watch the making of the video.