The Past by Tessa Hadley

  I finished this book recently, it had been one of Steven Kings suggestions in his book On Writing.  It’s about a family past and present.  The characters are likable and vivid.  There are quite a few passages I had to highlight because of the quality of writing in this book.  When a sentence can evoke a feeling in the reader, that sends chills down my spine.  It’s a gift really.  Not many have the skill to bring the reader into the mind of a character.  Definitely worth a read.


The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

I finished this book a few days ago. It’s the story of a bookseller living on an island and how he travels through grief and life to find happiness. I found it moving and very funny at times. The main characters A.J. and Amelia both have equal airtime in the beginning but for some reason Amelia gets dropped for A.J.’s story leaving me wondering what happened to her even after she rejoins the story. I wanted to know more about her, she was such a developed character in the beginning. The other threads of the story bring a lot of interest and keeps you reading so not all is lost. I enjoyed this book overall.
Here is a quote I loved: “We aren’t the things we collect, acquire, read. We are, for as long as we are here, only love. The things we loved. The people we loved.”


Apocalypse for Beginners by Nicolas Dickner

I liked this book. It was a cute story, a quick read. It’s Canadian, set in Rivière-du-Loup. I identified with Hope the main character. Specifically her love of David Suzuki. The story is about two young peoples journeys through the 1990’s and Hope’s families obsession with the end of time. This book shows mental illness through a young girls eyes, it’s honest and funny.

I’ve read Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner a few years ago when it won Canada Reads and enjoyed it.