The Dark Net by Jamie Bartlett

Title: The Dark Net: Inside the Digital World
Author: Jamie Bartlett
My Rating: ♥♥♥

I heard about The Dark Net in a podcast I was listening to about the horrible things that people get up to on corners of the internet. The author was interviewed on the topic, and it sounded like he had some interesting things to say. I’m sure I must have heard about the “dark net” before, but it didn’t stick and it felt like I was hearing about it for the first time. A world of secret websites where anything goes and you can’t get there using a normal browser? Tell me more! Continue reading

Wenjack by Joseph Boyden

Title: Wenjack
Author: Joseph Boyden
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥

WenjackStories about Indigenous Canadians have been my flavour of the month. I started out with Secret Path by Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire, and continued with The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew. My Canada Reads 2017 favourite was The Break by Katherena Vermette (sadly voted out on day one, but that’s another story for another time).

Wenjack tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year old boy who ran away from a residential school in 1966. Sadly, he didn’t know that his family lived hundreds of kilometres away when he set out to walk home along the train tracks, and he passed away after only a few days out there. Continue reading

The Break by Katherena Vermette

Title: The Break
Author: Katherena Vermette

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

The BreakI hope this book wins Canada Reads 2017. There you go. Out of all of the 6 or 7 longlist and shortlisted books I’ve read so far, this one stands way ahead of the rest in my opinion.

The book starts with Stella, a mother who hears and sees a terrible attack outside her house. With her baby and young daughter in the house, she can’t really run outside to help, so she calls the police. From there, the story slowly and delightfully unravels, with each chapter told from the perspective of a different woman from four generations in the same family. Continue reading

Where I Get Books (Hint: I haven’t bought a book for years)

I don’t really buy books. I share my very small apartment with my partner and two cats, and sadly we just don’t have room for that room full of library that I dreamed about as a child.

The other thing is that I just don’t really tend to read books more than once. There are SO MANY good books out there, and so little time to read them all. Sometimes I hear about people who have read one book many times, and I just wonder how they can possibly have enough time in their lives to do so??!

So here’s the thing: I haven’t bought a book for years! Before you jump on me and assume I’m downloading e-books illegally or something, I don’t do that either. No, I get all of my books in a legal and legitimate way, I just don’t feel the need to buy a physical copy of each book.

So, where do I get my books? Well, I’ve decided to make this post about where I get my books. Continue reading

CBC Canada Reads 2017: Meet The Contenders

I’ve decided to following along at home with the 2017 CBC Canada Reads. When CBC announced the 15 books on the longlist, I chose 8 of them that appealed most to me, and I was able to get through 5 of my picks them before they announced the 5 contenders yesterday (January 31, 2017).

Yesterday, CBC announced the 5 contenders and the 5 Canadians that will be defending them. Luckily for me, 2 of the books I read are now in the final 5: Fifteen Dogs and Nostalgia. One more of the final 5, The Break, was on my list to read, but I wasn’t able to get it from the library in time. Including The Break, I’ve got 3 books to read before the competition begin on March 27th.

So, in case you haven’t seen the list splashed all over the blogosphere yet, here is a little bit about the 5 contenders and their defenders for CBC Canada Reads 2017: Continue reading