Hi! In my previous post, I invite my fellow bloggers to introduce themselves: where you live, how you are since spring and summer. I shared news and mentioned two birds who were a surprise where we live. I am eager to hear from my peers. Travel? Gardening? Bird-watching? Concerts? Garage-sale hopping? I love all of that and will write about those in the weeks to come.
~ BRIEF GROUP BIZ ~
* My challengers should know there is a review page accompanying each of my 3 groups. Some folks signed-up and do write reviews but haven’t added any URLs. Don’t miss those pages. However reviewing isn’t required. If you solely like to read, please revisit the blog to list titles periodically; in any comment boxes belonging the groups.
A few who joined have not added themselves to the sign-up buttons at the main pages. Please be sure I know you’re with us. :) Lastly, I like my blog subscribers to be voluntary. I am tickled pick by each of you who is following along with me! I completely understand we can only monitor a few.
The first activities for all of my groups will be unveiled tomorrow!
Guests not subscribed needn’t miss special events. We can only HAVE special events if there are participants each time. Please send me a note to indicate you’d like me to e-mail links, when prize activities come out. [ AlyshaeB(at)hotmail(dot)com ]. If you aren’t keen on activities and prefer sticking to your reading commitment, that’s worth telling me too. I won’t wonder if those folks are missing posts. Any questions, any time are welcome by e-mail, at Goodreads, and via blog comment.
ALRIGHT! I OFFER THIS DISCUSSION, FOR EVERYBODY WHO IS A READER.
What have you noticed about your literary journeys this year?
I am reading more than ever before; even with a slow start. I belong to several ‘reading challenge’ groups and nearly all of them close December 31. In January, I feel burned-out by a rush to achieve goals. This new year; I went days before beginning to read at all. When I did, instead of browsing groups of any themes; I preferred to choose any book I felt like reading. I have a good stockpile here at home and this time, my mood has full reign. I solely matched them with my own three. Over the next weeks, when I plug them into the bunch I did join, it will be satisfying to be consulting a list of books that are already finished!
I did accommodate the Canadian group, which concludes each year on June 30th. This theme has given me a boost to reading more authors from our country than ever before.
When you think of Canadian literature, which impressions leaps to mind?
I used to think it was largely highbrow, or memoirs of hardship. I didn’t think it would whet my taste for mystery but to my happy surprise, many of my favourite authors are now (or were) from here: Lyn Hamilton, Victoria Abbott / Mary Jane Maffini, Howard Engel, Charlotte MacLeod, Gail Bowen, Eric Wright. Mordecai Richler’s “Jacob Two-Two” series and anything by Farley Mowat are also worth mentioning. I was proud that my reading covered every province (10) and territory (3)! Lately, I’ve learned a lot about provinces with which I am least familiar: Nunavut, Newfoundland, and a few books were set in Québec. I’ve been to Montréal twice.
Also a wonderful surprise is that our classics, stories that might not have resonated with me in school, I find fantastic today. I see why Manitoba’s own Gabrielle Roy and Margaret Laurence are considered very, very good. Goodness gracious, they spin words and vocabulary in soaring, enchanting ways that few have the skill to conceive of. It’s a treat to know that ‘school books’ I have long imagined to be dry or dreary, are enjoyable journeys.
Who are the celebrities in your regions?
I am pleased this year to be fitting in a lot of books I long considered reading. Also from my home province is Guy Gavriel Kay. He is a famous fantasy author who has assisted John Tolkien’s estate. I’ve tried poetry, which still is not my forté and it has been fun to delve into far more non-fiction than I’ve ever read. Fun things like “Crazy Canadian Trivia”, animal heroes, ghosts, and sombre things like “Canadian Disasters”, by René Schmidt. It is an easy but eye-opening education in old and recent incidents. What impressed me and sticks with me is that it isn’t all mining accidents and shipwrecks, which usually create a respectful distance from history.
It includes Winnipeg’s 1997 flood (I witnessed that) and water contamination in Walkterton, Ontario that sent a lazy plant manager to jail. By the news we have seen over the years, I imagine many American peers could connect themselves with humanly-responsible, or memorable weather events.
Now that we’ve started, I look forward to many conversations with folks who stop by my blog. My feedback on any titles of interest to you, can be found in a summary page and one specific to Canada. The reviews submitted by my 2015 reading challenge participants will be gathered in their own menu soon. Please keep your eyes peeled for that, at the top of my blog!
HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR READING?
FAVOURITES, FORAYS OUTSIDE YOUR WHEELHOUSE,
LONG-AWAITED ACQUAINTANCE, NOTEWORTHY JOURNEYS?