How are your reading journeys?

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.

A forest walk in 1998, the Whiteshell region.

Forest leisure in 1998:  Whiteshell, Manitoba region.


*  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!

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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 WrightMordecai 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.

Canadian Vista

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!

Reviews – MINE

Reviews – CANADIAN



About RIEDEL Fascination

I cherish animals, plants, reading, music and free spirituality. I welcome you for articles, literary activities, and interaction! Surrounding ourselves with good people is a delight. I occasionally review at The Book Depository.
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4 Responses to How are your reading journeys?

  1. Dagny says:

    Thanks for that short list of Canadian authors. I’ve read both Lyn Hamilton and Charlotte MacLeod without realizing they were Canadians.

    • Hello! How are you? Charlotte is a unique treasure whose vocabulary was as intellectual and creative as the classics but in popular fiction with absolute whimsy; which you know. Noting that Lyn was Canadian convinced me to buy her. I let widely-spectrumed reviews waiver but am glad I saw for myself that I love her. I wish they both were still here to talk with and publish more for us.

  2. What have you noticed about your literary journeys this year?

    You know, I simply love this question. It’s a question I don’t think about enough, and when I hear it I think, wow, we should keep trying to grow and reflect on our literary journeys every year anyway!

    Now that I have to think about…I don’t know. I, like you, join challenges. I flock to them at the beginning of the year and especially grab up genre challenges, but also some random fun ones and generalized challenges too. This year I set a resolution to re-read most of my Barbara Michaels collection for review purposes, read through most of my comics graphic novels and superhero themed books, read more horror mystery and drama, and other random small side-challenges. What’s changed this year is I realize I don’t enjoy Harlequins as much as I used to – they’re great for moods but not as enjoyable overall. I still love middle grade and YA if it’s well written and adventurous. I’m loving revisiting Barbara Michaels. Most dramas I try I tend to like a lot, so I want to read a lot more in that genre. For this year is the first time I read a straight science fiction, and actually enjoyed it quite a bit.

    When you think of Canadian literature, which impressions leaps to mind?

    Unfortunately nothing comes to mind really. I’m primarily a genre read who is geographically challenged in real life (seriously, have embarrased myself several times…) and doesn’t pay much attention to location in books. The only thing that comes to mind is Tanya Huff is a Canadian writer and sets a lot of her books in those areas.

    Who are the celebrities in your regions?

    Florida probably has a lot of hidden celebrities – I know Stephen King moved her and spends most of his time here. Sadly nowhere near me!

    • Thank you for this engaging and rewarding response to my queries! I know Stephen’s daughter and her wife/mate are in Florida. Did he sell the Bangor house? Loving your roots doesn’t stop anyone from enjoying alligators, more fruit, ships, and sunken treasure! I could have elaborated a great deal more on my other reading but thought it best not to leave my subscribers with an essay and simply direct y’all to my review menus. Dagny, a longer Canadian list is in there! Speaking of Canadian writers Erin, does your oblivion to geography include music? I love telling people which artists are ours too. LOL!

      What defines drama? I don’t usually go for general fiction; my wheelhouse is paranormal / anything ethereal, mystery, or fantasy. I certainly read children’s books to get my fill of it if I have to. Barbara / Elizabeth is among the few I know (so far) who does a decent adult ghost story. Do you read in publication order or whatever you want? I’m trying to read her in publication order, not counting the Georgetown trilogy and based on what I own. I’m only missing a few but she’s easy to obtain. I *will* post a trade list about others I’m seeking. As everyone will see when they win something and are granted a look at prize selection; I have tonnes of used books to trade. Thank you, everyone answering so far!

      If drama means general fiction, Maeve Binchy is my exception. I can love any author if the focus is on the emotions of the protagonist and the writing is good. You might like her first full novel: “Light A Penny Candle”. I gave it 5 stars. See my review; I’m very careful that they are never spoilers.

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