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Books and book chat

Book reviews and interesting discussions about reading and writing

Guest bookgaga reviewer Rebecca's attention was held by Jason Guriel's poetry collection Satisfying Clicking Sound.

Satisfying Clicking Sound, by Jason Guriel | bookgaga

Eimear McBride takes you inside a young woman’s mind teeming so violently, body pained so volcanically, soul torn so profoundly that you’re left shaking by the last page … if you last to that point. You might not. As McBride inhabits this character at the cellular level, the effect is scorchingly intimate, uncomfortable, unbearable and possibly unreadable for some at times. The rewards and insights are great, though, for the reader that can persevere with this thorny, brilliant debut novel.

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, by Eimear McBride | bookgaga

Our year-long examination of books coming into and departing our household continues ... and Little Free Library boxes on our neighbourhood continue to be the biggest beneficiaries of the exercise.

Book traffic report #5 | bookgaga

There are many ways to contemplate the books that make us proud to be Canadian. CBC Books offers their list of 100 Novels here: ... and we used that as the basis of our own list of 100 novels and short story collections here:

Sandra Beck, by John Lavery | bookgaga

It feels like another good year of reading, from the vantage point of halfway through. The CanLit content feels like it's at a good level, too. Hope your 2014 is going well reading-wise, too!

2014 reading list (so far) | bookgaga

Craig Davidson, Vincent Lam, Claire Cameron, Noah Richler and more tout the Luminato literary picnic extraordinaire taking place in Toronto on June 15th, 2014.

For days after finishing New Tab by Guillaume Morissette, I kept thinking Thomas’ friend Shannon might pop up on Facebook chat. That’s how disarmingly, perhaps unwittingly, authentic the characters are in this book. That authenticity is especially surprising given that Thomas, Shannon and their shifting circle of roommates, workmates, classmates and various acquaintances are often just disembodied virtual entities, to each other and to the reader.

New Tab, by Guillaume Morissette | bookgaga

Who is the Man? Each reader who follows Joe’s journey in Waiting For the Man by Arjun Basu is likely to have a different answer.

Waiting For the Man, by Arjun Basu | bookgaga

As they continue to fly in and out of our household, and we're learning more and more new things about how we consume books.

April 1st: I'm a Page Turner. Are You? — Project Bookmark Canada. Let's help Project Bookmark Canada build what Kristen den Hartog calls a "literary TransCanada highway."

Feeling re-energized after this year's edition of Canada Reads, I have some thoughts about the 2015 edition ... and am delighted to share thoughts with commenters.

It's an immense book, but an amazing one ... Here are my brief thoughts on why I enjoyed *and* I hope to revisit The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.

a review of The Luminaries

Spend some time with some poets ... how about 500 of them?

Still continuing to keep an eye on the incoming and outgoing book traffic in this household ...

Book traffic report #2 | bookgaga

Little Free Library boxes are popping up all over east end Toronto. They're “take a book, return a book” gathering places where neighbours share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too!

My guest reviewers to the Bookgaga blog who have been evaluating the five Canada Reads 2014 finalists have done an amazing job. My fifth guest, Paul Whelan, finds much to commend the thorny and provocative Cockroach by Rawi Hage.

I continue to welcome guest reviewers to the Bookgaga blog to evaluate the five Canada Reads 2014 finalists. My fourth guest, Rebecca Hansford, takes a fresh and enthusiastic look at Margaret Atwood's The Year of the Flood.

I continue to welcome guest reviewers to the Bookgaga blog to evaluate the five Canada Reads 2014 finalists. My third guest, Sue Reynolds, builds a compelling case for Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan as the book that all Canadians should read as a driver of social change.

Here's what we're learning so far about the incoming and outgoing book traffic at our house ...

I loved Lynn Davies' how the gods pour tea ... "like crates of potatoes and abandoned roads."

I continue to welcome guest reviewers to the Bookgaga blog to evaluate the five Canada Reads 2014 finalists. Next up, Natasha Hesch pays lovely tribute to Annabel by Kathleen Winter.

Kerry Clare observes, "To understand her as un-English makes it all so much clearer, to think of her work in the context of Beckett’s. Her complexity as a person, as a character–impossible and infinitely loveable. "

Penelope Fitzgerald and the Holiday Read « Pickle Me This

I'm welcoming guest reviewers to the Bookgaga blog to evaluate the five Canada Reads 2014 finalists. In this first installment, Cheryl Finch carefully considers The Orenda by Joseph Boyden.