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The Canadian Reading Challenge: Northwest Territories

After a running start at the beginning of the year, I’ve realized that I’m probably not going to reach my goal of reading a book that takes place in or was written by an author from each of the 13 Provinces and Territories within a year. However, I’d rather it take longer than planned than just give […]

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How I’m spending my dash

Just over a year ago, I blogged about the passage of time and our perception of it. The older I get, the more I fear a day when I’ll look back and wish I’d done things differently. I don’t want to be like the character in one of the novels I read this summer: “He found himself infused […]

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Summer Vacation

When I was growing up, we spent two weeks at Orr Lake every summer. I have lots of great memories, but one of my earliest is of evening walks to the store for the daily newspaper for my Dad and treats for us kids. Here’s a photo of my mother and me from around that […]

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The Canadian Reading Challenge: Newfoundland

After challenging myself to read one book representing each Canadian province and territory by the end of the year, I’d already covered four by the beginning of March. You might think I was rushing to get through the challenge, but only the books for Alberta and Saskatchewan were specifically chosen for this purpose. I decided […]

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The Canadian Reading Challenge: Ontario

I’m getting together with my book group tonight. We always enjoy each others’ company and a good pot luck meal. I haven’t taken anything I made from scratch for a while, so I’m looking forward to bringing Artichoke Quinoa Salad. As mentioned in my last post, we’ll be discussing The Freedom Writers Diary. I enjoyed […]

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The Canadian Reading Challenge: Manitoba

You know how you get excited about a particular book, but are disappointed when you actually read it? But sometimes it’s the other way around – a book you’re lukewarm about reading turns out to be amazing! That’s what happened to me with The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields. My book club had read it […]

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The Canadian Reading Challenge: Alberta

Although my original selection for Alberta didn’t turn out as planned, there was no doubt that my next choice would fit the bill, since the front cover promises “A novel of strange adventure in the Alberta Badlands.” I don’t read many adventures, but the back cover description appealed to me, and I could envision the […]

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The Canadian Reading Challenge: Saskatchewan

Happy belated New Year! How is 2016 going for you so far? I thought I’d start The Canadian Reading Challenge in Alberta and work my way alphabetically through the provinces and territories. I’ve had Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott on my shelf for about a year, and thought it would do nicely, since the back page stated that […]

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The Canadian Reading Challenge

I enjoyed Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2015 Reading Challenge so much that I’ve been eagerly watching her blog to see what her topics will be for next year. She posted her 2016 Reading Challenge today, but I couldn’t get excited about the categories. When I set out to find another challenge that would be more up my […]

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Challenge completed!

At the beginning of the year, I was excited to learn about a Reading Challenge posted by Modern Mrs. Darcy and decided it was right up my alley. There have been a couple of times where I wished I hadn’t, but determined to see it through, I persevered and am pleased to announce that I’m done! […]

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