Hello friends! I hope you are enjoying the books that you are reading. I’m panicking a little because it’s already November and there are so many books I would like to read by the end of the year (I’m looking at you War and Peace). Do you have a book or books that are a priority before the end of 2014?
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF AUTHORS
Now that it’s over, I’m kicking myself for not trying to get to more of the events. I only attended the one day and held my breath the entire time because I could just feel all the authors walking around me … I just couldn’t recognize anyone. If only they attached book covers to their delegate badge!
The biggest event I attended was a CanLit reading with Steven Galloway (The Confabulist), Aislinn Hunter (The World Before Us), Lee Maracle (Celia’s Song) and Carrie Snyder (Girl Runner). I even sat behind the author’s table and stared at their heads. During the reading, we weren’t allowed to take pictures, but I snagged a few pics during the book signing before I had to run off.
During the reading, I knew I was sitting with an author, but didn’t know until she started tweeting me that it was Ania Szado who wrote Studio Saint-Ex. Ania must have been my good luck charm because lucky me, I won the door prize!
The volunteers at the door congratulated me, saying now I had all of my Christmas gifts. Thinking I had only won a handful of books, I said, “Oh no, I’m going to keep all of them.” When they said, “$500 worth of books?” my jaw dropped to the ground.
Thank you House of Anansi and IFOA for my prize! I’m still floating on air.
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Nonfiction November – It’s only the first week and I’m having an amazing time talking to other bloggers about nonfiction. You can read my introduction post and year in nonfiction post to learn more about the event.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – I think I would like to read this for the holidays. Would anyone be interested in joining me?
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BOOKS I’M READING
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – I don’t know whether it’s the Ebola panic (which I haven’t been worried about) or the fact this book is set where I live and work, but I started freaking out a little and put it aside.
The Awakening by Kate Chopin – I like it so far, but are there any books where a woman experiences self-realization without needing an affair or relationship to be the catalyst?
The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes – Four Australian war brides board a ship bound for England to be reunited with their husbands. Thumbs up so far!
Tiny Beautiful Little Things by Cheryl Strayed – Highly recommended by other bloggers during my Nonfiction November chats, I’m listening to the audio book. Cheryl Strayed has a sexy raspy voice!
The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes – I like it so far, but are there any books where a woman experiences self-realization without needing an affair or relationship to be the catalyst? 🙂
Happy reading in November!