“Isn't it odd how much fatter a book gets when you've read it several times?" Mo had said..."As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells...and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower...both strange and familiar.”

Cornelia Funke, Inkspell

Saturday, July 19, 2014

New Acquisition From The Library!

I recently borrowed 10 % Happier by Dan Harris from my local library. Although I do not get much of an opportunity to read lately I believe that I can make the time for this recently published book. Now I know that this is not considered an oldie, but hey, am I not allowed to change my reading habits every now and again?

I love the cover of this book. It is so simple it screams out to be read. Have a great weekend and happy reading!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Top Five Selling Non-Fiction Books of 2013!

The Quill and Quire took a poll from booksellers across the country to find out which Canadian non-fiction books sold the best in 2013. Here are the top five non-fiction books from that poll:

1.      Clearing The Plains by James Daschuk describes the deplorable conditions that were imposed on Plains natives by the policies of John A. Macdonald.
2.      Building The Orange Wave by Brad Lavigne charts the story of Jack Layton’s rise in Canadian politics and the inner circle that made it happen.
3.      The Great Escape:  A Canadian Story by Ted Barris tells the story of 80 Commonwealth airmen who crawled through a 336-foot tunnel to break out of a Second World War POW camp.
4.      David And Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages. This book offers a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.
5.      An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth by Chris Hadfield. In his book Chris Hadfield offers his readers extraordinary stories from his life as an astronaut, as well as showing us how to make the impossible a reality.

This is an interesting list and of these top five books there are four that I would love to read. I say four only because I am not really a political person so The Orange Wave by Brad Lavigne would not be something I would rush to a book store or library to acquire for my reading pleasure. However, if you are inclined in that direction I am sure that this book would be a great read.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Ray Bradbury Speaks About Creating Fahrenheit 451.

I was searching through YouTube videos the other day for some inspiration on what to write about and I came across this video of Ray Bradbury speaking about the creating of his famous book Fahrenheit 451. I had never heard Ray Bradbury speak about the creation process for this book before; because I found it so interesting I felt the need to share it.

I remember reading this book in school and being mesmerized by it. It seems as though this feeling still prevails today. I hope you enjoy the video.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Word of the Day!

I still am into finding a new word for each day and every so often I come across one that is unique and is a word that I feel I need to share here.

Word of the day:

Pungle (PUNG uhl)


Pungle means to make a payment; to shell out.


This word is an alteration of Spanish pĆ³ngale (put down), from poner (to put), from Latin ponere (to put). Ultimately it is from the Indo-European root apo- (off or away) that is also the source of after, off, awkward, post, puny, apposite, apropos, and dispositive. The earliest documented use of this word was in 1851.

Billy has to pungle funds to pay his rent so he will not be able go to the concert with us this weekend.



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

What is the Essential Book of Your Life?

I know that I have not posted anything here in a long while. There are many reasons for my absence but I won’t bore anyone with any of the details.

I was doing some reading online (something I have not done either in a long while) and found an interesting video on Huffington Post that I wanted to share here. The Huffington Post asked its editors to share the books that changed their lives. They came up with some interesting answers. Please watch the short video to see what books these editors have read that have changed their lives.

Click the link to be taken to the video!