Category Archives: For the Love of Books

Dear Justin Cronin – What Will I Do Now That Your Trilogy is Over?

Dear Mr. Cronin:

I’m writing you to inform you that I have finished your trilogy that begun with The Passage, continued with The Twelve and that has culminated with The City of Mirrors.  I want to thank you for providing me with such an emotional punch of a journey these last few years.  Thank you for the characters, the anxiety, the heartache and the fist pumps in the air.  I will forever cherish this series and how much your storytelling drew me in.

But Mr. Cronin, I have a problem.

What the hell am I supposed to do now? I have laid the book down, the last page read and I’m staring around me wondering how I’m supposed to live my life now that this series is over.

So I’m asking you for your assistance in helping me figure out my life because really, this is your fault.  I was fine but then Amy, Peter, Michael, Alicia, Hollis and Sara happened. Damn you for creating such great characters.  Characters that are strong, visible, fully formed, that seemed so real.  And now that they are gone…I’m left bereft. I’m an empty husk needing to be filled.

Help me.  What do I do now?

Should I take up knitting?  Cooking lessons?

I do have cats, I suppose I could continue giving them attention.  Also, my friends haven’t seen me since I started The City of Mirrors so I probably should let them know I’m okay. It’s been a pretty nice summer here in Winnipeg too so maybe I should go outside?  It’s been awhile since I’ve seen the sun, should I put sunscreen on?

My garbage is piling up – should I take that out now?  I also haven’t eaten since I started the final book – that could be why I feel so weak and why I’m rather emotional right now.

There’s dust bunnies the size of virals in my living room so I guess I can clean.  But as I’ve mentioned, I haven’t eaten for awhile so the whole being weak thing kinda gets in the way.  Any recipes you suggest that are simple and quick? Also…sleep.  I haven’t slept since I picked City of Mirrors up so that sounds like a nice idea hey?

And probably my husband might be open to spending time with me again.  If he’s still around.  I think I’m still married.  Who knows, I’ve been pretty preoccupied with your book.  Man, if I’m not married anymore I’m going to be really upset with you Mr. Cronin, I liked having that husband guy around.

Mr. Cronin, it’s a damned good thing I don’t have kids because – wow – I have no idea what state they would be in if I did.

As you can see, I need some direction here. I’m feeling quite like the girl from nowhere right now so any suggestions, advice or firm reality checks would be great.

I would appreciate your attention to this matter immediately.

Thank you for your time Mr. Cronin.

(And thank you for the stories.)


A Book Lover


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Pausing to Taste Such a Beautiful Word


I have learned this word for the first time today.

Vellichor is the “the strange wistfulness of used bookstores”.

Who among us, the readers, have not experienced this? Now there is a word for it.  Thankfully, it is a beautiful word that adds even more delight to that wistfullness…..




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Hot dudes reading – try to keep those knees strong

It’s worth coming out of hibernation to bring you this – Hot Dudes Reading is an Instagram account that is gaining in popularity.  And why not?!  What is better than hot guys reading?  Let the swooning begin.

Hot Dudes Reading

The account just started but look how many people are following already.  So, if you’ve got a picture of a handsome gent reading – send away to them!

What’s on your holiday reading list?

Ermahgerd – it’s December.

And with December comes people and partying and gatherings and baking and gift wrapping.  When’s a girl going to find time to read?

But find time I will and I would love to know what’s either a) on your holiday reading list right now or b) what books you are asking for Christmas.

Give it to me in the comments below.  Let’s see if I can expand my reading world.


10 Reasons Introverts and Books are BFF’s

I’m sharing an oldie (but a goodie).  I’ve been away from blogging for awhile (got involved in a civic election!)  But wanted to share something today so thought I would share one of my most popular posts.

I give you 10 reasons why introverts and books go together like peanut butter and jelly.

10 reasons introverts and books are bff's - geeky book snob

“Kids know that this is the book that makes adults have to say silly things”





At once perfectly simple and ingeniously imaginative, The Book With No Pictures inspires laughter every time it is opened, creating a warm and joyous experience to share—and introducing young children to the powerful idea that the written word can be an unending source of mischief and delight.

Complaints from sucky neighbours force nine-year-old to shut down his free library

Spencer Collins had to take down his free library in his front yard because of two complaints the city received from neighbours (who obviously don’t believe in sharing, educating and promoting open-mindedness).  Spencer had set up a neat little library where people could “take a book, leave a book”.  You will note the tiny, cute, little library housing those books.  Would you believe that he had to take it down because it wasn’t a structure that was attached to the house – and therefore is a code violation?

Are your eyes rolling like mine?  Are you suddenly crying out loud saying “but that thing?  It is so tiny – it’s not even a structure!”   Yes, look at its size and revel in the idiocy of this situation.  Roll it around in your mind and ponder the stupidity and absurdity.  If fact, let’s go through that entire neighbourhood and see what else we can complain about.  Oh, that bird house is too big!  Oh, wait, is that a fort your kids built?  Hey, did you get a permit to put that little toy playhouse there?

Spencer Collins and his cute little library

Spencer Collins and his cute little library

You know what really gets to me?  What really pisses me right off?  It’s that someone complained in the first place.  It leaves me incredulous that a person was so put out by this (even though it was causing them no harm) that they made the decision to complain about a 9 year old boy’s willingness to share and build community.  I’m about to start swearing my face off because a reading warrior, book loving kid only wants to share his love of books through his own, free library with others and some stupid, sucky people complained to the city and now he has to take it down.  The swears are coming….I can’t hold them back….

To the people who complained: I give you a “what the fuck?” mixed with a “go fuck yourself” ending with a dramatic middle finger salute.

All is not lost though, Spencer continues to have his library but has moved it to the garage.  Away from the eyes of the nothing-makes-them-happy-so-they-have-to-find-some-way-to-ruin-someone-else’s-joy fellow “neighbours”.

Am I being hard on these people who complained to the city?  Hell no!  I am a book girl, a book warrior, a reading raven!  It is my duty to champion my fellow book lovers against the minds of those still stuck in the dark ages.  And champion I will!  Threaten books and the lioness will show her claws.

Spencer Collins – I salute you!

And Spencer, if you read this…I’m sorry for swearing.

Bi-Curious George – this book exists and that is awesome

The author says it best on his Kickstarter page:

“George was a straight little monkey but always very… curious.  One day George saw a man.  He had on a sassy purple beret.  And George got excited, despite himself.”

Thus begins the saga of Bi-Curious George.

I love just saying the title (and please note, the author states this is not for kids)!  You can head over to the author’s (Andrew Simonian) Kickstarter page if you want to help him out to get more copies of this book published.  I love that book stores and people embrace these new ways of presenting all the different varieties of people, relationships and families.  We are truly in a time where there is no such thing as the conventional family or relationship anymore and I just love that!

And if you don’t agree with this, then best you move along from this blog.  No point in sharing your disapproval here because I believe in love that comes in all forms.  If it’s love, it don’t matter who’s giving it to who.  That goes for bisexual monkeys too.

Yay for bi-curious George!

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Head over to Andrew’s Kickstarter page and watch his video that goes over the history of the book and why he created it.


Just a post that has to do with book related stuff

Oh hey there!  How are you today?  Thanks for stopping by and checking out this post.  Just some, you know, stuff about books.

Tardis bookshelf.  You want this.  I know you do.  I do.

tardis bookshelf

The smallest book in the world – otherwise known as the Mini Book of Major Events.  Read the rest of the book at the link.

mini book of major events

Now go and check out the 5 Reading Rules for Book Lovers of All Ages over at the Reading Rainbow blog.  They are sweet and right on the nose.

Ok, done reading the 5 Reading Rules for Book Lovers?  Well then, why not end your time on this blog by perusing through this infographic and find out which books predicted the future (snatched up from The Digital Reader):


Project Bookmark Canada

This post has nothing to do with the A to Z Challenge that I had signed up for and failed at keeping up with.  The challenge is at letter V, holy crap, where did that time go?

I have no problem saying I failed in this challenge – I’m fine with it.  Failing is necessary and I realized something about myself when it comes to this blog – I will write and publish a post when the spirit moves me.  I also learned that just because I failed at this one, doesn’t mean I’m not going to try, try again.  So to all of those who stuck with it, you are awesome-sauce on a plate of goodness with an extra helping of tasty creativity.  Yum.

Now for what I really wanted to talk about today.

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Project Bookmark Canada is a charitable organization that is running a campaign called The Page Turner.  This campaign is placing physical bookmarks in real Canadian locations where a story took place.  It celebrates imagined scenes in real places.  The real meets the imagined – I love this!  The goal is to get people reading of course – so hey, let’s read, literally, across Canada.

The criteria for the physical bookmark is as follows:

The Bookmarked excerpt must be set in an actual and identified location. The reader must be able to stand in the place where the characters or narrators stand in the story. The site can be named in the Bookmarked passage or at some other point in the overall work. (For example, if we know that the couple meets at Toronto’s Allen Gardens greenhouse in one scene, the next time they visit that location in the story, that scene too would be eligible.) 

A Bookmarked passage may be up to 500 words and should be effective as excerpt—but it should also make you wonder what came before and what comes next, encouraging readers of the Bookmark to become readers of the book.

And Winnipeg has a bookmark!

One of Winnipeg’s most beloved authors is Carol Shields (so beloved that we have an arts festival named for her) and in her story The Republic of Love, she mentions a bus shelter at a well-known Winnipeg intersection.  Well, this is exactly where the bookmark is with the passage from the book that mentions the intersection.  And you know what else is mentioned in this passage?  My name!  Double cool (although I will admit Annette Avenue was not named after me)!

(Also shout out to Leif Norman who’s photo is credited on the site – he is a well-known Winnipeg photographer.  Too bad this wasn’t W day for the A to Z Challenge, I would then make this all about Winnipeg.)

So to all of us Canadian book lovers – donate today why don’t you eh?

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Winnipeg’s unveiling of the bookmark marking the location in Carol Shields’ The Republic of Love. The corner of River and Osborne in Winnipeg.

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