Category Archives: Friday Reads

Friday Reads: A House In The Sky

A House in the SkyI was (almost entirely) wrong about Amanda Lindhout.

It’s probably not a very popular opinion to express, but back in 2008 when I learned that Amanda had been kidnapped while working as a freelance journalist in Somalia, my first thought was, “That poor girl – but what did she think would happen?”

Amanda didn’t deserve to be kidnapped, tortured, and raped – no one in the world does – but I couldn’t help but feel her naivety had led her into an impossible situation, one that would cause suffering to the people who would have to bail her out. Continue reading


Friday Reads: The Way of Kings

My taste in fantasy is so specific that it’s almost a problem. Mostly, I like character-driven series set in a vaguely medieval world – castles, lush forests, kings and queens, royal intrigue, magic, epic quests, that whole deal – and while I’ll tolerate huge battle scenes (because it seems I must), I’d choose a good rags-to-riches story above all else if given the chance. Oh, and dragons. Lots and lots of dragons.  Continue reading

Friday Reads: Next

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that I’ve never been one for the maths or sciences. Sure, I got 100 per cent on my written English diploma exam, but I barely scraped out a pass in Math 30 (which I only took because I needed it to get into my college WRITING program). Science wasn’t much better: I passed over chemistry and physics entirely and took the only science class that would make sure I graduated high school.  Continue reading

Friday Reads: The Rosie Project

The Rosie ProjectI’ve always wanted to be part of a book club – one night a month where I can get together with some girlfriends, drink wine, eat nibblies, and talk books. And while we definitely gossip more than we talk books, I can say with a degree of completely biased certainty that the group club we pulled together on a whim through Twitter is the best kind of book club there is. Continue reading

Friday Reads: Dead Until Dark

I never thought I’d read the Southern Vampire Mysteries (or, as I call it, the Sookie Stackhouse series) by Charlaine Harris. I always suspected it was brain candy: junk reading with no real substance to it (coming from the girl who almost exclusively reads fantasy novels). Even after I got into True Blood on TV, I didn’t seek these books out.  Continue reading