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

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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