Bookish in the Mitten

Book reviews, book recommendations, book talk, and a little knitting

I am sharing 20th-Century novels set in Canada – because I love 20th-Century fiction, especially mid-century, especially Canadian.  Some may be familiar, some new.  Because Wikipedia articles almost always contain spoilers, I am providing Goodreads links and hoping they don’t do the same.  Each link contains more links to purchase different editions of the title. …

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I struggle to find books I can really dive into, even though I have a ‘to be read’ list as long as my arm. My hope is that this blog can be a resource for you; to that end, here are some of my favorite fantasy authors. With the exception of Baum, most of the …

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Podcasts are a great way to listen to stories. Below are five options. Jim Harold’s Campfire – Ghosts, UFOs, Bigfoot and friends – good stuff.  Listeners, interviewed by the engaging and warm Jim Harold, share their scary stories. This podcast has been running since 2008 but only the most recent episodes are available without joining …

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As a child, I lost myself so completely in books that when I recollect reading, I don’t envision myself looking at the printed page. Instead I am taking a swan dive right into the open book as if into a deep pond. This was the case with Jane Eyre, which I read when I was …

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Let’s tell stories. Children, read to your parents. Parents, read to your children and to each other.  Friends, siblings, take turns reading as the rest of you listen. With book in hand, (or eBook on phone or tablet or laptop), gather under a tree, around a campfire or at the kitchen table – such stories …

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I generally only post kids’ books once a week, but I just learned that Audible has made a selection of children’s books and classics available for free! See the link below; titles are divided into Little Listeners, Elementary, Tween, Teen, Literary Classics (including Atlas Shrugged, one of my favorite classic novels), Folk and Fairy Tale …

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Again I poked around online and found this FREE resource: http://mrsp.com/ . Once you’re there, choose from a list of classic titles and watch/listen as Mrs. P, portrayed by Kathy Kinney (Mimi from the Drew Carey Show), reads your choice aloud. Stories can be streamed or downloaded for offline use. The site also features crafts …

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Audiobook: The Haunted Bookshop I haven’t listened, but this looks charming! https://librivox.org/the-haunted-bookshop-by-christopher-morley/ Librivox offers audio recordings of books that are in the public domain. You can also volunteer to read for them. eBook: Filthy Rich Americans I poked around on Amazon and found this free Kindle edition. If you don’t have a Kindle, download the …

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Our Mr. Wrenn, the Romantic Adventures of a Gentle Man by Sinclair Lewis This ebook is free on Amazon (see link). Full disclosure; I have not read this. However, I have read some of Lewis’ better-known works, and I can tell you his prose style is straightforward and engaging. His characters ring true for their …

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Many of us are at home right now, and most likely we aren’t going anywhere. We probably aren’t going to the library, both because we are practicing social distancing and because THE LIBRARIES ARE CLOSED. What is happening? (OK, I’m only a little serious here. Not all libraries are closed – but some are, and …

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