• Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
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    Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Review)

    Imagine a deadly lightning-fast virus that decimates 99% of the world’s population without warning. Imagine surviving such a cataclysmic event and having to adjust to a world nothing like anyone has ever known. Flung back in time, before electricity and planes and antibiotics and the internet. Except, this is nothing like time travel. Not when many of the survivors remember exactly what it was like. Remember everyone they lost. Remember the world before the end of civilisation as we all know it. The story begins dramatically, literally and thematically. In Toronto’s Elgin Theatre, during a performance of King Lear, aging…

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    Educated by Tara Westover (Review)

    I read this book in a day last week and am still figuring out my thoughts. That it had an impact, there is no doubt, but with a book of this relentless intensity, it’s only once you take a few steps back and away that you can try to assess anything. Even then, this is a very difficult book to review. For those of you who haven’t read this book, Educated is Tara Westover’s story about growing up in a fundamentalist Mormon family in the mountains in Idaho more concerned about preparing for the “End of Days” by canning peaches and…

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    The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood (Review)

    If you’ve been following me on here for a while, then you know how much of a sucker I am for anything related to Greek mythology, or any kind of mythology. The Penelopiad has been on my to-read list for a while, so when I saw that my Bookstagram friend Madalina intended to read it in May, I jumped at the chance for a buddy read and the chance to read a book from my unread shelf.  This is a retelling of the Odyssey from the point of view of Penelope, the devoted, loyal, clever wife of Odysseus who spends the…

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    Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand (Review)

     There are some books that take you completely by surprise in the best possible way. Some Kind of Happiness was one of them.  THINGS FINLEY HART DOESN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT • Her parents, who are having problems. (But they pretend like they’re not.)• Being sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer.• Never having met said grandparents.• Her blue days—when life feels overwhelming, and it’s hard to keep her head up. (This happens a lot.) Finley has always dealt with her troubles by writing stories about the Everwood, a magical forest, stories that increasingly mirror her fractured and chaotic…

  • Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin
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    Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin (Review)

    Lavinia is the only daughter of King Latinus and Queen Amata. The latter, made unstable by the grief of losing two sons, strongly wishes for her to marry her own sister’s boy, King Turnus. But the oracle has prophesised that Lavinia is to marry a foreigner (who ends up being Aeneas, the Trojan prince) soon making his way to their shores, and that their descendants would found a great empire. Thanks to Ursula Le Guin, Lavinia, barely mentioned in Vergil’s Aeneid, can finally tell her story.  “I am not the feminine voice you may have expected. Resentment is not what…

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