The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna//Book Review

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The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames is, in many ways, a masterpiece. Grames follows the Fortuna family through decades of their life in old-world Italy into their new life in America. We follow Stella, the oldest living Fortuna child (who is named after her older sister also named Stella who died as a baby), until … Read More

Book Club Reads and mini reviews

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So far 2019 is looking like it will be a good reading year for me. (Now that I’m out of grad school and have my brain back.) I’ve been spending more and more time making trips to our local library of late (we are LOVING that it’s four blocks from our house.) I also joined a second book club this … Read More

Goal Accomplished 2018

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When I first met the Beckner half, nearly 10 years ago, she told me she had a goal of reading 52 books in a year – a book for each week of the year. I remember thinking how lofty of a goal that sounded and made it a point to someday accomplish it. I’ve always been a reader, from a … Read More

Books Read 2018

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As you may remember, I (Layne) have a goal of reading 52 books a year. I’ve been attempting this since I graduated university, but it isn’t as easy to find time to read in adult life and most years I would only read around 38 books. It’s not like when I was a kid when I easily read more like … Read More

The Heart’s Invisible Furies I Book Review

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The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne has been getting rave reviews everywhere I’ve seen it posted, so I was stoked to finally get my hands on a copy. (Thank you, library.) The whole time I was reading this book (all 850 pages of it), I was thinking, “Wow, I can’t wait to review this!” It opens with a bang:  … Read More

Carry On | Book Review

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Let me (Lindsay) cut to the case, Carry On was a difficult read at the beginning and the end. When I first read about Simon Snow in Fangirl, his inspiration was obvious – it consisted of 8 books revolving around a boy wizard chosen to defeat…something.” Insert eye rolls here, but I overlooked it in Fangirl. After all it wasn’t the … Read More

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo//Book Review

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For those of you who don’t know, the Beckner half of us (that’s me!) is in grad school right now, so reading for pleasure is almost a thing of the past. The piles of to-be-read books around my house continue to grow, grow, grow – much to my husband’s chagrin.   That being said, I sneak in a good book in … Read More

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter//Book Review

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My friend Hannah mailed me her copy of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter back in the fall because she said something about the book reminded her of me. Insert a thousand heart smiley faces here. (Because I love my friend Hannah, and I love snail mail, and I love books, and I love that she was thinking of me.) One of … Read More

A Few of My Favourite Modern Authors

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We do a lot of book reviews in this space, because we recognize the value in shouting other professionals in our craft. And because we read as much as we can to entertain ourselves, and also to grow in our craft. That being said, there are a few authors with whom I’d really love to sit down and grab a … Read More