Skipping the Favourites

booklapSkipping the Favourites this week because it was not my favourite week. Storms, shoveling, power outages, more shoveling – it was all I could do just to keep warm. Hot chocolate, warm blankets, and good books are great for just that, so it wasn’t such a hardship.

During the week I mostly re-read some old favourites, most recently Come Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant. Such a fantastic book. Its wordplay and fun yet moving story have earned it a solid place on my list of best books ever. Audrey Flowers is as endearing a character as you will ever have the pleasure to meet.  The story is told through her eyes, as well as those of her tortoise, Winnifred. It is constantly surprising and charming, and I cannot recommend it enough.

Come forth, I say! There’s other business for thee.
Come, thou tortoise! When?
                                    – The Tempest, William Shakespeare

Today the sun is shining, so it’s a good day despite the subzero temperatures. I hope your weekend brings you many good things, comfort, peace with yourself, and books. Lots of them.



Friday Favourites and A New Look

book2It’s been a busy week, but I managed to squeeze in some reading and a few other fun things. Here are a few of my little pleasures this week.

My favourite book this week was a blast from my past. I had to re-read Prince Caspian and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It brought me back to my childhood reading spot, a nook I’d created on the floor of my closet, complete with pillows, blankets, and reading lamp.

My favourite song this week was Lay Me Down by Newfoundland duo Fortunate Ones.  The song is off their just released album, The Bliss, and it is fantastic. (You can give their title song, also excellent, a listen on the site linked above).

My very favourite thing this week was the joy in being back here, writing about the things I like, sharing experiences, meeting cool and talented people like you all.

You may have noticed that I look a little different. I’m playing with my blog to make it a little more me, a little more personal. Please bear (bare) with me while I find myself. My About and Books Pages are now in the drop down menu at the top.

Also, you can follow me on Twitter, and I have a brand spanking new Instagram account. I’ll post some book pics there, some of my favourite reading spots, and some photos that don’t make it to the blog. You can find the links at the top of the page.

Happy weekend! Happy reading!

Friday Favourites (belated)

bookbutt A tad late with the Friday Favourites. Let’s just pretend it’s still Friday, ok?

My favourite book this week was Swimming at Night by Lucy Clarke. I read most of it in one sitting. It was intriguing, full of heart, and hope, and hurt. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the travel, and the concept of stepping out of one’s comfort zone to find answers.

Favourite reading spot? Curled up at the end of my couch, soft lights, good book, and a glass of red wine. Bliss. Cold winter days were are tolerable with this at the end.

My favourite song this week is Party Police by Toronto band Alvvays. They’ve become one of my favourite band to listen to in recent months. They’ve got a great gritty sound that I enjoy.

I also watched a pretty good movie this week. St. Vincent with Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy. Funny, and surprisingly heartwarming. Not usually the type of movie I would pick to watch, but I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Hope your Friday was amazing! Get out there and live your weekend. xo

Friday Favourites

lazydayreadingI thought that Friday could be the day I pass along my favourite books, quotes, music, or reading spots of the week. Just a little something fun to start the weekend.

My favourite book this week was Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. It was a lazy week, and the Odd series of books are my go-to lazy day reads. Odd is such a fascinating character, and the stories are quick and engaging. Just a fun book for a slow, rainy afternoon.

I recently got a new bed. It’s high, so I have to jump up onto it, and the mattress is so soft. It was easily my favourite reading place this week.

Ingrid Michaelson has been on repeat this week. I always listen to her when the weather starts to get colder and the afternoon shadows grow long. Keep Breathing is one of my favourites.

Enjoy your weekend. Spend it doing what you love. xo