Tag Archive for Random House

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce: A Review

I miss England (particularly North Yorkshire). It’s been three years now since I was there, though I remember it with uncanny precision, something completely uncharacteristic of me but indicative of my being present in every moment I was there. It was a short but life-changing two weeks. I spent the majority of my time there walking, dressed in gaiters and…

LitBits 28

My sincere apologies for not posting more regularly. I do have two reviews coming, once I finally write them: one of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce (Random House), which I quite enjoyed and feel rather tender about, and one of Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Arrested Development writer Maria Semple (Hachette). A hilarious and fast read!…

LitBits 21

The weekday after a long weekend is always extra hard for me, and I imagine it is for others, too. So let’s start off with some amazing news! 1. The Governor General Literary Award nominees were just announced today, and the fiction nominees are: Patrick DeWitt, for The Sisters Brothers, Esi Edugyan, for Half-Blood Blues, David Bezmozgis, for The Free…

LitBits 20

Holy moly, we’re at number 20 already! And what a perfect day for it. Cold and grey and rainy, perfect for reading a blog and drinking tea and getting lost in a great book or magazine and wearing fleece and cuddling up with pillows and blankets and the lovely warm cat or dog. Ah, I love autumn. Happy October, readers!…

Natural Order by Brian Francis: A Review

Some of you may remember that I had Brian Francis‘s new book Natural Order with me when I went to BookCamp TO, and that, on remembering I had it in my handbag, I pulled it out as a fine example of a lovely book during the booksellers panel. Random House did themselves proud with this one. A gorgeous and appropriate…

There Is No Dog, by Meg Rosoff: A Review

Every now and then there comes a book that quiets the lament that there’s nothing new under the sun. There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff is such a book—at least, of all the authors who’ve asked what if, I don’t think there’s anyone else who’s asked: What if God were a (lazy, careless, self-obsessed, sex-mad) teenage boy? Now if…

Win Books!

Okay, I don’t know if you’ve noticed but it’s crazy how many free books are floating around the Internet all the time! Now that I’m on Twitter I see giveaways by publishers and book bloggers all the time. It’s overwhelming but it’s a lot of fun, too, for people who love to read and review but can’t afford to support…

Book Share

Listening to: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5; Weather: cloudy and fresh, 15°C One of my three sisters lives in Yorkshire, in a country where books are valued like nothing else. She and I meet up on Skype usually on the weekends, and I not only get to live vicariously through her (my dream is to live there), but also I get…

Mailbox Treats and Upcoming Reviews

I have a pile of books to read to review for this site, and I thought I’d just give you a taste of what’s to come. Now, I’m working three jobs right now, so don’t hold your breath, but I will do my best. I will be trying to fit in my reading before work on Mondays and Wednesdays, during…

More Beautiful Book Covers

A while ago I did a post showcasing book covers I find attractive. I do, after all, judge a book first by its cover. I really love paying attention to design work, and I’ve come to recognize certain book designers now, like one of my favourites, C.S. Richardson, who works with Random House. Unfortunately, I can’t find a list of…

Man Booker Longlist is Out!

The longlist has been announced for the 2010 Man Booker Prize, which will be awarded on October 12. The prize is a cool £50,000. Imagine! The list: Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey (Random House Canada) Room by Emma Donoghue (HarperCollins Canada) The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore (Penguin) In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut (McClelland & Stewart)…

Books in the Mail

My idea of heaven is having all the free time—wait, having only free time!—to read all the books I want. I’m so honestly afraid of dying before I get to read each book on my shelves, let alone those tempting me outside our home. Good books just keep getting released—and guess what? I’m experiencing a bit of book heaven on…