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This Week in CanLit

This week, we moved on from January to February, which means that we’re slowly winning the yearly fight against Winter. In Ottawa, it’s been a very strange winter, with temperature swinging up and down like a squirrel on an electric…

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This Week in CanLit

This Week in CanLit is a new feature I’m experimenting with on MapleBooks. I’m reading so much about books that I figured I could write a weekly sum-up for people who have a better social life than I do! 1….

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Wayworn Wooden Floors by Mark Lavorato - Review

Poetry. Rhymes, verses, literary devices, cryptic meaning, my school-year headaches. When I was a student, I figured poems were pretentious pieces of literature meant to be deciphered, mainly to produce a decent essay. To me, poetry were mostly obscure and…

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Most Anticipated Book List

So many books, so little time… My resolution this year is to try to organize my to-read list in such a way that I might actually read what I want. That is: 2017’s new Canadian fictions. In order to achieve…

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Summer reads: is there such a thing?

They are everywhere: the CBC Books 2015 summer reading list, GoodReads’ Popular Summer Book Shelf… There even seems to be some special categories like “beach reads”! But what are summer reads? What makes a book a good fit for holidays? Do “summer…

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Monthly Review - MapleBooks - Book Reviews

Ohhh summer! Last March/April, when it was -15°C, when there was still a one-meter deep blanket of snow in front of the house, when I had to watch my feet to not slip on some ice, I felt like summer wouldn’t ever…

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Bookish resolutions 2015 - mid-year review

Last January, I took a few bookish resolutions to organize my reads and reach some goals regarding Canadian literature. It’s time to take a step back and see how I’ve done so far! 2015 Reading challenge on GoodReads I pledged to read…

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Monthly Review - MapleBooks - Book Reviews

June went by in the blink of an eye! In Ottawa, it was just a perfect summer month: not too hot, not too cold. It’s finally sunny, green and flowery everywhere, and happy kids are now enjoying the beaches of the Ottawa…

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Spoilers in Book Blurbs

  Once upon a time, I was reading book blurbs. How daring. When I spotted a sexy book in the bookstore, I would pull it from the shelf and, with no fear, read the whole blurb from beginning to end….

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