tacking the Shelves - MapleBooks new reads!

Stacking the shelves is a book meme hosted by Tynga: it’s “all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!”. Tynga mentions “overwhelming enthusiasm” in her post and this is exactly what led me to participate in the Stacking the Shelves today. I finally got books that I’ve been waiting for since the beginning of time (or so) and I can’t wait to read them! Let me show you!

The Leopard (Makarand #1) by K. V. Johansen

The Leopard by J.K. JohansenFirst of all, isn’t this book cover by Raymond Swanland awesome? I wish I wasn’t that superficial but I do love a beautiful book. Second I haven’t read any high fantasy for seven months so it’s about time! K. V. Johansen is from Kingston, Ontario; she already published several fantasy and sci-fi novels including Blackdog. The Leopard, the first of a two-book series called Marakand, will be my first read by K. V. Johansen and I can’t wait diving into its dark world. Here are the first few lines:

“Mountains rose in a frost-cold sky, but she lay in a hollow of ash and cinder and broken stone. Fire ringed her, lighting the night. She could not move. The dead did not”.

Le retour de l’ours de Catherine Lafrance

Le Retour de l'Ours by Catherine LafranceLe Retour de l’Ours, de l’auteure québécoise Catherine Lafrance, est “à la frontière du roman d’anticipation et de la fable écologique” (selon le quatrième de couverture). Je l’ai trouvé hier même sur l’étagère des nouveautés de la bibliothèque et j’ai été immédiatement séduite par son incipit :

“Une phrase brisée. Des mots éparpillés aux quatre vents. Claquant comme des coups de fouet dans l’air froid, les sons stridents firent bondir le coeur de Sakari”.

Le Retour de l’Ours se déroule dans un petit village nordique en quête d’un équilibre social, économique et naturel après le grand cataclysme climatique qui vu l’effondrement de la vie sur Terre. Les premières pages m’ont rappelé le style à la fois poétique et inquiétant d’Ariane Gélinas. J’ai très hâte de me plonger dans cette fable écologique!

Shopping for Votes by Susan Delacourt

Shopping for Votes by Susan DelacourtShopping for Votes was a finalist of Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust of Canada Prize for Nonfiction in 2014. I love non-fiction but don’t read enough of it, so I challenged myself to read all those finalists. Shopping for Votes by Susan Delacourt is the first one I could put my hands on. Here is an extract of the blurb:

“Where once politics was seen as a public service, increasingly it’s seen as a business, with citizens as the customers. But its unadvertised products are voter apathy and gutless public policy”.

The author, Susan Delacourt, is a senior political writer and has been covering Canada’s capital since the 80’s. I grew up in France where politics work quite differently, so anything that helps me catch up and understand Canadian political culture is very welcome!

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Orphan Train by Christina Baker KlineFinally, The Orphan Train is a fiction by the American writer Christina Baker Kline. I put a hold on this book back in March this year! When I first learned about it, I was shocked:

“Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?”.

Another dark episode in history I didn’t know about and feel I should have. Also, I really appreciate that the book includes a “short story of the real orphan trains” at the end.

So, I’m currently reading Knife Fight and Other Struggles by David Nickle and I dread the moment I’ll have finished it and will need to pick a new book. I’m equally over-excited about these four books! How am I going to choose the next one?