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2017 in Review

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What a wreck of a year that was. While the world slowly crumbled down around us, I personally had quite a good time. We travelled a bit, spending a week in London and three weeks in Australia, and just generally enjoyed ourselves. I feel like I lost my drive for a bit there in the beginning, but the second half… Read more »

December in Review

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Books Acquired: Akira boxset (Vol. 1 – 5) by Katsuhiro Otomo Artemis by Andy Weir Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis Books Read: Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence Ayoade on Ayoade by Richard Ayoade Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi by Anthony Bourdain Law School by Benjamin Law, Jenny Phang Cloudstreet by Tim Winton Happy New Year! If you had time… Read more »

Back to the Classics 2018

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Another year, another Back to the Classics challenge. Last year I only read eight of the twelve categories, so I’d like to do a bit better in 2018. The rules are pretty simple – any book that fits the category and is at least fifty years old qualifies. At the end of the year, participants are entered into a draw… Read more »

Foodies Read 2018

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This year I read seven books for the Foodies Read linkup – a couple memoirs, a few pieces of food-related fiction, and Anthony Bourdain’s two graphic novels. A good mix, although I keep trying to incorporate cookbooks here somehow and failing to do so. Maybe this will be the year. I enjoy the nudge to read more food writing and… Read more »

Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi

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Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi by Anthony Bourdain, Joel Rose Illustrated by: Alé Garza Series: Get Jiro #2 Publisher: Vertigo Published: 2015 Length: 160 pages This is the prequel to Get Jiro!, Anthony Bourdain’s debut comic. Here we get a small glimpse of Jiro’s origins, how he lived in Japan and how he came to live in America. Interestingly, Get… Read more »

Back to the Classics 2017 Wrap-Up

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This year I read eight books for the Back to the Classics 2017 challenge. I was aiming for at least nine, but that mid-year reading slump hit me pretty hard. This challenge continues to be a favourite of mine, and not just because I won the prize last year! This is my fifth time participating, and I still really enjoy… Read more »

The Amateur Gourmet

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The Amateur Gourmet: How to Shop, Chop and Table Hop Like a Pro by Adam D. Roberts Published: 2007 Length: 208 pages I’ve read Adam Roberts’ weblog for nearly a decade now, starting just after this book was first published, and until I found it in a bookshop last month I completed forgot it existed. I’d always meant to pick… Read more »

Travels with Charley

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Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck Published: 1962 Narrated by: Gary Sinise Length: 07:58 (214 pages) I love Steinbeck and I love travelogues, so I had high hopes going into this one, and thankfully it did not disappoint. It’s the first of his non-fiction work that I’ve tried, and I’m excited to read more. His fiction… Read more »

November in Review

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Books Acquired: Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi by Anthony Bourdain The Amateur Gourmet by Adam D. Roberts A Girl and Her Pig by April Bloomfield Food Artisans of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands by Don Genova Books Read: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince by Robin Hobb The… Read more »

Three Men on the Bummel

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Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K. Jerome Published: 1900 Narrated by: David Case Series: Three Men #2 Length: 06:59 (208 pages) Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) was my favourite novel last year. It was completely new to me and a great surprise. I was excited to discover a sequel existed, although I… Read more »