I started the month off with giving up on a book! After briefly worrying that this was a bad start to the month, I settled back into another book I was reading. Quitting a book with little to no guilt is a beautiful thing.
Canticle for Leibowitz (dnf)
My brother recommended this to me years ago, but I couldn’t get into it and had to return it to the library after only reading a few chapters. This time I made it up to the end of chapter 7, but I just wasn’t interested in it enough to stick with it.
I liked this book, but I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to based on how evocative the writing was. Some pages were glorious to read, but then I had to roll my eyes at teenage romance. But, I will probably read the next in the series. You can read my review here.
I’m very fond of Discworld, so I’m slowing working on reading all of them, and this was next on my list. But, I’m pretty sure I’ve already read this. Or, at least read part of it. One of the things I love about it is how witches are portrayed and the fact that it’s mostly female characters.
I loved this collection! A little part of me wants to re-read it, but I’m worried that I’ll ruin the magic. It felt like one of Ray Bradbury’s boys from his stories grew up to be a poet. It was full of adventure and so, so many great lines. You can read a couple of his poems, including two from this book, on the Poetry of the Week website.
The Floodgate poetry series are annual collections of three “chapbooks” (small booklets) from three different poets. I finished Volume 1 in October and enjoyed it, but this one really spoke to me. You can read my review here. I really loved it, especially the section by Judy Jordan, which was sad, but incredibly beautiful.
Incidentally, these books are edited by the poet who wrote Ghost Gear.
This is a short anthology of flash fiction written by one of my favourite bloggers, Bridgeen Gillespie. It’s a really cool concept and I thoroughly enjoyed it. She has a great imagination and some of the stories went in a direction that I did not expect. As an added bonus, each story is accompanied by a picture (mostly photographs), which I love because I love drinking in visuals.
A compilation of comics, all relating to magic, monsters and warriors. It’s not my favourite Cloudscape Comic compilation, but it was still fun and some of the art was incredible.
Short and delightful. The art is lovely, too.
This month, I’ve been finding that I keep picking up books that I want to read, but not committing to them. I’m excited to read them and my excitement hasn’t waned, even after starting them, I’m just not in the mood. It’s been weird. Also, I now have at least 6 books started.
In related news, I have, for the first time ever, bought two poetry books that weren’t written, recommended or published by my friend, Joanne, a.k.a. Upper Rubber Boots. I’m pretty excited to read them when they arrive. Edit: I ordered another, The Wild In You, which is part poetry book, part photography book in support of Pacific Wild, a non-profit organization focused on protecting the Great Bear Rainforest in BC.