A little obsessed

Fair warning,  I am a little obsessed.  I get that way sometimes.  I have 3 copies of Gandhi’s Experiments in Truth, 2 copies of Tosha Silver’s Outrageous Openness and now I am laser focused on Tom Wilson’s ; Beautiful Scars.  My book obsessions are pretty far reaching.

I don’t live in Hamilton and never have but I live close and I am close to Mr Wilson’s age.   He writes it like he sees it and I think that’s why I was a fan of Junkhouse and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings even though my other musical tastes are way down deep int eh middle of the road.

Beautiful Scars is a short book in the scheme of things and there is nothing remotely sugar coated about it but, it strikes a huge chord.  The book came out on the 21st of this month and I am not far enough away from it to be out of the honeymoon stage but, I am sure I will circle back in a month or 2 and buy a few more copies for friends and acquaintances and spread the Hammer town, Tom Wilson story.

Ok, book crush over and out – until next time

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Mind Blown

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On a regular basis I have been known to whine ; too many books, not enough time. And, people are always writing more !!!! I will never catch up.

Even if I stop reading something that is so so to me and shelve it for something else.  These last few weeks have felt like the spigot is turned on and greedy as I am , I can’t stop collecting books, reviews for books, samples of e books and …I have other things to do besides books.

Showering, speaking intelligently to other people, earning some type of income .. those kind of things.

So today, just to try to stem the flow  in the form of a list, this is just a list and I may have to lock myself in a cabin in the woods to get even slightly caught up , – no catching up but, maybe not swimming full steam into the torrent everyday

Is there a Book Loves Anonymous?  No reading for me, I don’t like other people’s opinions about books so much, I don’t want to be ‘forced’ to read something becuase the group does but a full on huge blackboard with lists, and lists and maybe trading books – nirvana

I am totally off kilter;

Here is a list

I am waiting for Beautiful Scars by Tom Wilson to come out Nov 21st.  Hate, hate knowing about the book but no chance of previews or getting it right when I want it (no instant gratification here.

Today’s List

City of God By Sara Miles

Loitering New and Collected Essays By Charles D’Ambrosio

The True Believer By Eric Hoffer

Scars of Sweet Paradise The Life and Times of Janis Joplin By Alice Ech

Words In Deep Blue By Chris Crowley

Falconry By Jemma Parry-Jones (damn PBS channel got me hooked on falcons)

Shakespeare After All By Marjorie Garber


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How Much Failure Can Someone Take

I just finished the book; Find A Way.  The memoir by Diana Nyad.

While I loved it, it’s a hard book to get behind.  She failed her dream feat 4 times!  These are not little failures.  They cost her and her friends and supporters, financially, mentally, physically you name it.

She had to be a tough SOB all her life to survive and she did.  If the reader is looking to get into pj’s and have warm cocoa with her , not so much and she wouldn’t know what to do with that scenario anyway.

I am glad I finished the book – and I don’t always finish books these days and it made me look at my life and go -WIMP.

So you don’t have the whatever of your dreams – go and grab it and if it doesn’t come to you keep grabbing.

None of this namby , pamby , it’s not meant to be bull crap. Take what you want is my terminology for Ms Nyad’s find a way.

Course when I finished the book I picked up a softie toffee – YA read

Words In Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Just taking a breath and then I’ll work on my stroke and attain my dreams

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You read that out in public?

It came to me within the past few days that everyone has some type of boundary as to what they will read in public.

Some people wouldn’t be caught dead with a torrid romance paperback.  It could also be; Cervantes (people will think I am a snob). Or, it could be the name of the book.

The last one happened to me this week.

I was searching around and came across After Acker by Chris Kraus.  What Ms Kraus also wrote was;

I Love Dick

Hmm.  Do I want to be sitting at the bus stop reading this?  And do I care what people think? Well, I headed back to the questions that I just posed.

I also, don’t want to be caught with a ‘trashy’ book or with  The Instructions by Adman Levin which is is over 1,000 pages in paperback.

A more upsetting book if someone was to read it I think (than I love Dick) would be;

We Need to Talk About Kevin By Lionel Shriver

This book about a school shooter really caused me some sleepless nights but, I did read it to the end. And, I have had people give it back to me unfinished when I have lent it out.

It’s funny how my little internal voice (which I have to say is very judgmental of me) limits my outside reading.  Maybe that’ a free part of reading things on a device- no one knows what you are reading.

Or maybe, just maybe I should get over worrying about what Jane Q Public thinks and read whatever – trashy, classic, humongous, unsettling – wherever.

Got to work on that

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Book Love


This week I have experienced so much book love from different places that love of books became the topic.

I am lucky enough to have a front yard and double lucky to have a Dad that will make things for me – (love).  So I now have a little library at the end of my fence.  It is one of the smaller ones but, it has become so fantastic to see the number of young (under 12 yrs old) that come by and check out what books might be in the library.

Here comes the love.

Little Library

I have told a few people about this and it has struck a chord I think. Two people in the last week have donated books to keep it going (the books go out and other ones come in-there are no rules about returning what someone ‘borrows’).

It is such a pleasure today to re-stack the books and bring ones to the front window of the little library to catch our little readers attention.

And then we have the Book Wyches.

I invited friends across Canada to drop off books in public places with a bookmark letting the finder know the book is not lost but, meant for them to read!  Woo hoo! some of the wyches have run out of bookmarks.

Last (and sorry this is a longish post)  I was looking for a copy of a book and I came across a free e book that said this

This electronic book is for EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. You may not sell or make any profit from this book.

And if you like book, buy a paper copy and give it to someone who does not have a computer, if that is possible for you


Book love !!!


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