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There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. Mark Twain Everyone knows that April Fool's Day is a day for playing tricks on friends, coworkers and family. Less well known is Tell a Lie Day that takes place on April 4. It just seems like a week... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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2020 was a year full of uncertainty, questions and challenges. Some of us chose to escape in fiction. Crime fiction is one of my favourite ways to get away from the real world. As with the cookbooks, I have looked at lists of favourite crime fiction and compiled the top... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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It's time once again for my annual list of the cookbooks that appeared the most on "best of" lists this year. Everyone from bloggers to important culinary magazines makes lists. This year I looked at 50 lists which had 216 different books named. In 2020, 31 books about baking were... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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In the Christmas carol, "The 12 Days of Christmas", the singer describes all the gifts they have received from their "true love". But I'm not convinced the relationship will last. Those are pretty awful presents. Having all those birds would definitely break the condo rules and where are seven swans... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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When I think of 2020, I think of eyesight probably because mine hasn't been 20/20 for most of my life. There are a lot of other possibilities for this category: you can play around a with words. Eye witness, eyeliner, insight, second sight, love at first sight, sight-seeing--even bird-watching. You... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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For me this category is both intimidating and exhilarating. There are so many possibilities and I'm scared of most of them. I worry that I'm not smart enough to understand them. Like most readers I have specific likes and dislikes. I like stories; I hate stream of consciousness. Quirky books... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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I have been wearing socks for weeks and today for the first time this fall I actually wore a proper jacket to work. This can mean only one thing: winter is coming. Though I hate the cold, it's not all bad news. Winter is often accompanied by savoury soups, hearty... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
If you're still looking for suggestions for this category, check out this list from LitHub: The 50 Best Contemporary Novels Under 200 Pages https://lithub.com/the-50-best-contemporary-novels-under-200-pages/ Some really good suggestions here.
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Time Magazine's recent list of 100 Best Fantasy Novels of All Time has a few I wouldn't have thought of: The Palm-Wine Drunkard by Amos Tutuola is based on Yoruba folk tales The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh is a retelling of The Arabian Nights The Changeling by Victor Lavelle tells the story of a modern-day Apollo Blanca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore is an innovative retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Wild Swans. There are more on the list so check it out: https://time.com/collection/100-best-fantasy-books/
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International Chef's Day was created in 2004 by The World Association of Chef's Societies. This day is to celebrate the profession and to reaffirm their responsibility to pass knowledge to younger chefs. The organization, known as Worldchefs, is also dedicated to humanitarian causes and supports efforts to reduce food insecurity... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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Ontario Public Library Week is October 18-24, 2020. During this week Ontarians are asked to consider the vital role libraries play in the community. Without books, documents and other written records there would be no libraries. When libraries are damaged – accidentally or intentionally – the loss can be devastating.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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These last few months have been crazy. You would think that social distancing and lock down would lead to more reading for booklovers but for me it hasn't been like that at all. I have been listening to audiobooks and podcasts and watching far too much television and playing mobile... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
My absolute favourite scene was Moira and David being baffled over a recipe's instruction to fold in the cheese. I'd recommend a basic cooking book like: How to Cook: An Easy and Imaginative Guide for the Beginner by Raymond Sokolov https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM363997&R=363997
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Every reader has their own form of escapism. I realize these past few months that some of us feel like we're trapped inside a horror novel. So you might not feel like reading an actual horror novel. For some of us, though, it might be just what we need. We... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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I've always loved almanacs, encyclopedias, dictionaries. Really, any book that provides bite-sized pieces of information. These kinds of books are perfect for my current situation. I can barely barely concentrate long enough to finish a sentence let alone read an entire book. These books about science will help you learn... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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I'm isolating alone but I expect that those of you hunkering down with other people may be in need of new things to talk about. Never fear, these books are full of interesting dinner conversation starters. All are available as ebooks. Curious History of Food and Drink by Ian Crofton... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
It's always so exciting to hear from an author! Thank you for taking the time to comment, Dave!
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New print copies have been ordered.
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Thank you all so much for reading my post and commenting. I really appreciate it!
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It's that time of year again. Traditionally in January people make resolutions and plan to improve themselves. We see it a lot in the library – a sudden interest in checking the Fun Guide for fitness programs and requests for self-help books. It all seems exhausting to me. While the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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Party on, Debby! That's a good suggestion and the cover is gorgeous. https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM3647064&R=3647064
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Yes. I always ask the people around me to help identify any giant birds I see flying around. Unfortunately their response is usually "You're driving on the DVP. Quit looking at birds and pay attention to the road!"
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There must be something in the air... I left my credit card case at the pump when I bought gas last weekend. Fortunately an incredibly ethical person turned it in instead of using my credit, debit, Presto and Ikea Family cards for personal gain.
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It's a great suggestion. Jackson Brodie and his dog resurface in the new release: The Big Sky.
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August 26, 2019 is International Dog Day. Celebrate with your favourite good boy or good girl by going for a walk, playing catch or solving a murder. These mystery series feature crime-solving canines. Andy Carpenter Mysteries by David Rosenfelt Defense attorney Andy Carpenter solves crimes and rights judicial wrongs with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books