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There have always been storytellers of all ages. In this category, we celebrate brilliant young writers who wrote books before their 21st birthday. These are some of my suggestions for this category. Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan This novel was published when the author was 18. In it a 17-year-... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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This time of year is lovely for travelling. The weather is still pleasant. You don't have to worry about winter storms as much as long as you don't go too far north. I haven't left town for awhile so I'm eager to get away but for now I'm doing all... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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I don't know about you, but I'm finding the real world scary enough these days. This time of year I usually read and watch horror books and movies but in 2021 it just doesn't appeal to me. I still want to get into the spirit though, so here are some... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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There are 100 libraries in Toronto and each branch has its own character, collection and community. Cookbooks are popular in most of the branches, even with the advent of online sources for recipes. Some older books have withstood the test of time being borrowed over and over, and in a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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Suspense and horror novels set in schools seem to be trendy these days. I hated every single second of school from kindergarten to graduate school so I'm on board. I totally buy the idea of crime-ridden, ghost-filled, dangerous schools. The subgenre is commonly known as dark academia. These books are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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Romance Awareness Month was created to remind people to inject a little romance into their relationships throughout the year. Anyone working in a library can tell you that romance books are one of the most popular genres any time. During the pandemic a lot of people looking for comfort reads... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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One of the strangest effects of COVID-19 for me is that I've lost patience for reading fiction. Don't worry, Fiction Authors, I do still read novels but I am more drawn to non-fiction than ever. What is narrative non-fiction? Narrative non-fiction is also called creative non-fiction, literary journalism, and literary... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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I love summer and I really love seeing summer activities depicted on book covers. You can tell I work at a library, can't you? We don't really know what this summer will bring, but let's enjoy it all. Live vicariously through these book covers. Sunglasses Whatever you do this summer,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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There are 100 libraries in Toronto and each branch has it's own character, collection and community. But across all libraries, books about crime are in high demand. Some older books have withstood the test of time being borrowed over and over, and in a way, handed from one reader to... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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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