Tear into it

  Jaws was the first grown-up novel I read.  I remember seeing it on the bookshelf that housed my parents' book collection (I come by it honestly): the small paperback format, the blue block lettering that made up the title on the broken-in spine, and the slightly yellow hue that pages of books used to …

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A whale of a tale – and building

Guys, I've been busy.  Like, really busy.  Between all the written assignments and the photo assignments and the build up to Christmas, and the kid, and the weather, and all the little things in between, there hasn't been a lot of downtime for me. I'm sure it's the same for you.  We're all our own version …

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Take it or leave it – LLLs and the love of literacy

The end of the semester is nigh.  I've got roughly four weeks left of classes, and no finals, but a few written projects that are due in the coming weeks.  That being said, I've more a mind for writing (yay!) than I do for reading (boo!). However, being that the purpose of this blog is …

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Blowing doors open

One of my favourite things about being an avid reader is meeting another avid reader. There's a secret language involved in the meeting, one that consists of lingering gazes, raised eyebrows, small smiles, and an exchange of words that usually consists of, "What are you reading?" and, "Is it any good?" or perhaps, "I've read …

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Something to sink your teeth into

From romance to horror to humour, the fanged blood-sucker that first made its debut in Bram Stoker's classic Dracula has been revamped in more than a hundred different ways. They've been heroes and villains, anti-heroes, rockstars, tragic romantics, shiny 'vegetarians', and over-the-top drama queens, but each and every reimagining has been worthy of Stoker's original creature …

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