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Top 5 Tuesday: Fictional Friendships

Shanah over at the Bionic Book Worm has come up with a topic for this week’s Top 5 Tuesday that, well, should be easy to fill. But, other than the usual ‘friendships’ which we all know—Frodo and Samwise, Harry, Hermione and Ron—I want to try come up with 5 different friendships to share with you—characters from my childhood. #1. Winnie the Pooh and Piglet — yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking, how far has this woman regressed that her first choice is a stuffed bear and a pig. But bear with me, I grew up with Pooh and Piglet and the occupants of the 100 Acre Woods, who were also great friends to me as a child, taking me on many adventures. #2. The March Sisters — Through thick and thin, and hell and high water, the March sisters from Little Women stick together no matter what. Proving that, sometimes, your best friends can be found in your own family. #3. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson — As I read a lot of Sherlock …

Top 5 Tuesday: Books Set In Your Own Country

So this weeks’ Top 5 Tuesday is an interesting one. Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm wants us to talk about our top 5 books set in the country where we live. Which, in my case, is Canada. Which means, for me at least, Louise Penny. All her books are set in the fictional village of Three Pines, here, in the province of Québec, which should make it obvious why I picked up the series to begin with. But this isn’t just your average series, this series is something special. From the setting, to the plots, to the over-all character growth from book to book. Louise Penny has crafted a series and characters that are, quite simply, outstanding. Let me stress that while each novel can be read as a standalone, to full appreciate the character growth it’s best to start with book one. It just means you don’t miss out on these continuing arcs and threads seeded in previous books. So, let’s talk favourites here: GLASS HOUSES (book 13) — When a mysterious figure …

Top 5 Tuesday: Book Spines

Here we are in a new month, and we have a new set of topics from Shanah over at the Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic is, strangely enough, book spines. And, as Shanah points out, they are not something we usually give much thought to, that is, till today. So, book spines, what is it that makes them so unforgettable compared, well, to the cover itself? After all, mostly they’re just a generic colour and a way to display the author’s name and the title of the book. And yet, when shelved, that colour can be all important, as can the typeface used. Both need to catch our attention as we twisted our heads, and skim read titles at our local bookstore. Which brings us to, eye-catching spines; what caught my eye: #1. SANDSTORM / ICE HUNT / AMAZONIA — are all thrillers from James Rollins with book spines featuring mini-tableaus depicting what the book is about. As in a shrunken head on the spine of AMAZONIA, and an Egyptian Temple of the spine …