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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 …

Top 5 Tuesday: My Top 5 Winter Reads

Welcome to another Top 5 Tuesday, hosted by the Bionic Bookworm herself, Shanah! This weeks topic for the last Tuesday in November is probably fitting, as we head into the December and the winter months. Given my book haul from last week, plus any number of books still unread for SciFiMonth, I think I need to get myself sorted, and get reading. While I might be choosing these books as potentials, that doesn’t mean they’re going to get read in a timely fashion. My track record this last month has been deplorable. But then, I was doing way too much in November, so maybe I can sit back and enjoy a good read through out the weeks leading up to Christmas. Anyway, here are my choices: SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman Inspired to get a hold of a copy after reading Christina’s review, over at Recipe and Read. Not only was her enthusiasm infectious, but the premise for this one has me intrigued — that of a population in the far future controlled (and culled) by …