Halloween up North can be cold. Given tonight’s weather forecast I’ll probably nag my kids to bundle up- not that we’d let anything so inconsequential as even a snowstorm wreck our fun tonight. After all… there is candy to be had! Meanwhile, enjoy my extra-special Halloween poem. Halloween (Up North) Grab your parka, Snow pants, hat,… Read More Halloween (Up North): Rhyming Through the Snow We Go!
Welcome to Author Extraordinaire here on the Bookaneer! Every month or so I’ll be highlighting one great author, a writer who (in my not-so humble opinion) is truly phenomenal. What are the qualifications you might ask? Simply put, I’ll be sharing any author who makes me want to read everything they’ve ever written. Writers so… Read More Author Extraordinaire: Agatha Christie
Murder; an utterly ghastly business unless contained within the pages of a good book. Squeamish around blood, jumpy in the dark and alarmed at strange noises, what can I say? I’m a complete wimp. Yet I can be downright bloodthirsty when it comes to fictional characters. From the comforts of my armchair I revel in… Read More Murder Most Foul: Best of Agatha Christie
“How do you find time to read all those books?!” It’s a question I get asked a lot. Given that I read over two hundred books a year (not counting anything I reread) it’s a fair question. Over the years my answer seldom varies beyond one simple truth: I don’t find time, I make it.… Read More Time Hacks: 5 Ways to Read More
“Harried” would be an excellent adjective to describe most of my days. On the really busy days, something as simple as taking a shower can feel like a real accomplishment! Life is busy some of the… who am I kidding? Life is busy most of the time! Busyness is no badge of honour; it’s a common… Read More Books for the Harried Reader
Hygge has quickly become one of my favourite things. Nothing like a good dose of cozy living to beat away those seasonal blahs! Instead of mourning the death of summer, I find myself rejoicing over those grey skies. Winter is inescapable, yet I find myself wishing for snow and all that it entails. Hygge, it… Read More Hygge Delights: Getting Cozy as the Weather Worsens
You reached the top… Scary drop Come on now, it’s easy! My stomach feels queasy. Would I ever lie? I’m too young to die! Are you a baby? Hmmm… maybe. There-down you glide! … I hate the slide.
Top hits… they hold such an allure, don’t you think? Pick of the litter. The best of the best. The creme de la creme. Whenever I hear those words my interest is sure to be piqued. However, when it comes to books and I hear those magical words, I tend to charge in head… Read More Top Hits: Best of the Tea Hag Book Club
Reading with friends enhances the your book delight. Here, at least in a book club, are allies who not only listen to your ravings (positive or otherwise) about your latest read, but they have their own thoughts about it. You do not have to convince any of them to read the books, because, oh… Read More Reading Blind: September’s Book Club Review
Hygge… let’s bask in it a bit more regularly, shall we? Being present in the moment and savouring things adds to your happiness, and who couldn’t use a bit more of that? Ways to create hygge are as plentiful as an oak’s acorns. Mine include art projects with my kids, hand sewing, and of course,… Read More Hygge Guides: Cozy Books For Reading Delight