Favourite five: Books I read for the first time in 2017

I talk about books a lot on this blog, and that isn’t likely to change any time soon. So why not kick off my new Favourite Five series with a book list?

According to Goodreads, I read 12 new books in 2017. Which doesn’t seem like very many, but they were well complemented by all of the books that I re-read. I don’t know about you, but re-reading books is something I simply can’t give up. There are some books that I love too much to only read once.

Today’s post, though, isn’t about those re-read books. As much as I love them, I’m always looking for new books to add to my read list. I’m happy to say that in 2017, I found quite a few that I’m likely to go back and re-read later on.

So here, in no particular order, are the five books I most enjoyed reading for the first time in 2017.

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My highlights from the Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild Annual Conference

The Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild held it’s annual conference in mid-October and, as always, there was a lot to take in and a lot to learn. While I can’t possibly share everything, I do want to highlight some of the more memorable lessons I took away from each presentation I attended.

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Wednesday links: Perfectionism, and agents & your genre

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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Book recommendation: Reflections, by Diana Wynne Jones


There are a lot of books I haven’t recommended here yet, but that I eventually want to get to. One that holds a special place in my heart is Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones. That said, I’m not here today to recommend Howl’s Moving Castle; instead, I want to introduce you to another of Jones’ books.

While most of Jones’ books were written primarily for children, she did also publish in the adult realm. One such book, and I believe on of her last, was Reflections. The book contains, as the title implies, reflections on her life and on her writing.

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Book recommendation: The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir, by Joseph Auguste Merasty and David Carpenter

Reading isn’t always about entertainment for me. Though it is one of my top motivations, there are also a lot of other reasons why I choose to read: distraction or curiosity, for example.

Then there’s my desire to learn something. While I firmly believe that you can learn something from any book, regardless of genre, I also think it’s worthwhile to pick up some non-fiction now and then. Such books are generally designed to teach you something or, more specifically, to help you better understand an issue, concept or topic.

The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir, by Joseph Auguste Merasty and David Carpenter, is one such book. Outside of the prologue and afterword, the stories in the book were written by Joseph “Augie” Merasty himself—a man who, as a child, spent nine years in a Canadian residential school.

Before you click down below, you should know that there could be some triggers in this memoir. While there are no explicit details, Merasty and Carpenter do, at the very least, clearly hint at what happened.

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