Smutty Book Roundup – March 4, 2016

March 4, 2016 21:09:15 Posted at March 4, 2016 21:09:15
Lainey Posted by Lainey

I recommend reading a book called All Out by Emmy Award-winning journalist Kevin Newman and his son Alex Newman. It’s a joint memoir about their relationship. About how Kevin’s own struggle with self-confidence and feelings of inadequacy as a man affected how he parented Alex. About how Alex’s experience as a gay man affected his bond with his dad. Full Review

Smutty Book Roudup – October 9, 2015

October 9, 2015 20:10:21 Posted at October 9, 2015 20:10:21
Lainey Posted by Lainey

A couple of years ago I blogged about my obsession with writer couples: Zadie Smith and Nick Laird, Vendela Vida and Dave Eggers, Nicole Krauss and Jonathan Safran Foer. Click here for a refresher. Jonathan Safran Foer you know, likely from Everything Is Illuminated. Full Review

Luckiest Girl Alive

July 30, 2015 20:48:48 Posted at July 30, 2015 20:48:48
Maria Posted by Maria

I first saw Luckiest Girl Alive on Reese Witherspoon’s Instagram feed, and I knew that she was obviously going to buy the book’s film rights – would she be promoting it otherwise? Tracy Flick knows what she’s doing. So when I found myself on a 5-hour flight, I knew that was the book I wanted to read, because Reese’s acquisition skills have been pretty solid: Gone Girl and Wild, so far, with Big Little Lies to come (with Nicole Kidman). Full Review

Smutty Book Roundup – July 17, 2015

July 17, 2015 20:17:43 Posted at July 17, 2015 20:17:43
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Grey, the book. You read it? Click here if you missed Maria’s review. I’ve stopped at 20%. Which means it’s worse than Fifty Shades Of Grey because at least with that one, I actually made it through the whole thing. You could argue that for Fifty Shades Of Grey, EL James knew what would appeal to *some* women, writing in a woman’s voice for a female audience. Full Review

Grey is Beige

June 30, 2015 16:30:27 Posted at June 30, 2015 16:30:27
Maria Posted by Maria

Yesterday, Lainey wrote about the #AskELJames hashtag hijacking (click here for a refresher) and, having read the book, I can understand where (and who) those tweets are coming from. People like me who spent $11.99 on Grey. I'll start with the bad and get to the worse (things won’t get better): Grey is not the worst book I’ve ever read. Full Review

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Trillium Book Award Nominee Readings happening tomorrow!

June 15, 2015 13:49:30 Posted at June 15, 2015 13:49:30
Lainey Posted by Lainey

-Sponsored- I read Margaret Atwood’s Stone Mattress last year. You don’t need me to tell you that it’s great. She’s always great. What I loved about Stone Mattress though is that it didn’t feel like I was reading. It felt like I was remembering old stories told to me by a dear but mysterious aunt who only visits once a year, who’s seen and done more than I could possibly see and do, and who makes you believe that magic is elusive but that it exists. Full Review

In The Unlikely Event review

June 8, 2015 19:18:56 Posted at June 8, 2015 19:18:56
Duana Posted by Duana
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Spoilers everywhere – come back if you haven’t finished. You know, usually I am not afraid of endings. Usually I am the one who says things like “I’d rather something end well, early, than go on too long”. I am unsentimental, not because I’m heartless, but because usually, there are lots of things to love. Full Review

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In The Unlikely Event

June 2, 2015 15:25:29 Posted at June 2, 2015 15:25:29
Duana Posted by Duana
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It’s a momentous day. There hasn’t been a day like this in almost 20 years. Today, Judy Blume releases her new book, In The Unlikely Event. I know a lot of you feel the way Lainey and I feel about that. That Judy Blume ushered you through your childhood, was accessible but not overbearing and condescending in your adolescence, and somehow seemed to be a friend who’d always been there in adulthood. Full Review

Smutty Book Roundup – April 24, 2015

May 22, 2015 20:46:29 Posted at May 22, 2015 20:46:29
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Yesterday (over afternoon tea at The Langham – because what else do you talk about over finger sandwiches?), Lorella and I exchanged anecdotes about our favourite subject: Elvis. This is one of the bonds of our friendship. Years ago we discovered that we both went through a period of Elvis Obsession when we were about 12 years old. Full Review