Friday, April 8, 2011

Good Reads

I am not a book reviewer; however, the last two fiction books I've read I can't help but recommend, plus one more.

Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis: Winner of 2008 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and 2011 Canada Reads.  So witty and charming and in many places, actually laugh out loud funny. I enjoyed it so much that I badgered Kerry until he started it. More than once I've heard him chuckling to himself as he reads it. It's the perfect book to read during a federal election campaign and shows us what we want every Canadian politician to be, but will never have.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett: More than one person has recommended this book to me. I could hardly put it down. Although we did eat supper every night, there were a couple of times it was a bit late. This book is to blame. All about the relationships between domestic help and their white employers in Mississippi in the early 1960s. 

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't add a third book that I read awhile ago: Toby: A Man by Todd Babiak. Todd, of Edmonton Journal fame, happens to be one of my favourite newspaper columnists.  I am not alone in loving this novel for it has been shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal (winner announced end of April). And with this book, not only did I have a great read, but I feel rather "in the know" as I drive down 109th St. and see the sign for Bubble Tea. I still haven't tried it, but thanks to Toby, I know what it is. As if that's not enough, for the first time I actually got the difference between being born and raised in Quebec, and being Québécois.


  1. Those books all sound good! Wish I had more time to read. And I've tried bubble tea -- those little tapioca balls (or whatever the hell they are) are a weird sensation. Had it once, no need to have it again, quite frankly.

  2. Sweet, I love book reviews! I can't wait to start 'The Best Laid Plans'. It's been on my bedside table for a while but I still have one more book to go before I get to it.

    Drinking bubble tea is like sucking up booger balls. I found it quite unpleasant but kids loved it (we tried it at Heritage Days).