Ive Read This is back on the radio!!!

I’ve got some exciting news! Ive Read This is back on the radio, in fact some of my Alberta readers may have heard me already, the first broadcast of my monthly column aired on Sunday, February 8 at noon (MT) on CKUA Radio. In Calgary, that’s 93.7 for y’all. You can also listen to the station live via the interwebs.

micSo each month, I’ll be chatting with Tony King on the show Muse, which features interviews with many different people in the arts, and features on culture from across the province. There’s a short description of this week’s show here. If you missed my column on Sunday’s show, Muse is  re-broadcast every Wednesday at 6pm MT, so tune in then if you want to hear me.

My faithful readers will remember hearing my high pitched and nervous voice just a few years ago on the CBC Homestretch, so I’m excited and honoured to have another opportunity to discuss my love of reading on-air. Blogging can be a very lonely endeavor at times (although because I love reading, this clearly doesn’t bother me), so it will be great to connect with everyone this way as well.

I’d love to hear your ideas on what I should talk about, feel free to comment below! Books, publishing, reading in general, it’s all on the table.




Books Ive Read in 2013

For those of you who followed my dalliances into blogging while I was at WordFest,  you will recognize this list of mine. It’s a record of every book I read this year, in order of reading. Not the most exciting post I’ve ever made, but I find that people are interested in this nonetheless, so I’ll throw it up here anyway. And yes, you will notice I read 15 less books in 2013 than I did in 2012 and 2011. Why is that? Well I no longer work for a literary festival, and my current job description doesn’t include “reading books”, so unfortunately I have less hours in the day to enjoy my favourite pastime.

If you want to know what I thought of these books, some of them link directly to reviews I’ve written on this blog for them, or on-air reviews I’ve given. Just because I didn’t write a review on the book doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. In fact, I’d like to write reviews on all the books I read, but I simply don’t have the time (see above reasoning), and I’d much rather spend my time reading than attempting to write witty yet interesting anecdotes about 65 different books.

You’ll notice a wide range of titles here-some of that is due to the fact that I was reading books in preparation for my CBC appearances, which required very different genres than I am used to. I can always find redeeming qualities to every book (seriously, I can) so I really enjoyed that experiment.

  1. How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti
  2. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
  3. The Lion Seeker by Kenneth Bonert
  4. A Beautiful Truth by Colin McAdam
  5. The Miracles of Ordinary Men by Amanda Leduc
  6. The Rapture by Liz Jensen
  7. The Village by Nikita Lalwani
  8. The Truth About Luck by Iain Reid
  9. The Dilettantes: A Novel by Michael Hingston
  10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  11. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  12. The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper
  13. Roost by Ali Bryan
  14. Reconciliation by Dorothy Speak
  15. You Are a Cat by Sherwin Tija
  16. The Green and Purple Skin of the World by Paulo da Costa
  17. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
  18. Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley
  19. Caught by Lisa Moore
  20. Canary by Nancy Jo Cullen
  21. How to Host a Dinner Party by Corey Mintz
  22. Festival Man by Geoff Berner
  23. Emancipation Day by Wayne Grady
  24. Out of Their Minds by Luis Humberto Crosthwaite
  25. Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi
  26. Ballistics by D.W. Wilson
  27. Hellgoing by Lynn Coady
  28. Screw Everyone by Ophira Eisenberg
  29. Secret by L.M. Adeline
  30. The Blind Man’s Garden by Nadeem Aslam
  31. The Deep Whatsis by Peter Mattei
  32. Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahari Delijani
  33. Dance,  Gladys Dance by Cassie Stocks
  34. The Dark by Claire Mulligan
  35. Let’s Explore Owls with Diabetes by David Sedaris
  36. Little Cat by Tamara Faith Berger
  37. The Devil & the Detective by John Goldbach
  38. Death at Christy Burke’s by Anne Emery
  39. Beautiful Day by Elin Hildebrand
  40. Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
  41. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  42. I Know Who You Remind Me Of by Naomi Lewis
  43. The Family Took Shape by Shashi Bhat
  44. This is How you Die-Various Authors, Edited by Ryan North and Others
  45. Life Without Death by Peter Unwin
  46. Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked by James Lasdun
  47. Almost a Great Escape by Tyler Trafford
  48. The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
  49. Burning from the Inside by Christine Walde
  50. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
  51. Everything is so Political by Sandra McIntyre
  52. The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
  53. The Circle by Dave Eggers
  54. Worst. Person. Ever. by Douglas Coupland
  55. Cataract City by Craig Davidson
  56. Muse by Mary Novik
  57. Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie
  58. Are You Ready to be Lucky? by Rosemary Nixon
  59. Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen
  60. Corpse Flower by Gloria Ferris
  61. Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas
  62. Life Class by Ann Charney
  63. Eleven Pipers Piping by C.C. Benison
  64. Bedrock Faith by Eric Charles May
  65. The Guts by Roddy Doyle

So what do you think? Do I need to read more, or should I be embarrassed that I spend this much of my life reading already?


CBC.ca | The Homestretch | Book suggestions

CBC.ca | The Homestretch | Book suggestions.

Not only do I enjoy referring to cats on a regular basis on this blog, but I also like to BROADCAST the fact that I’m a crazy cat lady as well. Click on the link above to hear that and my book picks for this holiday season. Oh, and do yourself a favor by finishing your Christmas shopping quickly and easily at your local independent bookstore.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

The books I recommend on-air included: Life Class by Ann Charney, The Circle by Dave Eggers, Worst. Person. Ever. by Douglas Coupland, Simon’s Cat Vs. The World by Simon Tofield, Clearing the Plains by James Daschuk and Black Code by Ronald J. Diebert.


My Last Two Summer Book Recommendations

Well, we’ve come to the end of summer, and this means my summer book recommendations on the CBC is also coming to an end. To commemorate the occasion, I got a little picture of myself and the trusty Doug Dirks to post up here, so you get a peek at the studio I inhabited for the past two months. Riveting, I know. Is it everything you dreamed of and more?

mail.google.comUnfortunately I don’t have a link to share with you to listen to my last segment, but for those of you who are interested, I recommended The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud and Give Me Everything You Have by James Lasdun, as my theme was “The Private Lives of Teachers”, in honour of the first week back to school.

I’m way behind in my book reviewing, so I’m hoping to get some full reviews of these books up on here over the next few weeks, but just in case I don’t, all you need to know is that they’re good books and you should read them! Especially if you need something to get you back in the mood for Fall. These aren’t ‘summer’ reads per say, because they’re not light and fluffy (they can quite dark actually), but they’re not as dense as some of the Fall books we have coming in the next few months either.


CBC.ca | The Homestretch | Short fiction picks

Has anyone ever heard of YOSS? Well it stands for Year of the Short Story, and it happened a couple years ago, but I’m still trying to keep the momentum alive by highlighting how important short fiction is. Listen in for my (somewhat) convincing arguments!

CBC.ca | The Homestretch | Short fiction picks.


CBC.ca | The Homestretch | More summer reads with Anne Logan

Well dear readers and listeners, you get a taste of not only my book recommendations for the week, but a glimpse into my ‘exciting’ life as well. Aside from the fact that people believe I’m now a 65-year-old spinster who talks only to her cats, I’d say it was one of my best segments yet.

CBC.ca | The Homestretch | More summer reads with Anne Logan.


CBC.ca | The Homestretch | Calgary writers

I’m going to go ahead and say this was my favourite segment to date. Why? Because the wonderful Chris dela Torre made me feel so comfortable in front of that mic, and I got to talk about some of the fabulous people that I’ve had the chance to work with over the past few years, including Glenn Dixon, Naomi K. Lewis and Samantha Warwick. I also got to expound on one of my personal beliefs and missions-read local!!!

CBC.ca | The Homestretch | Calgary writers.


CBC.ca | The Homestretch | Beach reads

Well I’ve got four radio appearances under my belt now. My voice  may sound a bit off on this last one, as one of the CBC peeps advised me that I was talking to closely to the mic (who knew?) so I’ll make sure to keep my distance next Monday (from the mic, not the wonderful CBC people).

This was obviously a really fun segment to do, because the books are so light and fluffy-perfect for the summer! Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan and Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand are the focuses for the segment below, so enjoy.

CBC.ca | The Homestretch | Beach reads.


CBC.ca | The Homestretch | African women’s literature

CBC.ca | The Homestretch | African women’s literature.

Well I’ve completed my third segment on the radio, and I was feeling less sweaty than the first two times, so I’m going to take this as a good sign. I chose these two books based on the term “Afropolitan”, which was coined by Taiye Selasi, as I thought they both fit into this new genre quite nicely. Both Ghana Must Go, and We Need New Names are written by two, highly-lauded debut novelists who deserve all the praise that is heaped upon them. I’ll be on the radio again next Monday, which some fun beach reads (a guilty pleasure I don’t indulge in very often, but guaranteed fun all the same).