The End of the 2018 Reading Year is Nigh!

It is now half-way through August and my reading year (September to the following August) is just about over. I won’t be adding any more books to the 2018 long list for a “The Very Best!” Book Awards, so the list will remain unchanged and I will be announcing the winners in mid-September. There will be three categories:

  • Best Fiction (includes Short Fiction as well)
  • Best Non-Fiction
  • Best First Book (Fiction or Non-Fiction)

As for the upcoming year, I have a small stack that’s growing as the Fall 2018 releases come trickling in.… Continue reading

English is Not a Magic Language by Jacques Poulin

This small treasure of a book (130 pages) was first published in French in 2009, and Véhicule Press has had it translated (by Sheila Fischman) and released it as English is Not a Magic Language under their Esplanade Books fiction imprint. It is the story of two brothers, Jack, the elder brother and Francis the younger one. In between the two is their sister (who goes unnamed, but Francis refers to her as “Little Sister” even though she is a little older than him).… Continue reading