Saying goodbye to 2019 is a little easier when there’s much to look forward to regarding the literary scene from my perspective here in Atlantic Canada. In this post, I’m going to highlight a few books, some I am currently reading and others that are near or at the top of my TBR list. There are also some interviews to look forward to, as well as new releases. Note: some of the links below will open in amazon.ca while others are links to existing reviews here at The Miramichi Reader.
- I lately made the long-desired switch from GoDaddy managed WordPress hosting to GreenGeeks WordPress hosting, which has greatly improved the loading times of this website and gives me more granular control over the site itself. They also have stellar support. While it’s not a Canadian company, they have an established presence here and are “green” with respect to the environment and their carbon footprint. A unique company!
- I recently held a poll on The Miramichi Reader Facebook page asking if readers would be interested in either a video or an audio podcast. The response indicated a leaning towards video, but since I have a face suited best for radio, I decided to look into creating (semi) regular audio segments. This is still in the development stage at this time.
- My Goodreads Year in Books 2019. It’s fun to look back on all the books (120!) I’ve read in 2019. Goodreads supplies some interesting infographics too.
- Updated Contact page. I had to institute some measures to reduce the number of books I receive, the most drastic being the moratorium on self-published books, for the time being, anyway. I realize that there are many good self-published books (and I have reviewed several), but many lack good editing and rather than disappoint the authors, I choose not to accept any. Subject to change, and I still encourage contacting me in any case.
- Happy Fifth Anniversary! March 2020 will mark five years of existence for The Miramichi Reader! Thanks to all who have been so supportive; authors, publishers and followers alike.
I’m currently reading three fascinating books, one historical fiction and two non-fiction. The first is Jocelyn Cullity’s The Envy of Paradise, (edit: now finished!) which is a follow-up to her previous book, Amah and the Silk-Winged Pigeons (2018, Inanna Publications). I commented that it was “an exceptional work of historical fiction” and The Envy of Paradise appears to be just as exceptional. The two non-fiction books I am reading are similar in that they deal with personal trauma and its aftereffects, and how one copes with death, sickness and mental health issues. They are Matthew Heneghan’s A Medic’s Mind from Wintertickle Press (now finished and review posted) and Janice Landry’s Silver Linings: Stories of Gratitude, Resiliency and Growth Through Adversity from Pottersfield Press. I’m also reading D. A. Lockhart’s poetry collection Devil in the Woods from Brick Books.
In December I completed the reading of three ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) of books that are slated to be published in Spring 2020 and that I am quite excited about: Genevieve Graham’s The Forgotten Home Child from Simon & Schuster Canada and Matt Mayr’s Things Worth Burying from Baraka Books. I have also read the newest installment on Phyllis A. Still’s exciting YA historical fiction Dangerous Loyalties series, Warrior on the Western Waters. All three reviews are ready to go when the time comes!
Seven Anticipated Reads
There several titles that I am looking forward to reading:
- The Art of the Fall from QC Fiction
- Catharine Leggett’s The Way to Go Home from Urban Farmhouse Press
- On the Edge by Lesley Strutt (Inanna Publications)
- Rising Tides: Reflections for Climate Changing Times, edited by Catriona Sandilands (Caitlin Press)
- The Invisibles: A History of the Royal Newfoundland Companies by James E. Candow (Breakwater Books)
- Man and Dog: Through The Newfoundland Wilderness by Justin Barbour (Flanker Press)
- As British as the King: Lunenburg County During the First World War by Gerald Hallowell (Nimbus Publishing)
I’m excited to be publishing two author interviews in early 2020: one with Karen Schauber, author and editor of the magnificent art/flash fiction collection The Group of Seven Reimagined, and Anita Kushwaha, author of Side by Side and the forthcoming Secret Lives of Mothers and Daughters.
That’s plenty to look forward to before the Spring of 2020 brings more titles to review! The Miramichi Reader wishes you all the best in 2020 and happy reading!