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New Year, New Reading!

Happy Gregorian New Year!

The New Year for many people means setting some New Year’s resolutions, which can often include reading more!  It’s an admirable goal, but I’ve been asking myself, “What should I be reading?”  As I’m settling into 2018, I have been reflecting on a CBC article I recently read, featuring indigenous author Monique Gray Smith.  One of the main messages of the article is that “If we are to strengthen our society — and reading is one way to do this — then we must be reading a variety of lived experiences and perspectives.”   Over the course of this year, I will do a monthly blog post about a new book I’ve read or been recommended to read, and would love to hear from all of you about the books you’re reading! Are you broadening your horizons?  Are you reading a variety of lived experiences and perspectives?

My January book is Eden Robinson’s Son of a Trickster, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize.  I read this late in 2017, and really enjoyed the book!  The imagery is vivid, the story-line is fast-paced and enthralling, and it is definitely a fresh take on a coming-of-age story.  The publisher’s website describes it as “Everyday teen existence meets indigenous beliefs, crazy family dynamics, and cannibalistic river otters,“ and in my opinion, it does not disappoint!  This is the first novel in Robinson’s Trickster trilogy -- and I cannot wait for the next two!

I’d love to hear from you about what you are reading!  Email me (Brennen) at and let me know!

Posted: 1/10/2018 5:26:23 PM by Brennen Smith

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