books & films


A delicious benefit of the hot lazy days of summer is that I indulge in much more reading than I have time for in other times of the year. I like having longer periods of uninterrupted time so that I don’t forget storylines and long lists of characters. Below is a list of the books I enjoyed the most, some readings going back to spring. Except for the last one, all were borrowed from our local library as I rarely purchase fiction.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Chosen thanks to this review.

Canada by Richard Ford. Much intrigued by the title when mentioned by Joe Hyam.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Recommended by Susan.

A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness. I hope the next book in her trilogy comes out soon!

Picture Maker by Penina Keen Spinka. I wish my library had the sequels!

Troll: A Love Story by Johanna Sinisalo, a translation from the Finnish language. A review.

The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon (she lives near Vancouver). I am looking forward to the sequel, The Sweet Girl, see Lyon’s blog.

Val/Orson by Marly Youmans. The only book on this list that I have purchased.

And here are a couple of films on DVD that we have recently enjoyed very much:

Life of Pi based on an award winning novel by Canadian Yann Martel.

The Big Fish, a revisit.

Also, the Canadian Murdoch Mysteries TV series has become an addiction for me while I am on my exercise bike. Some reruns from TV, DVDs from library, and now the past season online. Will watch for season 7 starting soon!

And what have you been reading and watching this summer?

August 20, 2013 in Books, Films by Marja-Leena