full of fiction for ya!

So I have a lot of people ask what fiction I’ve been reading lately (… I have a bit of a reputation), so i’ve compiled a list of all the other books (aka fiction, fluff and fun) that I’ve taken to the beach with me this summer!

Since finishing my PhD, i’ve made an effort to always have a book on the go. I ride the bus about 30mins to and from campus each day, and I use that hour to read a book for fun
… and i really make use of the public library (or else my reading habit would put me in the poor house!)
So, here’s the list… happy reading! Any suggestions for me?
Have you read any good books this summer?
Where’d you go Bernadette? Maria Semple
This One is Mine Maria Semple
The Silver Star – Jeannette Walls
The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery
Some fantasy
The Night Circus – Erin Mortensen
The Ocean at the end of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
A beautiful truth (parallel stories of chimpanzee as adopted child and research lab chimp, yes please!) – Colin McAdams
Animal Wise – Virginial Morrell *not fiction, but amazing research on animal cognition and why dogs are a man’s best friend!
And, finally, some ladies who made me laugh-out-loud (seriously, really funny stuff!)…
Is everyone hanging out without me? – Mindy Kalling
Everything is Perfect when you’re a liar – Kelly Oxford
… k i’m taking some time off, see you in September 🙂 much love.

review: most of me

so, lately life has been full! i’ve been…

…in ontario presenting at the Canadian Association of Gerontology and celebrating november birthdays in october

…flooded out of our apartment and trying to make a cozy home in a nearby hotel-suite

BUT, most importantly i’ve been reading an AMAZING book…

bio/background: robyn michele levy is a Vancouver CBC broadcast journalist and mom who at the age of 43 was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s (following her dad’s diagnosis!)… not only that…six months later, she found out she had breast cancer.

This memoir is written in very accessible language and makes you feel like she’s telling you her story over a glass of wine… it’s an emotional read, but her dark humour keeps you hooked. For example, she writes a mock press announcement, “for immediate release”: “Robyn Michele Levy has diversified her disease portfolio with the unexpected acquisition of breast cancer. This follows hot on the heels of her recent partnership acquisition of Parkinson’s’ “R” Us, formerly a sole proprietorship owned by her father.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has someone in their life dealing with either Parkinson’s disease or breast cancer… her perspective is brutally honest and she offers refreshing insight. Coming from someone who spends lots of time with persons with PD, you almost feel like you get an insiders perspective and can almost grasp some of their internal struggles. I’m donating my copy to the kelowna PD support group’s library tonight so I can share her story with those who may benefit from her perspective.

Levy’s memoir has been voted onto the Top 40 list of this year’s CBC Canada Reads! You can cast your vote and help her make it onto the Top 10 List…

so, cozy up in your home with this great book! much love.