Kay Reviews Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

A few times each summer, I indulge in one of my life’s greatest pleasures by reading a book cover-to-cover in one sitting. Most often, my marathon reading takes place over the wee hours of the morning, when I don’t have to deal with phone calls, texts, or feeding myself or the mammals. I really wasn’t…

Creases

Find a sheet of paper, maybe about the size of a piece of school looseleaf. Pick any corner and fold it over just a little, pointing it in toward the centre. Leave it there. A few days or a week later, fold another corner in; don’t worry about measuring your second crease to match the…

Book Review Turned Amazon Rant

I read Fay by Larry Brown over the last few days. I snagged it because the e-book only worth a couple free tokens through the library and I’m pretty fired up about using my Kobo right now. The name Fay appeals to me, so the book caught my attention when I viewed it on my library…

A Geeky Surprise

A friend and colleague stopped me in the school office to say, “Hey, I have something for you.” Me being me, I immediately asked, “Is it chocolate? I really need chocolate this week.” “It’s better than chocolate,” she promised, as she dug around in the bulky bag of marking and other teacher stuff every English…

Kay Reviews The Book Thief

I am excited. I knew from about page seven of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak that I would absolutely review this novel here at Blue Speckled Pup, but I’ve forced myself to wait until I actually finished reading and digesting it to write this post. This is the novel that I decided to teach in…

Trying to Decide

The Three-Day Novel Contest takes place every Labour Day long weekend, and this year’s entry deadline is fast approaching. I’ve yet to decide if I’ll enter, but I am teetering on the verge of writing my cheque for 50 bucks and going for it again. I wrote in 2009 and 2008, and finished both manuscripts…

I’ll Rise, but I Won’t Shine

I was a busy girl last night; I was actually far more productive than I thought I could be. For months, my kitchen table has been largely hidden by piles of old stuff from school, bills that I’ve paid but not filed, and notes for pieces I plan to write but haven’t gotten to yet….

Kay Reviews The Glimmer Palace

I read all night again. It’s one of the summer luxuries I can’t live without, even though I started pulling literary all-nighters only a few years back when I picked up The Life of Pi late one evening and kept turning pages until the sun came up and I ran out of book. Last night…

Kay Reviews What It Takes to Pull Me Through

Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, or maybe it’s because I find it easier to plough through the fiction I read with a firm base in real events, but I’m reading lots of non-fiction right now. The latest one that really stands out for me is What It Takes to Pull Me Through: Why Teenagers Get…

Kay Reviews The Tenth Gift

I’ve been meaning to start reviewing books here at Blue Speckled Pup, and now that summer is here you can expect to hear a bit about what I’m reading and what I recommend for you. Most years I read a stupid number of books, and I do so as a lover of literature and as…