Mammal Mondays: Walking to the Library

As I mentioned when I reviewed the novel this weekend, Sherman and I walked to the library to pick up my copy of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Technically, there is a small branch of Edmonton Public Library very close to my house, but getting there by car means braving serious traffic and I…

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…

A Feat of Engineering

My sweetie can fix anything. Remember when he stopped the radio antenna on the back of my Element from punching holes in my new and expensive garage door? The Electrician is a stellar engineer of minor things. He can and drummed up many things with stuff he’s found around the house and a few random…

A Date With My Kobo

Sheesh. Lately I feel a bit like an advertisement for the Chapters companies. Rest assured, readers, Chapters has no idea I exist beyond the emails they send me way too often promoting a new e-book they’d like to sell me. I do not make a dime in revenue from Blue Speckled Pup –not to say…

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…

Because I Needed to Get Even Geekier

After several years of holding out, I finally asked Santa Momma for an e-reader for Christmas. I’m a (former) purist when it comes to books. I own so many books that the paperbacks are double-parked on my shelves, plus I get an incredible amount of milage out of my public library card. At a dollar…

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…

Bloggy Love!

This weekend, I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger award by whatimeant2say. She’s an anonymous blogger with a fabulous bulldog named Wonderbutt, well sort of named that, and the woman is hilarious! Go on over and check her out if you haven’t been lucky enough to read her blog before. Based on the number of…

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…

Little Dollhouse on the Prairie

I read all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books growing up, several times over. I suppose they were my first major time investment in historical fiction, which is still one of my favorite genres. Don’t start emailing me, readers to correct that statement because you think the Little House series is a factual memoir: it’s not…

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….