Bookshelf

Wondering what I’m reading?  Here’s my running list…

May 2017

  • The Woods: A Year on Protection Island by Amber McMillan
  • The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

April 2017

  • Queen of the North Disaster: The Captain’s Story by Colin Henthorne
  • The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve
  • Next Year, For Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson
  • The House of Wives by Simon Choa-Johnston
  • Separation Anxiety: A Coming of Middle Age Story by Miji Campbell
  • The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country by Helen Russell
  • Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress by Debra Ginsberg

March 2017

  • The Bee Cottage Story: How I Made a Muddle of Things and Decorated My Way Back to Happiness by Frances Schultz
  • Western Architecture: A Survey from Ancient Greece to the Present by Ian Sutton
  • The Woman Who Fell From the Sky: An American Journalist in Yemen by Jennifer Steil
  • At One with the Sea: Alone Around the World by Naomi James
  • Drawn to the Rhythm: A Passionate Life Reclaimed by Sara Hall
  • Godforsaken Sea: Racing the World’s Most Dangerous Waters by Derek Lundy
  • The Courtesan by Alexandra Curry

February 2017

  • Princess Margaret: A Biography by Theo Aronson
  • Above Stairs: Social Life in Upper Class Victoria 1843-1918 by Valerie Green
  • They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School by Bev Sellars
  • Never Shoot a Stampede Queen: A Rookie Reporter in the Cariboo by Mark Leiren-Young
  • Three Souls by Janie Chang
  • The Song of Kahunsha by Anosh Irani
  • The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill

January 2017

  • Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill
  • Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound by Grant Lawrence
  • The Miss Hereford Stories by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
  • Vancouver Vanishes: Narratives of Demolition and Revival by Caroline Adderson
  • A Man Called Moses: The Curious Life of Wellington Delaney Moses by Bill Gallaher

December 2016

  • Stanley Park by Timothy Taylor
  • A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes
  • The Heaviness of Things That Float by Jennifer Manuel

November 2016

  • Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin

October 2016

  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  • Fall Line: A Woman’s Survival in the Andes and Return to a Life of Balance by Carol Grant Sullivan
  • Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets
  • The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
  • The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens

September 2016

  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories by Sarah Orne Jewett
  • A House of Straw: A Natural Building Odyssey by Carolyn Roberts

August 2016

  • You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know: A True Story of Family, Face Blindness, and Forgiveness by Heather Sellers
  • Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World by Leigh Ann Henion
  • Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage by Kathleen Winter
  • The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer

July 2016

  • The English Country House: An Art and a Way of Life by Olive Cook, with photographs by A. F. Kersting
  • Starting Out in the Afternoon: A Mid-Life Journey into Wild Land by Jill Frayne
  • Thunder and Sunshine – Around the World by Bike: Part Two – Riding Home from Patagonia by Alastair Humphreys
  • Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

June 2016

  • Coming Ashore: A Memoir by Catherine Gildiner
  • The Knitting Sutra: Craft as a Spiritual Practice by Susan Gordon Lydon
  • The Assassination of the Archduke: Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance that Changed the World by Greg King and Sue Woolmans

May 2016

  • Innumerable historical placards, museum displays and information books in the United Kingdom!
  • Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish

April 2016

  • Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd by Richard Zacks
  • A Splintered History of Wood: Belt-Sander Races, Blind Woodworkers and Baseball Bats by Spike Carlsen
  • The Stone Boudoir: Travels Through the Hidden Villages of Sicily by Theresa Maggio
  • Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick

March 2016

  • Recipes for a Beautiful Life: A Memoir in Stories by Rebecca Barry
  • The Wishing Year: A House, a Man, My Soul – A Memoir of Fulfilled Desire by Noelle Oxenhandler
  • The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
  • A House in Fez: Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco by Suzanna Clarke
  • The Big Tiny: A Built-it-Myself Memoir by Dee Williams (again; this book was so good, I read it twice in a row!)
  • The Big Tiny: A Built-it-Myself Memoir by Dee Williams
  • Cabin Lessons: A Nail-by-Nail Tale – Building Our Dream Cottage from 2x4s, Blisters and Love by Spike Carlsen
  • The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane

February 2016

  • The Map of Enough: One Woman’s Search for Place by Molly Caro May
  • Open Heart, Open Mind by Clara Hughes

January 2016

  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson
  • Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

December 2015

  • Christmas Stories by Charles Dickens (includes A Christmas Carol, The Chimes and The Cricket on the Hearth)
  • Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #152 – The Key in the Satin Pocket by Carolyn Keene

November 2015

  • Nancy Drew: Girl Detective #19 – The Orchid Thief by Carolyn Keene
  • Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #30 – The Clue of the Velvet Mask by Carolyn Keene
  • Nancy Drew: Girl Detective #24 – Murder on the Set by Carolyn Keene
  • Nancy Drew: Girl Detective #23 – Troubled Waters by Carolyn Keene
  • Nancy Drew: Girl Detective #11 – Riverboat Ruse by Carolyn Keene

October 2015

  • Seeking Serenity: The 10 New Rules for Health and Happiness in the Age of Anxiety by Amanda Enayati
  • Monarchy: England and Her Rulers from the Tudors to the Windsors by David Starkey
  • The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris by John Baxter

September 2015

  • The Forgotten Trail: One Man’s Adventures on the Canadian Route to the Klondike by Larry Pynn
  • Hideaway: Life on the Queen Charlotte Islands by James Houston
  • Oar & Sail: An Odyssey of the West Coast by Kenneth Macrae Leighton
  • The Woman Who Walked to Russia by Cassandra Pybus
  • Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run by Alexandra Heminsley

August 2015

  • The Ungarnished Truth: A Cooking Contest Memoir by Ellie Mathews
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig
  • Faith of Cranes: Finding Hope and Family in Alaska by Hank Lentfer
  • The Outport People by Claire Mowat
  • Miles From Nowhere: A Round-the-World Bicycle Adventure by Barbara Savage

July 2015

  • A Blistered Kind of Love: One Couple’s Trial by Trail by Angela and Duffy Ballard
  • Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship by Tom Ryan
  • A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from my Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg
  • I Promise Not To Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail by Gail D. Storey
  • Spirited Waters: Soloing South Through the Inside Passage by Jennifer Hahn

June 2015

  • Travels with Farley: A Memoir by Claire Mowat
  • Long Way Round: Chasing Shadows Across the World by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman
  • Lillian Alling: The Journey Home by Susan Smith-Josephy

May 2015

  • Corked: A Memoir by Kathryn Borel
  • Looking for Anne of Green Gables: The Story of L.M. Montgomery and her Literary Classic by Irene Gammel
  • The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless
  • Sanditon by Jane Austen
  • The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge, M.D.

April 2015

  • The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
  • Ginty’s Ghost: A Wilderness Dweller’s Dream by Chris Czajkowski
  • The Fisher Queen: A Deckhand’s Tales of the BC Coast by Sylvia Taylor

March 2015

  • The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
  • Atlin’s Anguish: Bush Pilot Teresa Bond and the Crash of Taku Air Flight 2653 by Brendan Lillis
  • I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
  • How to Walk a Puma (And Other Things I Learned While Stumbling Through South America) by Peter Allison
  • Don’t Look Behind You: A Safari Guide’s Encounters with Ravenous Lions, Stampeding Elephants and Lovesick Rhinos by Peter Allison
  • Harold Moffat and the Northern Hardware: Prince George Icons by Valerie Giles
  • Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War by Helen Thorpe

February 2015

  • Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide by Peter Allison
  • The Islandman by Tomas O’Crohan
  • How I Won the War for the Allies: One Sassy Canadian Soldier’s Story by Doris Gregory
  • The Present Heart: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Discovery by Polly Young-Eisendrath
  • Buried by Ken Wylie
  • Lonesome: Memoirs of a Wilderness Dog by Chris Czajkowski
  • And the River Still Sings: A Wilderness Dweller’s Journey by Chris Czajkowski

January 2015

  • The Great Bear Rainforest: Canada’s Forgotten Coast by Ian McAllister and Karen McAllister with Cameron Young
  • The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway by Arno Kopecky
  • Kiss the Sunset Pig: A Canadian’s American Road Trip (with Exotic Detours) by Laurie Gough
  • The Fish Come In Dancing: Stories from the West-Coast Fishery edited by Kate Braid
  • North of Normal: A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Unusual Family, and How I Survived Both by Cea Sunrise Person
  • Tracks: One Woman’s Journey Across 1,700 Miles of Australian Outback by Robyn Davidson
  • Cabin at Singing River by Chris Czajkowski
  • Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man’s World by Kate Braid
  • The Grande Dames of the Cariboo: Discovering Vivien Cowan and Sonia Cornwall and their intriguing friendship with A.Y. Jackson and Joseph Plaskett by Julie Fowler

December 2014

  • Mexico, A Love Story: Women Write about the Mexican Experience edited by Camille Cusumano
  • Nuk Tessli: The Life of a Wilderness Dweller by Chris Czajkowski
  • Diary of a Wilderness Dweller by Chris Czajkowski
  • Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life by Frances Mayes
  • France, a Love Story: Women Write about the French Experience edited by Camille Cusumano

November 2014

  • Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard
  • The Olive Farm: A Memoir of Life, Love and Olive Oil in the South of France by Carol Drinkwater
  • Gumboot Girls: Adventure, Love and Survival on British Columbia’s North Coast compiled by Jane Wilde and edited by Lou Allison
  • The Road is How: A Prairie Pilgrimage through Nature, Desire and Soul by Trevor Herriot
  • It Happened in British Columbia: A Pictorial Review – 1871 to 1971 by the British Columbia Centennial ’71 Committee
  • Outside by Barry Lopez

September 2014

  • Falling in Honey: Life and Love on a Greek Island by Jennifer Barclay
  • Unsinkable: My Untold Story by Silken Laumann
  • Without a Paddle: Racing Twelve Hundred Miles Around Florida by Sea Kayak by Warren Richey
  • The Pelee Project: One Woman’s Escape from Urban Madness by Jane Christmas
  • The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter and Tears at the Word’s Most Famous Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn
  • Butter Cream: A Year in a Montreal Pastry School by Denise Roig
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

August 2014

  • The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough
  • The Second Journey: The Road Back to Yourself by Joan Anderson

July 2014

  • Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor
  • Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou
  • The Florist’s Daughter by Patricia Hampl

June 2014

  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Drinking the Rain by Alix Kates Shulman

May 2014

  • The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

April 2014

  • Love Illuminated: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject (with the Help of 50,000 Strangers) by Daniel Jones
  • The Priority List: A Teacher’s Final Quest to Discover Life’s Greatest Lessons by David Menasche
  • A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

March 2014

  • Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
  • The Longest Day – June 6, 1944 by Cornelius Ryan
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  • The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness, and Happiness by Timothy Caulfield
  • Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
  • Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

February 2014

  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  • The Animal Dialogues:  Uncommon Encounters in the Wild by Craig Childs

January 2014

  • Wild West Women: Travellers, Adventurers and Rebels by Rosemary Neering
  • No Highway by Nevil Shute
  • The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed by John Vaillant

December 2013

  • Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
  • The Cure for Death by Lightning by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
  • The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure by Rachel Friedman

November 2013

  • Finding Jim by Susan Oakey-Baker
  • We are Born with the Songs Inside Us: Lives and Stories of First Nations People in British Columbia by Katherine Palmer Gordon
  • The Endangered Species Road Trip: A Summer’s Worth of Dingy Motels, Poison Oak, Ravenous Insects, and the Rarest Species in North America by Cameron MacDonald
  • Only Pack What You Can Carry: My Path to Inner Strength, Confidence and True Self-Knowledge by Janice Holly Booth

October 2013

  • I Married the Klondike by Laura Beatrice Berton
  • A Recipe for Bees by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
  • The Samurai’s Garden: A Novel by Gail Tsukiyama

September 2013

  • Have Mother, Will Travel: A Mother and Daughter Discover Themselves, Each Other, and the World by Claire and Mia Fontaine
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

August 2013

  • Visit Sunny Chernobyl (And Other Adventures in the World’s Most Polluted Places) by Andrew Blackwell
  • Three Against Time by Margaret Taylor
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

July 2013

  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
  • Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat
  • Wilderness Seasons: Life and Adventure in Canada’s North by Ian and Sally Wilson
  • Love and Friendship and Other Early Works by Jane Austen

June 2013

  • Into the Abyss:  How a Deadly Plane Crash Changed the Lives of a Pilot, a Politician, a Criminal and a Cop by Carol Shaben
  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  • Charlie and he Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho

May 2013

  • Eiger Dreams:  Ventures Among Men and Mountains by Jon Krakauer
  • Savage Summit:  The True Stories of the First Five Women who Climbed K2 by Jennifer Jordan
  • Epic:  Stories of Survival from the World’s Highest Peaks edited by Clint Willis

April 2013

  • She Matters:  A Life in Friendships by Susanna Sonnenberg
  • The Necklace:  Thirteen Women and the Experiment that Transformed their Lives by Cheryl Jarvis
  • Wild:  From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
  • Lonely Soldier:  The Memoir of an American in the Israeli Army by Adam Harmon
  • Walking Home:  A Woman’s Pilgrimage on the Appalachian Trail by Kelly Winters
  • The Raven’s Gift:  A Scientist, A Shaman, and Their Remarkable Journey Through the Siberian Wilderness by Jon Turk

March 2013

  • Beyond One:  Growing a Family and Getting a Life by Jennifer Bingham Hull
  • Go Your Own Way:  Women Travel the World Solo edited by Faith Conlon, Ingrid Emerick and Christina Henry de Tessan
  • Climbing High:  A Woman’s Account of Surviving the Everest Tragedy by Lene Gammelgaard
  • Outdoor Safety and Survival in British Columbia’s Backcountry by Mike Nash

January 2013

  • Front Lines:  Portraits of Caregivers in Northern British Columbia by Sarah de Leeuw and Tim Swanky
  • The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
  • I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
  • Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
  • The Translator:  A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur by Daoud Hari
  • Plastiki:  Across the Pacific Ocean on Plastic – An Adventure to Save Our Oceans by David de Rothschild
  • Beyond the Sky and the Earth:  A Journey into Bhutan by Jamie Zeppa
  • Unmarked:  Landscapes Along Highway 16 by Sarah de Leeuw
  • The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg

December 2012

  • The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie
  • Small Beneath the Sky:  A Prairie Memoir by Lorna Crozier
  • Before the End, After the Beginning by Dagoberto Gilb

November 2012

  • Rowboat in a Hurricane:  My Amazing Journey Across a Changing Atlantic Ocean by Julie Angus
  • The Odyssey of KP2:  An Orphan Seal, a Marine Biologist, and the Fight to Save a Species by Terrie M. Williams
  • Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog:  The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman by Lisa Scottoline
  • Homeland and Other Stories by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Tales of a Female Nomad:  Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman
  • Salish Elders by Wim Tewinkel
  • Secret Coastline II:  More Journeys and Discoveries Along B.C.’s Shores by Andrew Scott

October 2012

  • Mayne Island and the Outer Gulf Islands:  A History by Marie Elliott
  • Women of the West Coast:  Then and Now by Marnie Anderson
  • Sleeping Naked is Green:  How an Eco-Cynic Unplugged her Fridge, Sold her Car, and Found Love in 366 Days by Vanessa Farquharson
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

September 2012

  • The Hills of Tuscany – A Memoir:  A New Life in an Old Land by Ferenc Máté
  • A Thousand Days in Tuscany:  A Bittersweet Adventure by Marlena de Blasi
  • Starting Out in the Afternoon: A Mid-life Journey into Wild Land by Jill Frayne
  • Monkey Dancing: A Father, Two Kids, and a Journey to the Ends of the Earth by Daniel Glick
  • Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw:  Travels in Search of Canada by Will Ferguson

August 2012

  • Life with My Sister Madonna by Christopher Ciccone with Wendy Leigh
  • A Pig in Provence:  Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France by Georgeanne Brennan
  • Wandering Home.  A Long Walk Across America’s Most Hopeful Landscape: Vermont’s Champlain Valley and New York’s Adirondacks by Bill McKibben
  • The Color of Earth, The Color of Water, and the Color of Heaven by Kim Dong Hwa
  • Alone With You:  Stories by Marisa Silver

July 2012

  • Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  • Make Your Creative Dreams Real:  A Plan for Procrastinators, Perfectionists, Busy People and People Who Would Really Rather Sleep All Day by SARK
  • The Lonely Planet Guide to the Middle of Nowhere
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

June 2012

  • Blue Diamond Journey:  The Healing of a Reluctant Seer by Esther Supernault
  • The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Firstlight by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Previously Read and Recommended:

  • The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
  • Three Wishes:  A True Story of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak, and Astonishing Luck on Our Way to Love and Motherhood by Carey Goldberg, Beth Jones and Pamela Ferdinand
  • The Lost Girls:  Three Friends, Four Continents, One Unconventional Detour Around the World by Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett and Amanda Pressner
  • Sideways on a Scooter:  Life and Love in India by Miranda Kennedy
  • All Over the Map by Laura Fraser
  • Island of the Human Heart / Kite Strings of the Southern Cross by Laurie Gough

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