Monthly Archives: August 2015

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“Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy

Anna KareninaOne of those classics that we are all supposed to have read. Must do that sooner than later!

Considered by some to be the greatest novel ever written, Anna Karenina is Tolstoy’s classic tale of love and adultery set against the backdrop of high society in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. A rich and complex masterpiece, the novel charts the disastrous course of a love affair between Anna, a beautiful married woman, and Count Vronsky, a wealthy army officer. Tolstoy seamlessly weaves together the lives of dozens of characters, and in doing so captures a breathtaking tapestry of late-nineteenth-century Russian society. As Matthew Arnold wrote in his celebrated essay on Tolstoy, “We are not to take Anna Karenina as a work of art; we are to take it as a piece of life.”

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Lady Antebellum “I Run To You”

Lady AntebellumMy friend and I went to a Keith Urban show in Vancouver. Lady Antebellum was the opening act. She said no one in Vancouver goes to the opening act. So we went a bit late, although I was sure she would like this new up and coming band. We get there and no one is on the concourse. My friend thinks its because no one came early. Instead it was because we were probably the only ones arriving late! Great band. Great sound. Released 2008.

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60 Books Every Canadian Should Read

60 Books Every Canadian Should ReadThis is a fun quiz to take. I haven’t read as many of these books as I should have, but if I could click on how many I own (rather than read) then I would be doing really well. Must read more!
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“The Decision” by Penny Vincenzi

The DecisionIf you are looking for brilliant, thought-provoking writing, then Penny Vincenzi books are not for you. If you want a book that entertains and keeps you reading from chapter to chapter then pick up this latest book by her. Love these massive books!

Set against a vibrant sixties backdrop, this is the story of two bright young things: Eliza, an ex-deb making a splash in the world of fashion, and Matt, a working-class boy carving out a serious name for himself in property. Their story begins with a love affair, closely followed by a marriage, followed by a baby. But whilst their relationship is at first fuelled by passion, it’s not of the enduring kind, and soon what started out with such promise descends into a harrowing divorce case and an epic custody battle. With everything at stake for both Eliza and Matt, and neither party willing to give up their little girl without a fight, it’s high drama in the courts. Let battle begin… Published 2015.

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