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I had a frustrating day at work today, but also since I started working with sales steering three months ago, our department is up more than my yearly earnings. So it is also nice to be getting very good at what I do. The only reason today was frustrating was because someone else’s unwillingness to do their job meant my morning started with a really unnecessary argument with someone I genuinely like as a person.

Related to work: ever have one of those jobs that you’re overqualified for but really enjoy? And then you hear one of your friends say, “oh I wouldn’t go to university, Ashleigh did and now she sells furniture. What a waste!” and it is really shitty. I value and enjoy(ed) both.

Some people are just all talk, forever. It gets so dull hearing the same complaints from people who refuse to make any real change.

and then there are some who
believe that old
relationships can be
revived and made new

but please
if you feel that way

don’t phone
don’t write
don’t arrive.

– Charles Bukowski (via kushandwizdom)

Why did I just start watching Mindy Kaling’s show now? I am so disappointed with myself.

Also also, I am once again bailing on my Other Blog, so get ready for an influx of reading and writing and CanLit related things.

Also: in efforts to avoid paying Rogers $150 for a Samsung Ace 2, I am now getting an iPhone 5 from my pal Hunter for the same value. Uhhhh. Help. I have a notorious dislike for Apple things, but since I mostly use my phone for like… photos and music and tumblr, I am figuring I can adapt.

howtheheartbends’ Personal Reading Challenge 2014

I am posting this for two reasons: 1. TALK TO ME ABOUT BOOKS! I LOVE BOOKS! and 2. because I like to make lists and the like, and this particular list is special to me because it is a year long thing that I am working towards. Although, with a goal of 30 books, I may have been a little easy on myself. So, next year will involve dreaming bigger! But for now, the first six months of books I have read.

1. Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. by Rob Delaney (As I posted on my other blog: go read it.)

2. the First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom (I feel the need to defend this by saying someone I love bought it for me, and it was essentially a pity read that took me way longer to finish than it should have because books about spirituality?)

3. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami *re-read

4. Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami (I am actively looking forward to his newest book in translation this summer. I am always actively looking forward to a Murakami book - the always sexy ears, alternate realities, speaking cats, and spaghetti dinners leave me wanting to jump into his books and live for awhile.)

5. the Folded Earth by Anuradha Roy (My mothership got it for me - by page 20 the main protagonist’s husband dies and she is left thinking “I am 25 and my entire life is over” so as you can imagine, it was a really uplifting 400 pages… Skip unless you’re into lengthy sad romance type things.)

6. A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami (See Murakami above.)

7. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Totally loved this book, it was an impulse grab and it turned out being a great find. I loved both perspectives, even if I did find myself rushing through some Vancouver passages to get back to the zen Buddhism parts set in Japan.)

8. the Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (Got on a bit of a Classics kick thanks to my Kobo FREE section. Having never read Wilde before, I really enjoyed the writing style and found myself wishing he’d written more novels.)

9. the Princess and the Goblins by George Macdonald (Second favourite movie as a kid, and so I figured why not read the book FOR FREE? Haha. Turns out the movie followed the book disturbingly well and it was a little like playing the animated film in slow motion while I narrated it.)

10. Four Weird Tales by Algernon Blackwood (To be totally honest, these tales made very little impression on me, other than I really dig the author’s name, and if you’re going to label something “weird” it should be really “weird”.

11. Invitation to a Beheading by Vladimir Nabokov (Difficult for a tiny little novel, but rewarding in the end. I love the way Nabokov does a nice slow descent into madness and this is a perfect example.)

12. Cockroach by Rawi Hage (Drop everything and go read this. I know, I know, I am a huge Canadian lit loser and you don’t like boring Canadian literature, but Hage is writing in a way I haven’t really seen in CanLit before. If you’ve ever lived filthy and broke and just skimming along the poverty line, parts of this are going to be a little uncomfortably close to home, but in my little opinion, it is worth the feeling for this beautifully crafted tale.)

13. Deniro’s Game by Rawi Hage (Set in Lebanon, and a little less fluid than Cockroach. Nevertheless, it is stylistically impressive and completely gripping. You want to know the outcome, and at points, you want to leap into the book and change the outcome. In any event, I am anxiously waiting to see what Hage puts out next.)

14. the Orenda by Joseph Boyden (CanadaReads of this year. And I’ve got to say: Canada you should be reading this. I feel like there is something in this novel for everyone, and so many valuable stories and histories to take away from it. I have read the criticism, and if anyone wants to chat about it, please send me a message.)

15. Wool by Hugh Howey (It was a nice way to relax the old brain after a heavy read like the Orenda. I think what I enjoyed most was the story of how it was published though - grown from a blog into a novel published by Simon & Schuster).

16. Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden (World War I like I had never heard before. Would definitely recommend, but like most Boyden, bring a strong stomach because he does not shy away from the moments of intense violence - to me they make perfect sense in the narrative and character development, but the mothership thinks the same effect could be accomplished in a less gruesome fashion.)

17. Squirrel Meets Chipmunk by David Sedaris (An excellent Sedaris jaunt. Terribly funny, and terribly terrible.)

18. All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (This one was a tough read. A lot of Toews books deal with suicide, and this one perhaps in the most upfront way - not count her non-fiction Swing Low, which was about her father who committed suicide. I fell in love with the characters and wanted to protect everyone from everything, but like in real life, you just can`t.)

19. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (Odd Victorian-esque crime story with a love story twist.)

20. Born with a Tooth by Joseph Boyden (Still loving on Boyden, and this collection of short stories is no different. Though, it was nice to read Boyden writing in a contemporary time period.)

Alright, this has been the six month post. I will see you all again in six months for hopefully AT LEAST ten more books. xo.


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