Category Archives: Books with Impact

Those Little Free Libraries

You’ve seen them around most towns.  Those home-made book exchange boxes or cupboards (usually colourful and funky) that folks place in front of homes, schools, and businesses. The simple concept is, take a book, and return a book. Some cities even have an interactive Google Map of where you might find a Free Library in … Continue reading Those Little Free Libraries

Replenishing The Well

In my pursuit of the craft of writing, it’s easy to forget that it’s crucial to continue with reading. I’ve always been a reader but when trying to complete a manuscript, reading can fall by the edge of the road. Books are critical to my improvement as a writer. I want to be humbled, brought to my … Continue reading Replenishing The Well

Romancing the Small Town

Currently, books that have characters living in small towns are very popular. I’m attracted to stories that take place at the beach, in the country-side and in out-of-the-way places. One day I had to ask myself why do those settings appeal to me? Upon reflection, there is a degree of serenity and security that small towns seem to possess.  In some novels, folks leave their doors … Continue reading Romancing the Small Town

Author Jojo Moyes “Me Before You”

I had to see what all the fuss was about. After all, this was an author who had ‘cracked the code’ that is, if there is one and wrote a powerful book about the redemptive power of love. It was odd, opening this novel that I already knew the ending. And for sure, this isn’t … Continue reading Author Jojo Moyes “Me Before You”

Susanna Kearsley – The Splendour Falls

I want to be an active listener for our next VIRA meeting so I decided to look for a Susanna Kearsley novel. Much to my amazement I found The Splendour Falls, in a basket in my bedroom. Most of the time, I can remember where I’ve purchased  a particular book, – Volume One Bookstore in Duncan, Bolen’s in Victoria, or … Continue reading Susanna Kearsley – The Splendour Falls