Living With Joy

Just one person trying to live their life with Joy

Jane Austen: A Life

I’ve loved reading Jane Austen’s books for years and living in the UK meant learning a little about her life by osmosis.  However, reading this book I realized how little … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Abide With Me

Picking up Abide With Me in the corner of a second hand bookstore I was exploring, I thought it was worth a try.  It was set in New England and … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Thinking Fast and Slow

As a mere civilian, it’s hard to critique a book that is made up of the research of two Nobel Prize winners.  My Psych 100 isn’t really up to the … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · Leave a comment


Presumably, the motivation behind this novel was to get in on the Downton Abbey trend.  We’re all crazy for upper class England and the many secrets the servants hold. Written … Continue reading

March 21, 2014 · Leave a comment


For years I have been skeptical of Malcolm Gladwell’s books.  I’ve enjoyed a few of his articles, but the premise of each of his books seem to be a little … Continue reading

March 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

Firefly Lane

After reading several very tense books, I was badly in need of something a little lighter.  I picked this book off my pile of novels waiting to be read (it’s … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · Leave a comment


Imagine my shock when I saw this 2012 Giller Prize winner on the shelf at my local (American) library.  Canadian literature (beyond Margaret Atwood) here in the land to the … Continue reading

March 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Paris in Love

After my last audio book (the yet to be reviewed Thinking Fast and Slow), which was very long and heavy, I was looking for something a little lighter to listen … Continue reading

March 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Signal and the Noise

Ever since the election of 2012 I had planned to read Nate Silver’s book.  I loved the way he used the best of big data analysis to better understand electoral … Continue reading

March 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Gentlemen of the Road

I have somehow managed to make it to this point in my reading life without ever reading a Michael Chabon book.  I think it’s because The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Books I’ve Read This Year

Fiction (13)

news from heaven - Jennifer Haigh (3 1/2)

The Interestings - Meg Wolitzer (4 1/2)*

The Amateur Marriage - Anne Tyler (4)*

419 - Will Ferguson (5)*

The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion (4)*

Gentlemen of the Road - Michael Chabon (4)

The English Girl - Daniel Silva (4)

The World to Come - Dara Horn (4)*

Firefly Lane - Kristin Hannah (4)

Longbourn - Jo Baker (3 1/2)

Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick (4)

The Best Laid Plans - Terry Fallis (4 1/2)*

Abide With Me - Elizabeth Strout (3 1/2)

Non-Fiction (13)

A Nation Worth Ranting About - Rick Mercer*

Help Thanks Wow - Anne Lamott

The Signal and the Noise - Nate Silver*

Don't Get Too Comfortable - David Rakoff

Wild - Cheryl Strayed

Lucky Man - Michael J. Fox

Stuff Christians Like - Jon Acuff

Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand*

Right Side Up - Paul Wells

Thinking Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman*

Paris in Love - Eloisa James*

Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell

Jane Austen - Carol Shields*

* highly recommended


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