Living With Joy

Just one person trying to live their life with Joy


I’ve long enjoyed Nancy Thayer’s writing.  In recent years her books have become my ‘beach reads’.  Light novels featuring romantic and family conflict set in Nantucket. A few weeks ago … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · Leave a comment


  This was one of those “pull the car over” moments.  A beautiful harbour scene at the moment when the evening light is just right.  Stunning.

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The Happiness Project

When stuck on an unusually long layover in an airport when the battery on your ebook reader is draining unusually fast, a paperback copy of The Happiness Project seems like … Continue reading

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The Ferry Approaches

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The High Road

Until I picked up Terry Fallis’ book The Best Laid Plans earlier this year, I had no idea that there was actual a genre of books for Canadian comedic political … Continue reading

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On the Waterfront

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Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs

I picked up this book as it is related to my work and the title made me curious.  Being in the world of education, we constantly hear that our graduates … Continue reading

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Books I’ve Read This Year

Fiction (28)

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)

American Wife - Curtis Sittenfeld (3)

Caught - Lisa Moore (4)*

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Shaffer & Barrows (4)*

Home - Marilynne Robinson (4)

Moon Shell Beach - Nancy Thayer (4)

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (4)

Cambridge - Susanna Kaysen (3)

The High Road - Terry Fallis (4 1/2)*

Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell (4)*

Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese (4 1/2)*

The Radiance of Tomorrow - Ishmael Beah (4)

The House at Riverton (4)*

The Orenda - Joseph Boyden (5)*

Beachcombers - Nancy Thayer (3 1/2)

A Special Relationship - Douglas Kennedy (2 1/2)

Non-Fiction (22)

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*

Giving It Up - Maggie Dawn*

Faith Unraveled - Rachel Held Evans

The No Asshole Rule - Robert Sutton*

Confessions of a Community College Administrator - Matthew Reed

The Emperor of All Maladies - Siddhartha Mukherjee*

Strategic Market Research - Anne Beall

Why Good People Can't Get Jobs - Peter Cappelli

The Happiness Project - Gretchen Rubin

In the Body of the World - Eve Ensler

* highly recommended


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