Decoda’s Holiday Reading
Date posted: December 19, 2018
Decoda will be closed for the holidays between December 21st and January 2nd. We’re looking forward to spending time with friends and family, and to a little extra free reading. Today we’d like to share what we’re hoping to read.
Marci Bulloch – My holiday reading is The Ruins of Lace – A novel of France, freedom and forbidden lace. Did you know that Louis XIII banned both foreign and domestic lace? Punishment for its possession included banishment from the kingdom for five years. This led to two centuries of lace smuggling, and during one period of 15 years, an estimated 40,000 dogs being killed by bounty hunters as they crossed into France from Flanders. Girls as young as six were sent into convents to learn lace making, and were blind by the age of 30 thanks to the working conditions. All of this fascinates me; the history of it, the intricacies of it… I can’t wait to get out of work mode and into this book.
Christie Case – I’m looking forward to reading The Last Hours, by Minette Walters. For me, winter holidays are a time to foster and embrace comfort. I plan to put aside my “should be read” books and sink easily into what I expect will be a well-written page-turner. When I’m not reading The Last Hours, I’ll be pouring over baking recipes and dreaming of impossibly elaborate cookie trays.
Tina Chau – I’ve been saving Louise Penny’s latest book, Kingdom of the Blind, for a holiday reading treat. If time allows, I’ll be binge reading other mysteries. I’ll also be dipping into some new cookbooks to support my perennial New Year’s resolution to make something new/better.
Aliza Dhungana – Becoming is a Michelle Obama’s autobiographical memoir. Michele is a delightful personality and a powerful advocate for women and girls who gracefully balanced her life with the demands of motherhood, her professional life and her time as a First Lady. I can’t wait to read this book.
Gail Hanney – I’m hoping to read Lethal White by Robert Galbraith aka J. K. Rowling. It’s the fourth book with Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott. They are great detectives and one can only hope they will eventually end up together.
Maureen Kehler – I’ll be reading Washington Black during the holiday season. It’s been on my list ever since I heard Esi Edugyan speak at the Vancouver Writers Fest. “This is, in fact, less a book about the effects of slavery and more about the burden, responsibility and the guilt of personal freedom in a time of slavery.”- from Arifa Akbar’s review in The Guardian.
Carolyn Moi – Wave by Eric Walters: I can’t wait to read this book that my 11-year-old nephew put into my hands!
Fanny Romeyn – I’m hoping to read Michelle Obama’s Becoming. I always liked Michelle Obama and heard good reviews of her book.
Margaret Sutherland – Gail and I attended the Giller Light Bash with Frontier College this year. We had a great time. I was inspired to try and read the winning book, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, and at least one other finalist over the holidays.