The Best Books I Read This Year (Part I)

December 8, 2017

Many ‘meh’ books for me this year. But these reads really got me. Stay tuned for Part II tomorrow. My Favourite Read of 2017: meticulously researched, gorgeously plotted, Amor Towles’ historical novel follows Count Alexander Rostov, sentenced, by the Bolsheviks, to a life under house arrest in Moscow’s Metropol Hotel, under whose luxurious-yet-fading roof we… Read More

12 Books for People Who Want to Get Back into Reading: A Book Dumpling List

June 5, 2017

A Reading Slump: categorized by not possessing the attention and / or interest to pick up a book and maintain interest. Most people, however, do have the desire to read in order to inform themselves, entertain themselves, or both. Here’s a list of books that will get you (and/or someone you know), back into reading…. Read More

Dysfunctional Families: A Book Dumpling List

September 1, 2016

FUN HOME: A FAMILY TRAGICOMIC – BY ALISON BECHDEL Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of graphic novel memoirs Readers who enjoy the true story of a father’s death soon after he comes out of the closet. Anyone wondering what it would be like to grow up in a funeral home. FUNNY BOY – BY SHYAM SELVADURAI Book… Read More

5 Books for June

June 6, 2016

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney   Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of page-turning fiction set in upper-crust NYC society. Readers looking for a story of four siblings fighting over an inheritance. Fans of multi-perspective fiction. The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of Indian immigrant fiction. Readers interested in the… Read More

5 Books for March: Book Dumpling Recommends

March 7, 2016

The Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin Book Dumpling Recommends For: Lovers of anthropology. Anyone interested in the elitism of Manhattan’s Upper East Side Those curious about the value of a Birkin bag. Book Dumpling Recommends For: Readers of intelligent, page-turning fiction that involves a central mystery. • Anyone who enjoys a story meditating on… Read More

‘The Curiosity Bookshop’ Reader Personality: A Book Dumpling List

April 28, 2015

Profile: ‘The Curiosity Bookshop’ Personality Books you love are not fantasy, in its pure, genre manifestation – more like they incorporate just the right amount of magical realism. You love stories having to do with real issues that incorporate light doses of magic and / or incredulous situations. You are curious about a world in… Read More


April 15, 2015

I get funny looks when people discover that, before heading to work in the morning, I drive forty-five minutes out of my way for my favourite coffee. Some find this idea stressful; I find driving one of the most relaxing mechanisms for alleviating anxiety. Going over Mount Royal while listening to an intelligent, thought-provoking podcast… Read More


April 5, 2015

One of the more frequent questions I get on the blog is: ‘how can I make my teenage boys read?’ Part of me wonders if our assumption that teenage boys don’t like reading, is part of the reason why some of them don’t? Many of the teenage girls I teach aren’t reading, either, yet people… Read More

Book Dumpling’s ‘Most Recommended: Mainstream’ Reads.

March 15, 2015

You asked and it was a pleasure to answer. I’ve answered over 3,000 surveys for book-seekers with titles that range from little-known nuggets to genre-specific romps to the more popular, oft-publicized reads. Enjoy the list below to see PART 1 of Book Dumpling’s ‘Most Recommended’ (the Mainstream titles). Add any appealing titles to your reading list. Or give these as presents…. Read More