My top picks of the month:


The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall

Canadian writer Whittall tells the story of a family impacted by an accusation of sexual assault. (Note that the experiences are more about the effects on the family members than they are about the alleged crimes.)

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

With lots of Hollywood-insider bits tempered by self-deprecation, this was a great read – and the girl is pretty funny.

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

From the publisher: “In this spine-tingling tale Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but she never sends them. Instead she hides them within the thousands of books her husband has collected. After she writes her final letter, Ingrid disappears.

Twelve years later, her adult daughter, Flora comes home to look after her injured father. Secretly, Flora has never believed her mother is dead, and she starts asking questions, without realizing that the answers she’s looking for are hidden in the books that surround her.”


A Dog’s Purpose

The girls really liked this movie (though we all cried a lot!) and were particularly impressed that years ago I was in a play in Peterborough with Gabrielle Rose, who has a small role in the film. It also sparked a great conversation because after the movie (the premise of which is that a dog is reincarnated many times over) one of my daughters said, “I don’t want to come back in another life!” and I explained to her that we (as Catholics) actually don’t believe that we do. Entertainment and a religion lesson all in one!


We caught up on Homeland on Netflix (now anxiously awaiting new seasons) and I’m three quarters through Suits, which I am still loving! Now what should I watch next?!

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