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January Book of 2012 - The Golden Spruce

Most of my life I have been an avid reader.  The only exception was right after I graduated from University in 1993.  I think my brain was done with reading and needed a break.  In 1995, my husband gave me a copy of the English Patient and I was hooked on reading again.  That book and the movie, released in 1996, are still my favourite book and movie.

For a couple of years now, I have subscribed to Audible  and really enjoyed listening to a book or two each month.  I started by listening to business books that I found necessary but not that interesting to read. Then I took a chance and downloaded The Kite Runner instead of reading it.  I was hooked!  A good story with a good narrator can engross me for hours.  My most recent listen was Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.  I would never have been able to read this book from cover to cover so listening to it was fantastic.

Still, nothing can really replace a good paperback read. Kindle, Kobo and iPad can not recreate the feel and smell of a 'real' book.

A couple of weeks before Christmas, I was introduced to Ben Davidson by a friend.  Ben was in town visiting family and the three of went for a run in Richmond.  As we ran we chatted about Haida Gwaii and what it is like to live there.  It is a place I have always wanted to visit (and will go someday).  I mentioned that my Dad enjoyed reading The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant but I had not yet picked it up.  So this will be my first Book of the Month for 2012.


Let me know if you have read it and what you thought.  Book report to come at the end of January.

Happy Training, Happy Life.


Comments

Penney said…
Hi Erin,

I'm just reading his other book right now, The Tiger. It's really good! I have the Golden Spruce on my 2012 reading list too... we could get together for a book club coffee date. :)

See you soon,
Joanne.
harriet glynn said…
Reading it. So good. Chapter one is so evocative.
millar prescott said…
I have a deep yet unfounded desire to visit Haida Gwaii, as well. I'm fascinated by the place, and the cultural history and traditional roots of the people. Don't know why.

Good call on the book. Looking forward to reading it.

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Fun

In early February, I bought a season's pass to Grouse Mountain.  I have owned a pass in the past but not in for a few years.  My main goal was to get up on Monday and/or Wednesday nights for the Social Snowshoe.  90 minutes snowshoeing up the Snowshoe Grind and over the back side of Dam Mountain.  Headlamps required.

Full Moon

Fellow Snowshoers
View of Vancouver
Yes, these are terrible photos.  I only took photos this one time.  I realized that the iPhone will not take good photos in these conditions and you miss the actual moment trying to get a good photo.
In addition to Grouse, I have been up to Cypress Mountain Nordic area two times this season
First trip to Cypress
Our friend The Raven

Map of the snowshoe trails
Happy hikers today
Happy hikers today