Monthly archives: December, 2015

UNFLINCHING – THE MAKING OF A CANADIAN SNIPER by JODY MITIC

Reading Girl has reached the end of 2015 – and the last book review for the year is written by Canadian soldier Jody Mitic who aspired to join the military and specifically to become a sniper.  He writes frankly about his training and time serving Canada. His duties take him to Afghanistan and while on patrol he steps on a land mine suffering the loss of his legunflinching-9781476795102_lgs below the knees.  He details his painful road to recovery and the results of this life-altering event.   I classify this as an ‘easier’ read, but an important one.  While always pleased to see a turnout on Remembrance Day, I think the men and women of our military need to be put 143482137323574on a pedestal 365 days a year.   Mitic helps shine a spotlight on the issue.  This book also serves as a gateway to other personal stories such as Outside the Wire by Kevin Patterson or Fifteen Days by Christie Blatchford.  So buy two copies of Mitic’s book – one for you and one for a stocking stuffer.  And while you may think this is a downer of a last review, it really isn’t.  We are celebrating our heroes.  And that is what the season is all about – to me, at least.  Merry Christmas to all.

2015   Simon & Schuster   238 pages


MALLED by CAITLIN KELLY

Where to begin.   Christmas is coming, and if I could I would buy Ms. Kelly a damn shepherd’s hook.  I cannot quite figure out if this freelance writer took a retail job at The North Face to write this book or because (as she assures us) she really needed the money.  When, after a year, she is working just one afternoon a week, I have to think it was for the book.  And while parts were interesting, structurally it could do with one last edit9781591845430_p0_v1_s192x300.

It is repetitive – shelves are too high, management doesn’t acknowledge the workers , there are not enough shepherd’s hooks to reach stock.  She often reminds us of her many accomplishments in life (speaks three languages, has lived in Europe) and yet she is treated as if she is an idiot by the general public when she is behind a cash register.  Repeat.  Bad shelving in the stockroom. I’m no idiot, I have travelled through 37 countries and met the Queen! PLEASE acknowledge the staff, and we need a third hook!    She reminds us twice that she bought a 200.00 blouse (using her credit card, everyone!) that she could, in theory, ill-afford (p.s. – her family is loaded).

I truly believe the retail workers of the world do a thankless job and could really use someone to tell their story, but this isn’t quite it.  I had trouble sympathizing with her plight and ended up feeling she didn’t really represent the masses. Sorry Caitlin, but I am just not buying into this (re)tale of woe.

2011 Penguin  223 pages