The Books that Built the Blogger with Naomi from Consumed by Ink



This week on The Books that Built the Blogger, I am delighted to welcome Naomi from Consumed by Ink. Naomi is one of my favourite bloggers. I often feel like we are long distance blogging twins as we started our blogs within a few months of each other and she is one of the first bloggers I ever followed. Add to that a passion for Canadian literature which matches my passion for Irish literature and a lovely review writing style and you have a winning blog! Here are her (great) choices!


Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

First… always first… Anne of Green Gables. And, even though Anne of Green Gables is not necessarily my favourite of Montgomery’s books, it is the one I started with and it led me to all the others. Her books also became my first book collection – I was determined to own them all. We spent many summers camping in Prince Edward Island when I was young, and every time we went, my mother would let me choose a new LMM to buy. I loved that I could read about characters that lived and breathed in the same places I visited (and even stood), and were written about by a woman who had once lived there. I think these books also taught me to appreciate descriptive writing at a young age. I still read them and love them, and I could probably say my whole reading life and blogging aspirations are thanks to LMM alone; rich characters, vibrant settings, and proudly Atlantic Canadian.

But since I’m allowed 4 more books,  I won’t stop there.

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

This lovely story taught me several things: the importance of ‘stopping to smell the flowers’, that it’s okay to be different, and that mother’s are there to love and support you in your differences. I suspect I would have come by all these ‘lessons’ in other ways, but mental images of this book have stuck in my mind all these years and so I thought it deserved some mention. My version of ‘stopping to smell the flowers’ has always been to walk or to read. When I was young, I loved to sit and read under a tree in the backyard, like Ferdinand. I don’t often sit under a tree when I read anymore, but the peaceful feeling I got from it has stayed with me.

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Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

This book was my introduction into the world of survival stories and living in isolation. I thought it was completely fascinating, and read it many times. I still love books about people living alone, living off the land, stories of shipwrecks or living at sea. I also loved that the protagonist of the book was a girl – it showed me that girls are just as capable as boys. This is something I never questioned in my life, and maybe it’s partly because of this book, and others like it. (Although, my parents could probably take some credit here… They provided me with all these great books, after all.)


The Eight by Katherine Neville

The Eight might seem like an odd choice for me, but I remember reading this book like it was yesterday. I read it for the first time in Grade 10, and completely gobbled it up. And it was one of the first books I read that my Dad and I could talk about. But the reason it’s on this list is because it’s the first time I remember being really excited about writing a book report. I was so proud of my report, and received a good mark from a reputably strict marker. For the rest of my time in high school I tried to outdo myself with each book report I wrote. I even wrote one for my sister once  (who was a year ahead of me) to boost her English mark. So… the beginning of something I wouldn’t take up again for another 22 years.


The Nymph and the Lamp by Thomas Raddall 

This book reminded me of how much I love reading about places I know and love. It led me to seek out other books set in the Atlantic Provinces, such as The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor by Sally Armstrong, The Birth House by Ami McKay, and George and Rue by George Elliott Clarke. These are the books that are directly related to me starting my blog, so I could share my enthusiasm for them with whoever would listen. I also wanted to read more CanLit in general – I knew how many good books there were out there about the places in my own country that I had never been to, and voices of the people who share this country with me, but whose lives and experiences are different from my own. Starting my blog was like a challenge to myself to read more of these books, but it has ended up being so much more. The warmth of the book blogging community completely took me by surprise, and not only am I getting to know more about Canada, but I have also met so many wonderful bloggers from all over the world who share my passion for reading, as well as, I believe, Ferdinand’s desire for peace.

Thanks Cathy, for inviting me to talk about books (and myself) on your blog!

I love how Naomi can pin point when her love of book reviewing started! What great choices – I am determined now to read Anne of Green Gables to the twins, I think they and I will love it.

As it is Reading Ireland Month, I have one again asked for a favourite book by an Irish author and Naomi has gone for Malarky by Anakana Schofield.


It’s a great choice, not least because Anakana calls herself an Irish-Canadian so Naomi and I have decided to share her. I’ll be reviewing her latest novel Martin John, later in the month.

What do you think of Naomi’s choices?

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  1. Naomi is my favorite blogger as well, and since I was lucky enough to meet her last summer, I can honestly say that she’s as nice in person as she is on her blog! 🙂 I can also say that Island of the Blue Dolphins taught me as well that girls can do pretty much anything they put their minds to.

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  2. Such great chocies, Naomi! Katherine Neville’s book thrilled me too, at the time, because it was so refreshing to have a female character at the centre of action (whereas I’d been reading thrillers by Forsyth and Ludlum and enjoying the plots but they were stuffed with men – and little history). I can see where it would have made for a great book report, too! Your post makes me want to reread Ferdinand and I’m distressed that I can’t find my copy straight away: I might have to dash to the library to get my fix! I loved O’Dell’s book as a girl, too, and other survival stories, and I am reading Malarky for this month’s event, but I have – yet – to read Raddall. I know, I know: I must!

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  3. Once again, so many CanLit options that I’ve never heard of! I really enjoyed hearing what books inspired your love of CanLit and books set in Atlantic Canada, Naomi!
    Anne of Green Gables forever! As you say, it isn’t LMM’s best book but it’s the one that will always be the most special!

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  4. I knew our Anne would appear as soon as I saw Naomi’s name! At least I’ve read it, unlike all the other ones – this feature is really highlighting just how different all our book choices are – just as well there’s no shortage of authors out there…

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  5. I always trust Naomi’s recommendations. So lovely to see one of my favourite bloggers featured here, Cathy! I’d be interested to hear what your twins think of Anne.

    Last fall I read The Nymph and the Lamp because of Naomi’s review and I enjoyed it immensely — though Naomi knows I still like Raddall’s novel Hangman’s Beach even more. I’ll echo Eva’s “Anne of Green Gables forever!” Reading LMM’s Anne and Emily books when I was a child growing up in Nova Scotia (and visiting PEI) made me want to read more, get a good education, and learn how to become a writer.

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  6. Interesting reading ! I am an older Dutchman, 63 years old now. I became involved with LMM around 1999, when an NZ-exchange student living with us came home with the Anne-DVD’s.
    We have a warm family-connection with Canada through my wife , and because of living for a few years in the UK in my 20’s, everything with a few drops of British in it is always welcome. The Canadians send us the Anne-books, which I have read 2 times.

    I joined one of the main Anne internet-forums at that time , and with a few old “buddies” we still have contact. Some we met in real in Canada. Kindred Spirits in the sense of having the same thoughts about Freedom of thinking, imagination and speech, hot items these days.

    I did read some other books from LMM. The Emily-trilogy is my favorite because it is darker,heavier and LMM herself seems to come more to the surface in those books.
    I read a lot of LMM, and admire her a lot.
    No surprise of course that this “swing” to a more feminine path brought Jane Austen on my path as well. I have read the “Great Six” three times by now, and a new cycle will come for sure.
    Forum-wise I am a bit on the fringe these days, my most active interest is Korean culture and mythology, coming alive in their splendid TV-drama’s.
    But there is plenty of JA en LMM to discover in there too !
    ( Quote from a Kdrama airing beginning 2017, somebody explaining a situation : “It is a Anne Shirley-Gilbert Blythe situation”)

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  7. Thanks so much for inviting me to be a part of your feature, Cathy, and for your kind words about my blog. 🙂 I was away for a couple of days, so I’m only just seeing this now. Reading the comments from my favourite bloggers has made me feel warm and fuzzy. Thanks everyone! 🙂

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  8. Such great books! Naomi, it’s really interesting to learn what books influenced you. Cathy, I read Anne of Green Gables with my twins, and they loved it. We also read Emily of New Moon together.

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