Book Reviews

I typically post between two and three book reviews a week. Please refer to my review policy if you’d like to submit a book for consideration. I invite you to subscribe to my newsletter to get a summary of my reviews once  a month.

Book Review: Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Book Review: Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Beartown by Fredrik Backman is another book I picked up at my local library (curbside that is, apparently Calgary has the highest COVID numbers in the North America at the moment so libraries aren't open right now). I've wanted to read it for awhile since I discovered...

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Book Review: The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

Book Review: The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

I've been reading some wonderful mysteries lately, so imagine my surprise when I added yet another 5-star book to my goodreads list! The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton is the first book of his that I've ever read, but now I see why everyone loves this...

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Book Review: When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain

Book Review: When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain

Whenever I come across a successful author trying their hand at a brand new genre, I'm a bit skeptical. Why bother trying something completely new when you've figured out the successful formula to your writing; just give us what we want! But of course I'm no artist,...

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Book Review: Other People’s Children by R.J. Hoffmann

Book Review: Other People’s Children by R.J. Hoffmann

I'll admit to requesting this book because of the title alone: Other People's Children by R.J. Hoffmann seemed liked the type of catty novel that describes the judgements we make about how people raise their kids ( we all do it!). So imagine my surprise when this book...

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Book Review: Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Book Review: Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

This may be the one and only time I say this, but for once I don't resent the fact that this is an extremely long book: 600 pages! Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz is a classic whodunnit, and although the references to Agatha Christie in the blurbs are a stretch...

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Book Review: Paying the Land by Joe Sacco

Book Review: Paying the Land by Joe Sacco

It's important that as you read my review, you understand that this is my first Joe Sacco book. Of course I've heard of him, but Paying the Land is the first book of his that has really appealed to me, maybe because it's rooted in Canada and deals with Indigenous...

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Book Review: Charity by Keath Fraser

Book Review: Charity by Keath Fraser

Even though Charity by Keath Fraser is only a novella (114 pages in length), it felt more like a novel, diving into a multitude of topics; drugs, body image, parental responsibility, ageism. Summaries of a few different people's lives are included, but much of what...

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Book Review: Waiting for a Star to Fall by Kerry Clare

Book Review: Waiting for a Star to Fall by Kerry Clare

Many Canadian book lovers will be familiar with the author Kerry Clare, as she has her own wonderful blog where she reviews books, plus she's the editor at 49thshelf.com which is a helpful resource for those looking to find the latest books being released in Canada....

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Book Review: The Good Son by Carolyn Huizinga Mills

Book Review: The Good Son by Carolyn Huizinga Mills

This book surprised me. Based on its cover, and its publisher (Cormorant Books), I was expecting a very literary novel, something with drawn out descriptions and hidden meanings, usually a bit slower in pace. Instead, I found a page-turner of a novel in The Good Son...

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Book Review: Crosshairs by Catherine Hernandez

Book Review: Crosshairs by Catherine Hernandez

Crosshairs by Catherine Hernandez is about a dystopian society in which people of colour, and LGTBQ2S folks are referred to as 'Others' and placed in concentration camps. But what readers may find even more shocking than this terrifying premise is the fact that it...

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Book Review: Happy Hour by Marlowe Granados

Book Review: Happy Hour by Marlowe Granados

Have you ever had the experience of reading a book, looking at a piece of art, or even watching a movie and feeling like you are much 'cooler/hip' for having taken it in? After reading Happy Hour by Marlowe Granados, I feel as though I'm on the cutting edge of...

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