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 every three weeks.

Book Review: Rabbit Foot Bill by Helen Humphreys

Book Review: Rabbit Foot Bill by Helen Humphreys

Rabbit Foot Bill by Helen Humphreys is my online book club's November pick (yes, that's still going!), and days after we announced our choice, a reader messaged me to say it took her only four hours to read. I love a fast read, so I was delighted when I read this in a...

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IveReadThis Jr. Edition: The World Around Them

IveReadThis Jr. Edition: The World Around Them

When I saw the announcement for the upcoming release of the picture book Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky, I was really excited. I had been looking for a way to approach the topic of racism with my 5 year-old because she hears the...

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Book Review: White Ivy by Susie Yang

Book Review: White Ivy by Susie Yang

I've been so excited to dive into this debut novel since it landed on my doorstep a few months ago, and although I thought it was going to be a book mainly about race, wealth is the true focal point of the story. White Ivy by Susie Yang has been compared to Little...

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Book Review: Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen

Book Review: Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen

I rarely do this, but when my new boss handed me a book and said 'you have to read this' I quickly slotted Harry's Trees by Jon Cohen into my reading queue. Why did I make an exception this time? Number one: she's my new boss and I want to keep her happy because I'm...

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Book Review: Watching You Without Me by Lynn Coady

Book Review: Watching You Without Me by Lynn Coady

When I first received this book for review I was under the impression it was a thriller, but after talking to a few people they told me it wasn't really like that. Then, I assumed it was just a literary 'character study', but others assured me this book was also quite...

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Book Review: The Beguiling by Zsuzsi Gartner

Book Review: The Beguiling by Zsuzsi Gartner

The Canlit community is abuzz over Zsuzsi Gartner's debut novel, The Beguiling. Despite this being her first novel, Gartner is a well-established pillar of the Canadian writing community. She's been shortlisted for a Scotiabank Giller Prize for her short story...

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Book Review: The Orphan of Cemetery Hill by Hester Fox

Book Review: The Orphan of Cemetery Hill by Hester Fox

As I continue to read through my recently-released spooky books for Halloween collection, I'm treated to a wide variety of genres that incorporate elements of horror into their narratives. Today's novel, The Orphan of Cemetery Hill by Hester Fox leans heavily into the...

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Book Review: Consider This by Chuck Palahniuk

Book Review: Consider This by Chuck Palahniuk

I haven't actually read a book by Chuck Palahniuk since his 2010 release Tell-All, which is also the year I met him, and helped organized his event here in Calgary. His writing memoir Consider This, Moments in my Writing Life After Which Everything Was Different...

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