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: A Sally Rooney Threesome

Book Review: A Sally Rooney Threesome

Do you see what I did there? For anyone who has read a Sally Rooney novel, you'll know how sex plays a role in her writing, which is a fact I've most recently become aware of since I read all three of her books. Her publisher contacted me and asked if I'd like to see...

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Book Review: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Book Review: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

I am continually impressed by the eclectic mix of books that Matt Haig has published in the past few years. The first book of his I read was historical fiction, then I moved onto a work of non-fiction which I failed to write a formal review of, but talked about on the...

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Book Review: Her Turn by Katherine Ashenburg

Book Review: Her Turn by Katherine Ashenburg

I love reading about a fed-up lady. There is nothing more entertaining than reading the inner (and sometimes outer) thoughts of a middle-aged woman who is just sick of it all. One of my favourite books in past years was this little gem, which is why I was so eager to...

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Book Review: Humane by Anna Marie Sewell

Book Review: Humane by Anna Marie Sewell

Sometimes you read a book where you don't entirely know or understand what is going on. One character's remark may prompt you to question whether something really happened the way you thought it did, or it may be unclear as to what the characters are aware of vs. what...

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Book Review: Mrs. Rochester’s Ghost by Lindsay Marcott

Book Review: Mrs. Rochester’s Ghost by Lindsay Marcott

Well this is the perfect book to read on vacation, especially a summertime vacation! It takes place on a remote estate on the wild coast of California, complete with crashing waves, beautiful ocean scenery and a wild landscape easy to get lost in. I flew through this...

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Book Review: How a Woman Becomes a Lake by Marjorie Celona

Book Review: How a Woman Becomes a Lake by Marjorie Celona

I remember when Marjorie Celona's first book was released, Y. It came with huge buzz, her publishers were relentlessly pushing it to all the Canadian book festivals, and international rights were sold widely. It was awhile ago now, so I don't honestly remember my...

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Revisiting Nancy Drew as an Adult: A Tale of Three Books

Revisiting Nancy Drew as an Adult: A Tale of Three Books

I know I'm not the only one with fond memories of racing through Nancy Drew mysteries as a young reader. I always loved mysteries as a kid, and still do as an adult, but I now recognize the Nancy Drew series as my introduction to cozy mysteries, which then led to my...

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Book Review: The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon

Book Review: The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon

Boy oh boy this book scared me. Scared me to the point of avoiding my dark basement kind of scary. I chose it to go with my 'dangerous water' segment that I'm putting together for my next radio column, and I thought I was being clever by choosing this particular theme...

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Book Review: Intimations by Zadie Smith

Book Review: Intimations by Zadie Smith

I distinctly remember the day this book arrived on my doorstep. When I opened the package, I thought to myself how weird it was that the first book about Covid and its disruptions was finally being printed, and how surreal it felt to put it on my shelf. I thought to...

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Book Review: Lost Immunity by Daniel Kalla

Book Review: Lost Immunity by Daniel Kalla

Last year I read Daniel Kalla's book The Last High for my (now dormant) online book club, and although medical thrillers aren't usually a strong interest of mine, I found I really enjoyed its story about the opioid crisis. Kalla is back with another timely novel: Lost...

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