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.

Radio Segment: Palate Cleansers Pt. II

Radio Segment: Palate Cleansers Pt. II

I'm not so great at posting my on-air book reviews, which is why this segment is 'part two' of something you probably haven't heard (sorry). Once a month I mosey on over to the CBC studios here in Calgary to record a few book reviews, and this past Tuesday I spoke...

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Anne Logan’s Advice for Authors-Third Time’s a Charm

Anne Logan’s Advice for Authors-Third Time’s a Charm

So before my life got super busy crazy, I had started writing blog posts meant to help authors market their books. I've written two segments so far, you can check them out here and here. Since then, I got so caught up writing reviews of the books I've read that I'd...

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Book Review: The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

Book Review: The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

I always get so excited to see the latest Ruth Ware hit the bookstores, and I think this is her best one yet. The Death of Mrs. Westaway has a wonderful gothic feel to it, the atmosphere plays on all the common 'haunted house' elements, but it didn't feel overdone at...

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Book Review: Calypso by David Sedaris

Book Review: Calypso by David Sedaris

A few weeks ago on twitter I made a bold declaration in relation to Calypso by David Sedaris, his latest book of stories. About halfway through the book, I remembered that I absolutely adore Sedaris's writing, and I can officially declare him my favourite writer. Yes,...

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Book Review: Hunting Houses by Fanny Britt

Book Review: Hunting Houses by Fanny Britt

I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this before. Hunting Houses by Fanny Britt* is a three day snapshot into Tessa's life; a middle-aged, married real-estate agent with three boys and a husband who adores her. But we don't just follow Tessa for this short...

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Book Review: The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

Book Review: The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

I first heard of The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz through my dear friend FictionFan's blog, she reviewed this book a few months ago and had some complicated feelings about it. When the publisher sent it to me for review, I decided to give it a go, even though FF...

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Video Review: The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman

Video Review: The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman

After a short hiatus from my booktube reviews, I'm back with a new one: The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman. As I mention in the recording, this is the July pick for my book club (register for the discussion here if you're interested and live in Calgary!), and I really...

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Book Review: Mrs. by Caitlin Macy

Book Review: Mrs. by Caitlin Macy

Why is it that the lives of the 'haves' versus the 'have nots' always seem to intrigue us? Reality television tends to focus on the rich and famous, creating a fake example of 'life' when it is really just an over-scripted and curated view of what the producers want...

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Goodbye Pearl

Goodbye Pearl

It's with a heavy heart that I write this: our beloved Pearl has passed away, and because she played such a large part in this blog, I thought it best to alert all of you that you will no longer be seeing photos of her in my future posts. Pearl lived a good life, she...

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Book Review: Close-up on Murder: A Murder, She Wrote Mystery

Book Review: Close-up on Murder: A Murder, She Wrote Mystery

I’ve had this book on my shelf for awhile now, it was a gift from someone who knew I loved the show. I was saving it for a ‘special occasion’, meaning, when I knew I would need my spirits lifted, and reading something comforting like this would instantly make me feel...

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Book Review: Blame by Jeff Abbott

Book Review: Blame by Jeff Abbott

Ah yes, the good ol' unreliable female narrator. You can't wade into a thriller section of a bookstore these days without finding at least 50% of the books include this oft-used device. This time, our protagonist Jane Norton isn't reliable because she might be crazy...

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Radio Segment: Father’s Day

Radio Segment: Father’s Day

I recorded my first radio column since giving birth this week, so it sounds like I have a bit of 'baby brain' when certain titles and words escape me, but luckily the very seasoned radio host fills in the blanks (thank you Terri!). Hopefully the more sleep I get, the...

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