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: The Figgs by Ali Bryan

Book Review: The Figgs by Ali Bryan

God this was a funny book. The Figgs by Ali Bryan is absolutely hilarious, and I knew it would be, based on how much I enjoyed her first novel Roost, which also mines the hilarity of family, child-rearing, and the domestic sphere in general. The Figgs centers on a...

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Book Review: Liminal by Jordan Tannahill

Book Review: Liminal by Jordan Tannahill

Liminal by Jordan Tannahill is a book that pushes boundaries. It doesn't really have a plot, so it's pushing the boundaries of what we would typically think of as a novel (although many people see this as more of a memoir, it's a work of fiction, so we must assume...

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Book Review: The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

Book Review: The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

It's strange timing that I read this book while pregnant, as The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman describes not one, not two, but three (!) different childbirth experiences. I raced through this book, and everytime I reached one of these scenes, I could feel...

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Book Review: Word by Word by Kory Stamper

Book Review: Word by Word by Kory Stamper

Word by Word by Kory Stamper is a non-fiction book about dictionaries. Wait! Before you close out of this blog post, I promise you reading my review will be worth it, because this my friends, is a great book full of entertaining writing. Yes, a book with the subtitle...

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Book Review: Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro

Book Review: Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro

This book could have easily become a cliche; it centers on the extramarital affair that Maggie has with her penpal-turned-friend-turned-lover James. But there are a few things that keep Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro from spiralling into an overdone narrative. Firstly,...

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Book Review: Find You in the Dark by Nathan Ripley

Book Review: Find You in the Dark by Nathan Ripley

It feels like I've been reading a lot of 'dark' books lately, non-fiction mostly, so I searched for a 'guilty pleasure' read to lift the guilt I had been weighed under by reading such devastating memoirs. Strange to some, I chose a thriller, a pretty violent one at...

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Book (Zine) Review: Fashion Revolution Fanzine Issue 01

Book (Zine) Review: Fashion Revolution Fanzine Issue 01

This is definitely a first for this blog-the review of a 'zine', which is defined by urban dictionary as basically a cheaply made publication filled with passion.  I love this definition because it perfectly describes this fashion revolution zine. I ordered it awhile...

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Book Review: The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien

Book Review: The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien

In the past, I've made comments on this blog that basically follow the theme of "it's usually the parents' fault" when referring to stories about adult break downs and shortcomings. I of course say this a bit tongue-in-cheek because I'm a parent myself, and now that I...

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Book Review: At This Juncture by Rona Altrows

Book Review: At This Juncture by Rona Altrows

Whenever I personally know the author of a book I'm reviewing, I always like to state that outright. Rona Altrows and I are regular acquaintances in the Calgary literary scene, it's a small industry here in cowtown so we inevitably run into each other at various...

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