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: Dual Citizens by Alix Ohlin

Book Review: Dual Citizens by Alix Ohlin

Did you watch the Giller awards on Monday night? I was glued to the television screen, strangely nervous to see who the winner of Canada's biggest book prize would be. As you no doubt realized already, Dual Citizens by Alix Ohlin did not win, but I really enjoyed it,...

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Book Review: The Innocents by Michael Crummey

Book Review: The Innocents by Michael Crummey

Let me set the scene for you: two kids live in an extremely isolated cove, their parents die, and they are forced to harvest and catch their own food as a means of survival. That's it. That's the book. And in the words of the author-who would want to read about that?...

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Book Review: Reproduction by Ian Williams

Book Review: Reproduction by Ian Williams

Reproduction by Ian Williams, winner of the 2019 Giller Prize is a quirky read. Aside from this book being PAINFULLY LONG, I enjoyed it. It plays with lots of things: format, timelines, even phrasing. That being said, I'm a reader who doesn't like freaky-deaky...

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Book Review: Agnes, Murderess by Sarah Leavitt

Book Review: Agnes, Murderess by Sarah Leavitt

So I know Halloween is over, but I'm the type of person who likes to read spooky stories all year around, especially in the winter when I'm curled up by my fireplace. Agnes, Murderess by Sarah Leavitt landed on my doorstep unexpectedly, so the good folks at Freehand...

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Book Review: The Enchanted Hour by Meghan Cox Gurdon

Book Review: The Enchanted Hour by Meghan Cox Gurdon

Now I know I'm not the only one who feels a sense of smug pleasure when reading a non-fiction book extolling the positives of a habit you already practice. Doesn't it feel good to read a news article talking about how coffee is good for you, when you drink it...

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Ivereadthis Jr. Edition: Halloween Treats and One Trick

Ivereadthis Jr. Edition: Halloween Treats and One Trick

Holiday picture books are my absolute favourite way to get in the 'mood' for something. Even though we read them all year around, they seem to radiate an important aura as the relevant date approaches, getting both myself and my kids event more excited for what's to...

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Book Review: Bellini and the Sphinx by Tony Bellotto

Book Review: Bellini and the Sphinx by Tony Bellotto

Are you a fan of 'noir fiction' ? Do you even know what 'noir' means? There are various definitions for it, but I found this wikipedia listing pretty thorough, and the first sentence does enough for my purposes here: "In its modern form, noir has come to denote a...

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Book Review: The Waiting Hours by Shandi Mitchell

Book Review: The Waiting Hours by Shandi Mitchell

There's always a few jobs out there that one knows for certain they could never handle. Personally, I could never be a teacher because I can barely manage my own two children and I find all their questions annoying (sorry not sorry). But for some reason the monumental...

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Book Review: Lampedusa by Steven Price

Book Review: Lampedusa by Steven Price

Dear reader; I wanted so much to like Lampedusa by Steven Price. At the time I'm writing this, it was announced as a shortlist contender for the Giller Prize, and because so many people in Canada are forming their reading lists based on this prize alone, I may be one...

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Book Review: Toil & Trouble by Augusten Burroughs

Book Review: Toil & Trouble by Augusten Burroughs

I think I may have found myself a new favourite author, probably because the brilliance of his writing reminds me so much of my original favourite author, David Sedaris. Toil & Trouble by Augusten Burroughs is a memoir about being a witch, i.e. having special...

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