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: Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo

Book Review: Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo

Every once in a while during my reading travels, I unknowingly pick up a book that speaks directly to me in that particular moment in my life. Because I read so many books, and consciously pick ones that I think I may like, this doesn't come as a shock, but still, I...

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Book Review: The Braver Thing by Clifford Jackman

Book Review: The Braver Thing by Clifford Jackman

A few months ago I was scrolling through a publishing catalog and I came across a work of literary fiction all about pirates in the 1700s, so obviously I had to read it! Old-timey pirates; I find them equal parts fascinating and scary. I was curious to see if these...

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Book Review: You Can’t Catch Me by Catherine McKenzie

Book Review: You Can’t Catch Me by Catherine McKenzie

I love a good tale of revenge; there's something deliciously sweet about people getting what's coming to them. A few weeks ago my family was on a road trip, and we were waiting in our car in line for a ferry. Beside us, another car tried to zip past the line cut-off...

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Book Review: Indians on Vacation by Thomas King

Book Review: Indians on Vacation by Thomas King

This is the first book I've read by Thomas King, a well-respected American-Canadian Indigenous author who has won numerous awards in Canada for his writing, often focusing on issues facing First Nations people. Aside from his admirable reputation, he lives in my...

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Book Review: The Ghost in the House by Sara O’Leary

Book Review: The Ghost in the House by Sara O’Leary

Imagine my delight when realizing the author of my favourite children's picture book had penned a novel for adults! I didn't care what the topic was, whether it was fiction or non-fiction, I wanted to read it right away, and I'm relieved to say I loved it just as much...

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Book Review: Long Bright River by Liz Moore

Book Review: Long Bright River by Liz Moore

This is the second book about opioid addiction that I've read in the past few months. Although that seems a bit strange, we are learning that in the background of the Covid-19 pandemic, an even bigger problem is looming, killing more people than ever before: drug...

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Book Review: The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Book Review: The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

I don't read a lot of historical fiction, although I do like to dabble every once in awhile, and The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave caught my eye because it deals with witches, at least, the idea of them. It's also based on a true story, which again, appeals to...

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Book Review: Camp Girls by Iris Krasnow

Book Review: Camp Girls by Iris Krasnow

Did you go to summer camp when you were a kid? Does the thought of summer drum up memories of lakes, pine trees, and lazy canoe rides as the sun sets? I was lucky enough to head up north each summer to my family cottage when I was a kid, and because my Mom was a...

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Book Review: All The Lost Things by Michelle Sacks

Book Review: All The Lost Things by Michelle Sacks

Although it's difficult to write in the voice of a child, I've had pretty good luck finding authors that do it well. This is why I had such high hopes for All The Lost Things by Michelle Sacks, a work of fiction about a Dad abducting his 7-year-old daughter Dolly. It...

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