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: Woman on the Edge by Samantha M. Bailey

Book Review: Woman on the Edge by Samantha M. Bailey

Are you the type of reader that's affected by book hype? If an upcoming release is getting a lot of attention, does it make you want to read it even more? It's ok to admit it affects you, that's why they call it 'buzz', it's so persuasive! Woman on the Edge by...

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Book Review: Holding on to Normal by Alana Somerville

Book Review: Holding on to Normal by Alana Somerville

Holding on to Normal by Alana Somerville is a memoir. It's about a 33-year-old mother of two young children who is diagnosed with breast cancer; her journey of discovering the lump, deciding on treatments and reconstructive surgeries and then enduring the chemotherapy...

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Ivereadthis Jr. Edition:  Happy Home-bound Easter

Ivereadthis Jr. Edition: Happy Home-bound Easter

Easter is my favourite holiday because the chocolate selection is exceptional at this time of year. Cadbury is my go-to brand of chocolate (#notsponsored) and they bring out all the showstoppers in March and April; cream eggs, mini eggs, lil' scoops, I love them all....

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Join My Online Book Club!

Join My Online Book Club!

If you're like me, looking at your empty April calendar will make you think one of two things: 1) See you later TBR pile! 2) I miss people. I'm feeling this so much lately. I've been considering starting an online book club for a few months, and what better time to...

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Book Review: Here I Am! by Pauline Holdstock

Book Review: Here I Am! by Pauline Holdstock

Some may cringe at the thought of reading a book written in the voice of a six-year-old, but once you get past the simplistic dialogue and extraneous words, the story behind the boy is a spectacular one. For those who read Room by Emma Donoghue and enjoyed it, you'll...

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Book Review: These Ghosts are Family by Maisy Card

Book Review: These Ghosts are Family by Maisy Card

When a book opens with a family tree, you can expect a few things; there will be many characters, there will be drama, and you will have to refer back to said family tree throughout the book to ground yourself in what's going on. If any of those things intimidate or...

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Book Review: Bina by Anakana Schofield

Book Review: Bina by Anakana Schofield

The last thing anyone wants to hear right now is a warning. Haven't we had enough of those? Even our traffic signs are being switched over to reminders about good hand hygiene. Although I agree this is all necessary, I've reached my limit of cautionary tales right...

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Book Review: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Book Review: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

I'm reminded of a particular quote: "This might hurt a little. Be brave." when I think of The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. That sentence appears at the beginning of Megan Gail Coles' book Small Game Hunting, but it's all too applicable to this novel as well...

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Book Review: The Empress of Idaho by Todd Babiak

Book Review: The Empress of Idaho by Todd Babiak

A staple of the Alberta book scene, Todd Babiak is a familiar name to most. In addition to his talents as a writer, he is quite simply, a very funny person. He hosted the Alberta Literary Awards a few years ago, keeping the audience laughing throughout, and believe...

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