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 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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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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