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.

Video Review: Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill

Video Review: Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill

My Canadian readers won't be at all surprised to see I'm reviewing Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill because it won the richest literary prize in Canada back in November: the Giller Prize. I'll be honest though, I had no intention of reading it until my book club...

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Radio Segment: Books that Take Us Away

Radio Segment: Books that Take Us Away

It doesn't take much to please me these days, as you'll hear on my latest radio segment with the CBC Homestretch. I admit to wanting to take a vacation on my couch, but don't we all? An uninterrupted stretch of reading time is all I need for my 'paradise', although I...

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Book Review: Fly Me by Daniel Riley

Book Review: Fly Me by Daniel Riley

This is the perfect book to read in the dead of a Canadian winter. Fly Me by Daniel Riley is a novel that's set mostly in the beach community of Sela del Mar, California in the year 1972. Think bell bottoms, big sunglasses, surf culture and young kids unconcerned...

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Book Review: The Child by Fiona Barton

Book Review: The Child by Fiona Barton

I was hesitant to pick up this book knowing it begins with the grisly discovery of a newborn's bones, simply because I'm a) pregnant right now, therefore very emotional and b) already a mother of one child, which means I'm much more sensitive to stories that include...

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Book Review: The Shoe on the Roof by Will Ferguson

Book Review: The Shoe on the Roof by Will Ferguson

I think Will Ferguson is hilarious, in person and in writing. Full disclosure; he's a Calgarian, so I get to see him around quite a bit, which is why I know he's funny on and off and page. We're not buds or anything, but I would comfortably call us literary...

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Book Review: The Boat People by Sharon Bala

Book Review: The Boat People by Sharon Bala

I adored this book. I found it difficult to read, and when I finished each chapter I had to put it down and sigh out my emotions, but I already know this will be one of the best books I read this year, if not THE best. And yes, I'm aware this year just started. The...

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A House Dedicated to Books is the Best Kind of House

A House Dedicated to Books is the Best Kind of House

Now that I'm an 'urban mom', I'm constantly on the look-out for child-friendly spaces in downtown Calgary. Recently, I discovered a wonderful place called The Children's Reading Place, which is a beautiful little home found in the neighborhood of Inglewood, full of...

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I Went to a Cat Cafe and it was Glorious

I Went to a Cat Cafe and it was Glorious

The title of this latest post won't surprise anyone. In fact, the only surprising thing about this whole experience was that it took me so dang long to go to this cafe, even though it's only a ten minute drive from my house (the joys of urban living!). The Regal Cat...

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Video Review: Selection Day by Aravind Adiga

Video Review: Selection Day by Aravind Adiga

Everyone seemed very disappointed by the fact that my last video book review didn't have a cat in it, so I forced Pearl into this one: you're welcome! Unfortunately I wasn't a huge fan of the novel I review in this video, although I can see why this book would appeal...

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