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: Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

Book Review: Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

I read this book in the dead of Canadian winter; it's January, and the temperature is hovering around minus 40 (Celsius) with the windchill factored in. This is the temperature at which it literally stings to breathe in through your nose (my Canadian readers will know...

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Book Review: The Need by Helen Phillips

Book Review: The Need by Helen Phillips

As a mother of two young children, I was hesitant to pick up a book about a mother of two young children. Especially when this book is also about an intruder who breaks into the house while the mother is at home with her kids, and her husband is away on business. Have...

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Book Review: Tiny Lights for Travellers by Naomi K. Lewis

Book Review: Tiny Lights for Travellers by Naomi K. Lewis

I realize that the word 'brave' is overused when describing memoirs, but simply writing an honest account of one's life IS an act of bravery these day when a huge chunk of the population are hesitant to post a single unflattering picture of themselves on the internet....

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Book Review: The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan

Book Review: The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan

Ah yes, here we are with another domestic thriller. There seems to be a rash of books about naughty-nannies lately, yet this trend keeps going strong because it's ripe for creativity. The figure of the nanny is an easy one to exploit in fiction because it's...

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Books I’ve Read in 2019

Books I’ve Read in 2019

It's that time of year again: my humble brag of a list where I record all the books I read in the past year. Much to my surprise, I was able to read the most amount of books I've ever read, with my total coming to 104. I set my goodreads goal at 75, so I wasn't aiming...

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Ivereadthis Jr. Edition: Christmas Origin Stories

Ivereadthis Jr. Edition: Christmas Origin Stories

So my oldest is now at the point where she's started asking me logistical questions about Christmas. Questions such as; how does Santa fit through all the different-sized chimneys? How does he visit all the children in one night? Why do some kids not get gifts for...

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Ivereadthis Jr. Edition: Interactive Christmas Books

Ivereadthis Jr. Edition: Interactive Christmas Books

Do you remember The Jolly Postman books? Each page came with a built-in envelope that harboured mini surprises; little puzzles, simple board games, and tons of letters with special drawings and stories attached. This epistolary tradition continues with three new books...

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Book Review: From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle

Book Review: From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle

You know how people joke they are addicted to something? I regularly claim I'm addicted to chocolate, and those of you who know me well know this is a fairly accurate statement. I almost always have it in the house, and when I go a full day without having any of it...

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Video Book Review: Short Story Advent Calendar Re-Cap

Video Book Review: Short Story Advent Calendar Re-Cap

Some of you may be wondering where my reviews of the 2019 Short Story Advent Calendar are, because in years past, I've posted a review every single day from December 1 to December 25. Well I've smartened up because it was just too time intensive to make a youtube...

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Book Review: Chasing Painted Horses by Drew Hayden Taylor

Book Review: Chasing Painted Horses by Drew Hayden Taylor

I'm a big fan of Drew Hayden Taylor's writing. His words are funny, empathetic, and entertaining all at the same time. Every book of his I read, I'm more hopeful that Canada's indigenous population, colonizers and immigrants will one day live in harmony, a mutually...

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Ivereadthis Jr. Edition: Christmas Board (and Box!) Books

Ivereadthis Jr. Edition: Christmas Board (and Box!) Books

What do you do with your holiday books between January and November? Do they live on your bookshelf with your other kids books, or are you like me and pack them away with your decorations, ready to be discovered each year? It may seem like a strange habit to get into,...

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