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: The Dead Husband Project by Sarah Meehan Sirk

Book Review: The Dead Husband Project by Sarah Meehan Sirk

It’s been awhile since I’ve really LOVED a short story collection, but I can finally say that The Dead Husband Project by Sarah Meehan Sirk is definitely one of the best I’ve read in a long time. Each piece in this collection is strong and emotionally affecting, but...

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Book Review: Into the Sun by Deni Ellis Bechard

Book Review: Into the Sun by Deni Ellis Bechard

I'm really torn between my conflicting thoughts on this book. Into the Sun by Deni Ellis Bechard is extremely ambitious, it goes into many in-depth descriptions of various people's lives, starting from their childhood and ending with their deaths, all within a...

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Video Review: Bolt and Keel by Kayleen Vanderree

Video Review: Bolt and Keel by Kayleen Vanderree

So, I don't normally review 'coffee table' books but I made an exception for this one because it's a picture book of cats on outdoor adventures. Yes, you read that right, cats are in canoes, hiking mountains and perching on paddle boards in the great white north that...

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Book Review: The Last Girl by Nadia Murad

Book Review: The Last Girl by Nadia Murad

I've been reading more non-fiction lately...not for any particular reason other than publishers just seem to be churning out more these days so I'm receiving more for review. Although I read far more fiction than non-fiction, I find real-life stories stick with me for...

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Book Review: Hysteria by Elisabeth de Mariaffi

Book Review: Hysteria by Elisabeth de Mariaffi

My Canadian readers will probably be familiar with this latest can-lit thriller: Hysteria by Elisabeth de Mariaffi. It's just come out, and it's getting a hysterical amount of press (obviously I had to use that adjective somewhere in this review, but I promise I won't...

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Book Review: Let Darkness Bury the Dead by Maureen Jennings

Book Review: Let Darkness Bury the Dead by Maureen Jennings

So I've never really watched the television show Murdoch Mysteries, but of course being Canadian and a long-time devotee of the CBC I had certainly heard about it, so it's definitely on my Netflix list of 'to be watched'. Because of this, when I was given the chance...

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Book Review: Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys

Book Review: Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys

There's something about mysteries that take place on a mode of transportation that seem to get people excited. This is most likely due to the fact that when there is a murder (as there inevitably is in most mysteries), the suspect list is quite limited, making the...

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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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