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: Animal by Lisa Taddeo

Book Review: Animal by Lisa Taddeo

This book begins with a suicide; an aging man, obsessed with his mistress, tracks her down in a restaurant having dinner with another married man, and shoots himself in the face. We learn this in the first paragraph of the book, told bluntly by the first-person...

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Book Review: The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

Book Review: The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

I am loving the female-centric takes on historical fiction that seem to be filling bookshelves more and more. Only recently have we begun to view our history through the female lens; what was it like to be a woman before we were considered equals to men? How did women...

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Book Review: Speak, Silence by Kim Echlin

Book Review: Speak, Silence by Kim Echlin

If you haven't read a book by Kim Echlin yet, you really should. Her latest, Speak, Silence is a beautiful yet horrific meditation on women who are testifying at a trial at the Hague against the systemic rape they experienced during the Bosnian war. The topic is...

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Book Review: Well, This is Exhausting by Sophia Benoit

Book Review: Well, This is Exhausting by Sophia Benoit

I'm finding myself drawn to collections of essays more and more as I get older. Perhaps it's because I have less time on my hands, so reading self-contained chapters is more rewarding, or maybe it's because I'm just curious about other people's perspectives, and an...

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Book Review: All I Ask by Eva Crocker

Book Review: All I Ask by Eva Crocker

I knew going into this book that it would be about being a young person. As in, the life of a 20-something with no kids, a part-time job, renting with friends kind of story. As a 30-something, I get a real kick out of reading these kind of books. Because I moved in...

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Ivereadthis Jr. Edition: Beautiful Books To Put on Display

Ivereadthis Jr. Edition: Beautiful Books To Put on Display

This past holiday season, I took advantage of all the beautiful Christmas pictures books we have and used them as decorations mixed in with our little twinkly lights and santa figurines. Although we didn't have any guests over to comment on my clever use of books...

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Book Review: Bootleg Stardust by Glenn Dixon

Book Review: Bootleg Stardust by Glenn Dixon

In a work of fiction, one of the most enjoyable experiences to read about is a protagonist striking it big, finding the perfect person, landing that killer job, or realizing one's dreams, whatever that may be. Bootleg Stardust by Glenn Dixon is a great example of what...

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Double Book Review: Two Tales of One Alberta

Double Book Review: Two Tales of One Alberta

Bookworms are especially perceptive. I may be biased of course, but for those who read as much as I do, I think we all share the ability to acknowledge the thousands of perspectives we can find in the pages of books. Unintentionally, I read two books, one after the...

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Book Review: On Time and Water by Andri Snaer Magnason

Book Review: On Time and Water by Andri Snaer Magnason

In the past few months I've reviewed a few works of climate fiction, but apparently they didn't cause me enough anxiety so I kicked it up a notch with some non-fiction about our impending climate disaster instead. On Time and Water by Andri Snaer Magnason, translated...

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