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: A Small Madness by Dianne Touchell

Book Review: A Small Madness by Dianne Touchell

I don't get the chance to read a lot of Australian writers (not sure why that is...) so when I realized the book A Small Madness, which had been sitting on my shelf for almost a year, was written by an Aussie it spurred me to pick it up. It's also sort of based on a...

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Book Review: The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

Book Review: The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

I was recently discussing the trend of 'books about alternative relationships' with another bibliophile, and we both agreed that there is a real appetite for comic as well as literary explorations of this topic. I recently reviewed a book by Zoey Leigh Peterson that...

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#Twitter Advice Needed

#Twitter Advice Needed

What is a hashtag? When is the best time to post something? What does it mean when there is an @ symbol? Is my username stupid/and or cumbersome? All these questions can only mean one thing, I am now diving into the time-wasting pool that is twitter. I know, I'm only...

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What is the First Rule of Book Club?

What is the First Rule of Book Club?

Do you live in Calgary? Have you always wanted to be a part of a book club, but felt that your friends weren't ready to actually commit? Do you want to talk about books with treats readily available? Me too! That's why I've started a summertime book club in...

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In Print Book Review: Where I Live Now by Sharon Butala

In Print Book Review: Where I Live Now by Sharon Butala

I've always wanted to be a book reviewer, but when I was younger I saw this as an unattainable goal, like being a celebrity or something. I thought to myself "who cares what I think about books? Just because I read a bunch of them doesn't mean I'm in any position to...

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Book Review: Mannheim Rex by Rob Pobi

Book Review: Mannheim Rex by Rob Pobi

I was lucky enough to spend my childhood summers next to a lake; I swam in it, lay beside it, snorkeled around it, boated over top of it, and even constructed my own little wading pool on the shores of it. But when I would dive down deep to get a better look at...

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Book Review: The Inner Life of Cats by Thomas McNamee

Book Review: The Inner Life of Cats by Thomas McNamee

I'm on a roll with cat books lately, but I promise this one will the last for awhile (until another one comes across my desk, at least). The Inner Life of Cats by Thomas McNamee has a lot of similarities to The Lion in the Living Room by Abigail Tucker, but this book...

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A Year of Juxtapositions: Come to the 2017 WGA Conference!

A Year of Juxtapositions: Come to the 2017 WGA Conference!

I've spoken a few times about my role as President of the Board of Directors for The Writers' Guild of Alberta. It's a volunteer position that I feel very strongly about, and am so proud to have been a part of this board for four years now (going on five!). One of the...

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Radio Segment: Cats, Cats and More Cats

Radio Segment: Cats, Cats and More Cats

So you've probably noticed that I've been reading a lot of cat books lately. I wasn't just doing this because I REALLY LOVE CATS-I was doing this in anticipation of my cats book segment for the CBC this past week. I feel like book lovers and cat lovers are many times...

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Book Review: Class by Lucinda Rosenfeld

Book Review: Class by Lucinda Rosenfeld

I've been called a 'bleeding heart' liberal before, mainly by my husband (whom I typically don't see eye to eye with politically, although this makes for a more interesting marriage in general), so when I heard about a book that satirizes liberal hypocrisy, I knew I...

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Book Review: The Lion in the Living Room by Abigail Tucker

Book Review: The Lion in the Living Room by Abigail Tucker

Why, another book about cats? Yes please I say! I can't get enough of them, and that is why I've just recently read The Lion in the Living Room by Abigail Tucker, a non-fiction guide to the evolution of domestic cats. Tucker charts the rise of cats in our life, from...

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