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: 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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Book Review: Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson

Book Review: Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson

I'm currently working on a project at my day job centered around Juneteenth, and much to my embarrassment, I had never even heard of this day before our American partner so kindly educated us. I've been doing a bit more research since, but I still have much to learn....

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Book Review: Bath Haus by P.J. Vernon

Book Review: Bath Haus by P.J. Vernon

At the risk of sounding cliché, Bath Haus by P.J. Vernon is a sizzling sexy read. It captures a snippet of time in the life of two men in a long-term relationship together as their various secrets are coming back to haunt them. I'm just terrible at withholding...

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Book Review: The Return of Kid Cooper by Brad Smith

Book Review: The Return of Kid Cooper by Brad Smith

I'm starting to read books in anticipation of my Father's Day CBC segment in June, which means I'm picking up novels that don't normally fit my tastes. I scan my bookshelves and look for stories that don't generally interest me, and that's how I start to put together...

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Book Review: Don’t Call it a Cult by Sarah Berman

Book Review: Don’t Call it a Cult by Sarah Berman

I may be giving you the wrong idea by calling this book a true crime. Don't Call it a Cult by Sarah Berman isn't about a murder, but it most definitely details the committing of a crime, numerous crimes, hundreds of little acts that constitute breaking the law. It...

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Book Review: Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Book Review: Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Beartown by Fredrik Backman is another book I picked up at my local library (curbside that is, apparently Calgary has the highest COVID numbers in the North America at the moment so libraries aren't open right now). I've wanted to read it for awhile since I discovered...

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Book Review: The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

Book Review: The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

I've been reading some wonderful mysteries lately, so imagine my surprise when I added yet another 5-star book to my goodreads list! The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton is the first book of his that I've ever read, but now I see why everyone loves this...

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Book Review: When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain

Book Review: When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain

Whenever I come across a successful author trying their hand at a brand new genre, I'm a bit skeptical. Why bother trying something completely new when you've figured out the successful formula to your writing; just give us what we want! But of course I'm no artist,...

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Book Review: Other People’s Children by R.J. Hoffmann

Book Review: Other People’s Children by R.J. Hoffmann

I'll admit to requesting this book because of the title alone: Other People's Children by R.J. Hoffmann seemed liked the type of catty novel that describes the judgements we make about how people raise their kids ( we all do it!). So imagine my surprise when this book...

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Book Review: Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Book Review: Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

This may be the one and only time I say this, but for once I don't resent the fact that this is an extremely long book: 600 pages! Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz is a classic whodunnit, and although the references to Agatha Christie in the blurbs are a stretch...

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Book Review: Paying the Land by Joe Sacco

Book Review: Paying the Land by Joe Sacco

It's important that as you read my review, you understand that this is my first Joe Sacco book. Of course I've heard of him, but Paying the Land is the first book of his that has really appealed to me, maybe because it's rooted in Canada and deals with Indigenous...

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Book Review: Charity by Keath Fraser

Book Review: Charity by Keath Fraser

Even though Charity by Keath Fraser is only a novella (114 pages in length), it felt more like a novel, diving into a multitude of topics; drugs, body image, parental responsibility, ageism. Summaries of a few different people's lives are included, but much of what...

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