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 Person by Alexander MacLeod

Book Review: Animal Person by Alexander MacLeod

Alexander MacLeod and his father, celebrated canlit icon Alistair MacLeod are two writers I've always felt I should read more of - this is partly due to the wonderful book reviews of Alistair's writing that can be found on the fabulous book blogs Consumed by Ink and...

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Book Review: Surviving the White Gaze by Rebecca Carroll

Book Review: Surviving the White Gaze by Rebecca Carroll

When I realized my reading last year was #sowhite, especially considering I'm reading all books published within the last few years, I've been making a concerted effort to read with diversity in mind, and it has been a rewarding experience. Surviving the White Gaze by...

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Book Review: Would I Lie to You? by Aliya Ali-Afzal

Book Review: Would I Lie to You? by Aliya Ali-Afzal

I had been reading a string of heavy books lately, and felt as though I deserved a little indulgent reading, which for me can be a cozy mystery, or a domestic thriller. I leaned into the thriller/suspense category and picked up Would I Lie To You? by Aliya Ali-Afzal,...

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Book Review: Five Little Indians by Michelle Good

Book Review: Five Little Indians by Michelle Good

I won't say my reading is influenced by awards, because it rarely is - quite often, my book choices depend on the themes I've come up with for my monthly radio segment, and the books that land on my doorstep for review. But every so often I break out of this pattern...

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Book Review: Jameela Green Ruins Everything by Zarqa Nawaz

Book Review: Jameela Green Ruins Everything by Zarqa Nawaz

When I originally received this book for review, I dismissed it thinking it was YA, which I don't normally read except under special circumstances. But after seeing it appear on more than one 'notable spring books' list, I thought I'd give it a try, knowing at the...

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Book Review: If You Hear Me by Pascale Quiviger

Book Review: If You Hear Me by Pascale Quiviger

Sometimes it feels good to just have a little cry, and you'll have to keep the therapeutic benefits of sobbing in mind if you plan on reading If You Hear Me by Pascale Quiviger, translated from the French by Lazer Lederhendler. It's a daunting read knowing it centers...

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Book Review: Vladimir by Julia May Jonas

Book Review: Vladimir by Julia May Jonas

When I saw the cover of this book I was intrigued (and mildly grossed out?), but when I read the description of it, and the promise of sex scandals with professors on campus, I thought - sounds spicy! Perfect for this time of year when everything is melting, muddy,...

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Book Review: Manikanetish by Naomi Fontaine

Book Review: Manikanetish by Naomi Fontaine

I seem to have great luck with the translated books that I read, and that success is mostly due to the careful eye of the editors at the Arachnide imprint from Canadian press House of Anansi. They regularly choose the best and the brightest when it comes to translated...

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IveReadThis Jr. Edition: The Natural World Around Them

IveReadThis Jr. Edition: The Natural World Around Them

What I loved about all these books was the ability to open up my kids' minds to something different - a different way of life, a different way of seeing things, and most importantly, a different perspective, and the gorgeous illustrations in each were just the...

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