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: After James by Michael Helm

Book Review: After James by Michael Helm

Well I'd like to claim that I read this book already because I knew it would be an award contender, but alas I cannot lie-I read it because I'm hosting an event with Michael Helm and his new book After James for Wordfest. As as event host I was given an advanced...

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Halloween Book Review: The Girls by Emma Cline

Halloween Book Review: The Girls by Emma Cline

Like many other book bloggers out there, I choose to pick up scary (ish) books during the month of Halloween to help me get into the spirit of things. The spooky season was a great excuse to finally read The Girls by Emma Cline, which has been staring out at me on my...

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My Hosting Gig(s) at Wordfest

My Hosting Gig(s) at Wordfest

So I had all these grand plans for fully partaking in Wordfest last week. I told them I would volunteer, host two events, and generally be anywhere and everywhere as much as my schedule would allow. My husband even offered to take some time off work so I could immerse...

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Book Review: Rise the Dark by Michael Koryta

Book Review: Rise the Dark by Michael Koryta

There is some seriously creepy stuff going on in this book. Rise the Dark by Michael Koryta is the latest in his Mark Novak series, which features a private investigator by that very name, hell bent on finding revenge for his wife's murder. It's a great premise for...

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Book Review: Mischling by Affinity Konar

Book Review: Mischling by Affinity Konar

It was a coincidence that I read this book at the same time my 92 year-old Grandfather was staying with me for the week. He was born in Ukraine and sent to a work camp in Germany during WWII when he was a teenager-he has the numbers tattooed on his hand to prove it....

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Book Review: In-Between Days by Teva Harrison

Book Review: In-Between Days by Teva Harrison

It was only a matter of time until I reviewed a book about cancer on this blog. It's such a pervasive disease; everyone knows someone else with cancer, many people have experienced it in their immediate family (myself included) and many others have gone through it...

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Radio Segment: Wordfest 2016 Preview

Radio Segment: Wordfest 2016 Preview

It's that time of year again! Thanksgiving is almost upon us, which also means Wordfest is right around the corner. Back when I worked for the festival, the falling leaves typically struck fear into my heart because it signalled the beginning of an extremely busy time...

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The Calgary Awards

The Calgary Awards

One of my Presidential duties at the Writers' Guild of Alberta includes attending very fun events to represent our organization. Last night, the Calgary Awards was a perfect example of this. The WGA partners with the city to present the W.O. Mitchell Book Prize, so we...

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New Look!

So I decided that I hated my last fishy theme. It didn't make any sense, it had nothing to do with books, and I grew to hate it over time. And I think it's important to love the look of your blog, even when you're technically challenged like I am. So I've switched to...

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Book Review: Flannery by Lisa Moore

Book Review: Flannery by Lisa Moore

Most people have heard of Lisa Moore. She's an extremely well-known Canadian writer because she's been on almost every book prize list at least once AND won Canada Reads a few years ago. She's one of those literary stars we love to boast as our own, so it's not...

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Book Review: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Book Review: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed Shonda Rhimes' Year of Yes on the radio. Yes, that Shonda Rhimes: the one who writes fabulous television shows like Scandal and Grey's Anatomy. So now that I've declared on-air to the world that I really enjoyed the book, I feel as...

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