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: Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay

I have fond memories of my parents reading aloud Linwood Barclay's witticisms from the  Toronto Star newspaper when I was a kid, eating pancakes while they laughed at his latest opinion or humour piece. Back then, they enjoyed reading what he had to say and now I...

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Book Review: Dear Emma by Katie Heaney

Book Review: Dear Emma by Katie Heaney

Ah yes, "women's fiction". Dear Emma by Katie Heaney would most definitely fit into this genre of books, but that doesn't mean I didn't like it. Yes, I enjoy thought-provoking literature, but I also enjoy reading a book about a fluffy university girl whose biggest...

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Book Review: Purity by Jonathan Franzen

Book Review: Purity by Jonathan Franzen

So I finished the 563 pages that was Jonathan Franzen's latest tome Purity, and my mind is not changed about him. I still think he's the definition of a literary snob, but he's also a fantastic writer. Sigh, I hate being so conflicted about books; if I really like the...

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Book Review: Captive by Claudine Dumont

"The Brothers Grimm Meets Stephen King" is a quote from the French media outlet La Presse, found on the cover of Claudine Dumont's Captive. This book is another translation (side note: I seem to be reading a lot of these lately, which makes me feel much more...

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Book Review: Punishment by Linden MacIntyre

I have a bad habit of judging a book by its author. It's not fair, especially when I haven't actually read any books by that writer, but I hear other people's opinions of them, and I recall reviews I've read about their other books, so I think I know what I'm going to...

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Book Review: milk and honey by rupi kaur

Book Review: milk and honey by rupi kaur

So I don't read poetry very often, but the good folks at Simon and Schuster offered to send me this book in return for an honest review, and I had heard of Rupi Kaur before (on buzzfeed nonetheless) so I agreed to give it a go. I love being able to tell people I read...

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Book Review: The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane-Benson

Book Review: The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane-Benson

So this is a first for ivereadthis: a book review of a graphic novel! And what a perfect book to start off this trend: The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane-Benson, art by Kelly Mellings. Powerful, this book is so powerful, and very necessary. It tells the story of...

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Book Review: Sleep by Nino Ricci

Book Review: Sleep by Nino Ricci

Sleep. I'm obsessed with it since having a baby. How much am I getting? How much is my baby getting? Is it enough? Is it too much? Is it at the right times of day? When will I ever be able to sleep in again? Probably never, but a girl can dream (pun intended). So...

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Book Review: A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler

Like the title suggests, A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler (translated from the German by Charlotte Collins) is literally about a man's whole life, in only 139 pages. Apparently this book is also an international bestseller, so I had high hopes when I cracked it open....

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Book Review: This is Happy by Camilla Gibb

Being a parent is hard, that's probably a universally accepted fact by now. My theory is that it's so difficult  because it forces you to confront your personal weaknesses and shortcomings so abruptly, and all at once. Being a single parent is a challenge that I can't...

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