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.

Puzzle Review: Book Nerd by Holly Maguire

Puzzle Review: Book Nerd by Holly Maguire

Perhaps I’ve unlocked some sort of new book blogger level once I’ve been sent a puzzle for review, or maybe the good folks at Thomas Allen just know I’m the type of person that wants to sit at home by myself for long periods of time, but either way, I’m excited to...

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Book Review: The It Girl by Ruth Ware

Book Review: The It Girl by Ruth Ware

When a Ruth Ware books lands on my doorstep, I get excited. I've read every single one of her books published, and really enjoyed all of them. Because she's writing in such a crowded genre, I'll recognize certain tactics of suspense, or a stretch in truth or reality...

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Book Review: The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner

Book Review: The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner

The blurb on the cover of Jennifer Weiner's latest book The Summer Place reads "The undisputed boss of the beach read" (The New York Times), and based on the drawing of a woman lazily floating around in a hot pink inflatable doughnut on the water, all signs point to...

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Book Review: Honor by Thrity Umrigar

Book Review: Honor by Thrity Umrigar

This is a story that will stay with me for quite awhile. The details, setting, and circumstances may fade from my memory, but I'll always remember the protagonist Meena - the woman who sacrificed her body for those she loved. Honor by Thrity Umrigar* is a bestselling...

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Book Review: People Change by Vivek Shraya

Book Review: People Change by Vivek Shraya

About a year ago I reviewed a work of fiction called The Subtweet by multi-disciplinary artist Vivek Shraya, and along with many other critics I really enjoyed it, so I was excited when another one of her books People Change landed on my doorstep a few months ago....

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Book Review: Cover Art by Vanessa Westermann

Book Review: Cover Art by Vanessa Westermann

A brief look at the cover of this book immediately relays the fact that it's written for me, at this exact point in the year. As my thoughts turn to summer vacation and reading on the dock (my favourite place to be), I can easily picture myself sitting in this red...

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Book Review: The Lost Chapter by Caroline Bishop

Book Review: The Lost Chapter by Caroline Bishop

Another book about books - my favourite! Although I should mention that the titular book is a plot device, rather than a major theme. But this reference certainly piqued my interest, which shot this novel to the top of an otherwise teetering pile of historical...

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Book Review: A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ni Ghriofa

Book Review: A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ni Ghriofa

In 2021, people got excited about this book; A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa was declared brilliant and unique by many book critics and bloggers alike. I had it on my shelf from an early stage as Biblioasis was kind enough to send me an ARC, but it wasn't...

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Book Review: Big Reader; essays by Susan Olding

Book Review: Big Reader; essays by Susan Olding

A book of essays about reading? Sign me up! It will come as no surprise that I loved Big Reader by Susan Olding. Each piece revolves around a particular book, a form of reading, a page in the life of being a writer, and reading experiences evolving over a lifetime....

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Book Review: Dad Bod by Cian Cruise

Book Review: Dad Bod by Cian Cruise

Before I dive into this book review, I'll offer a definition for the term 'dad bod' as not everyone will be familiar with it. According to urban dictionary, "a dad bod is a male body type that is best described as 'softly round'. It's built upon the theory that once a...

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Book Review: Reading the Water by Mark Hume

Book Review: Reading the Water by Mark Hume

Fishing and fatherhood: two subjects I cannot relate to! But as I continue my search for the perfect book for Father's Day, I can safely say that Reading the Water; Fly Fishing, Fatherhood, and Finding Strength in Nature by Mark Hume is the ideal gift for any papa in...

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