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.

YA Book Review: Fifteen Lanes by S.J. Laidlaw

YA Book Review: Fifteen Lanes by S.J. Laidlaw

I find myself reaching for 'important' books these days. 'Important' in the sense that I know they will be difficult to read, but I feel as though I have to read them any way, because I'll gain perspective into a difficult world that more people should be aware of....

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Book Review: The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy

Book Review: The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy

Aren't human voices annoying? I feel the exact same way, which is why I am so delighted to talk about The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy, a book that includes NO HUMAN DIALOGUE whatsoever. So what does it include then? Cat dialogue of course (which sounds very similar to...

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Book Review: All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Book Review: All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda is definitely unique. And that's a real compliment for a book that's about young woman disappearing, as this is hardly a ground-breaking premise for a story. It's a classic mystery, but told backwards. We begin by learning about...

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Book Review: Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Book Review: Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

I was really surprised to discover that Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan was her first book ever published. It's beautifully written in the way that only students of creative writing can accomplish, which isn't a slight against her, it's simply an...

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Book Review: Teardown by Clea Young

Book Review: Teardown by Clea Young

So it's funny that I'm writing this review today, of all days. Mainly because I was lucky enough to meet the author of Teardown, Clea Young this week for the very first time. But I've spoken to Clea many times in the past, we've shared many laughs together, as well as...

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Radio Segment: Preview of the Giller Light Party

Radio Segment: Preview of the Giller Light Party

Obviously this post is a bit late seeing as the Giller Prize has already been awarded to Madeleine Thien. But, right before the Calgary Giller Light party I recorded this segment for the CBC, and I don't want to brag, but I did predict Thien winning. Her book wasn't...

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Book Review: The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall

Book Review: The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall

It seem as though I've been on a string of reading really good books lately, and of course this Scotiabank Giller Prize nominee was no different. The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall has alot of hype surrounding it, and I totally understand/want to perpetuate this...

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New York Times “By the Book” Tag

New York Times “By the Book” Tag

Thank you to Jolie (aka Life of a Crazy Mom) for tagging me in this. I'm just starting to feel a part of the book blogging community, and these kinds of posts really go a long way in helping me find more book bloggers to connect with! WHAT WAS THE LAST TRULY GREAT...

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Halloween Book Review: The Witches of New York by Ami McKay

Halloween Book Review: The Witches of New York by Ami McKay

Clearly I've been missing out on a well-known fact; Ami McKay is an amazing writer. Many people are already aware of this, she's a popular Canadian author, and has won lots awards for her previous books. I'm not sure why it took me this long to discover her, but I'm...

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Halloween Book Review: Waste by Andrew F. Sullivan

Halloween Book Review: Waste by Andrew F. Sullivan

The word 'waste' has a lot of connotations. Personally, I think of the word waste as a synonym for trash: something not worth keeping around. I suspect many people feel the same way I do, which is probably what Andrew F. Sullivan was assuming when he titled his latest...

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