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: Bedrock Faith by Eric Charles May

Bedrock Faith is the first novel from author Eric Charles May, a Chicago native that's also a journalist and teacher. He has also written a few short stories in his time, which is reflected in this book  because his writing is so precise and careful. Keeping that in...

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CBC.ca | The Homestretch | Book suggestions

CBC.ca | The Homestretch | Book suggestions. Not only do I enjoy referring to cats on a regular basis on this blog, but I also like to BROADCAST the fact that I'm a crazy cat lady as well. Click on the link above to hear that and my book picks for this holiday season....

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Book Review: Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas

Do you have Mommy or Daddy issues? Many people will answer "who doesn't?", but if you're currently receiving therapy for any f family-related problems, you should avoid this psychological thriller at all costs. Why do I begin this review with a warning? Because this...

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Book Review: Corpse Flower by Gloria Ferris

I really like the mystery genre. Regular readers of this blog will already know that, but I wanted to reiterate it in case you're new. I've had Corpse Flower  on my shelf for awhile, the lovely people at Dundurn sent it to me quite a few months ago, and I'm...

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Book Review: Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen

I just finished reading this book a few minutes ago, and raced to my computer to write a review  so I could share it with my readers (yes-both of you!) as quickly as possible. I really enjoyed Mrs. Poe, and I'm sure many will not be familiar with it, so I wanted to...

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Book Review: Are You Ready to Be Lucky? by Rosemary Nixon

Rosemary Nixon is a well-known figure in the Calgary literary scene, so I've been eager to something of hers  for awhile. Her last novel Kalila didn't appeal to me because of the heart-wrenching subject, so when a book of linked short stories labelled 'humorous' came...

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Book Review: Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie

Wowee, this is a big book full of gossip, sex, death plots, celebrity name-dropping and life or death situations. Is this the latest Janet Evanovich hot off the shelves? No, it's the 600 page memoir of the very literary Salman Rushdie . Not familiar with the name?...

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Book Review: Cataract City by Craig Davidson

What's better than reading a book you really like? Meeting the author who wrote that book and telling him in person that you really liked his book. What's better than telling an author in person that you really liked his book? Telling a group of book-lovers in person...

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Book Review: Worst. Person. Ever. by Douglas Coupland

As I begin to write this review, I'm not really sure how I actually felt about this book. As the title suggests, the main character is a bad person, someone so despicable you can only shake your head at his wretched antics, finding yourself shocked when he carries on...

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Book Review: Festival Man by Geoff Berner

You should read this-but wait, a word of warning to any who would like to read this book before you rush off to buy a copy. If you are at all squeamish,  uptight or believe being politically correct is important, you will not like this book. However, if you're like me...

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Book Review: The Circle by Dave Eggers

It's been awhile since I've devoured a 500 page book this quickly. You would have seen this coming, if I had been able to post my reading status on goodreads, but for some reason this book wasn't on it yet, and I'm too lazy to add it myself, so you'll have to take my...

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