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.

CBC.ca | The Homestretch | WordFest Authors

Well I almost put my foot in my mouth here, but I stayed strong and kept the secret of the WordFest line-up! Although I no longer have to do that because you can visit the website yourself to see who's coming in October. For those of you who don't know me personally,...

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CBC.ca | The Homestretch | Calgary writers

I'm going to go ahead and say this was my favourite segment to date. Why? Because the wonderful Chris dela Torre made me feel so comfortable in front of that mic, and I got to talk about some of the fabulous people that I've had the chance to work with over the past...

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Book Review: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

There's a couple reasons I picked up this book and most of them are quite shallow. Number one: the cover is gold glitter with neon pink lettering, which obviously caught my eye. Number two: the title is hilarious, and I knew that I could get on board with this...

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CBC.ca | The Homestretch | Beach reads

Well I've got four radio appearances under my belt now. My voice  may sound a bit off on this last one, as one of the CBC peeps advised me that I was talking to closely to the mic (who knew?) so I'll make sure to keep my distance next Monday (from the mic, not the...

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Book Review: Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

If any of you follow my goodreads account, you'll already know how I feel about this book (psst-you can keep track of what I'm reading currently through my goodreads widget at the bottom of this page as well). Ok enough with the suspense-I loved it! The book's a...

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CBC.ca | The Homestretch | African women’s literature

CBC.ca | The Homestretch | African women's literature. Well I've completed my third segment on the radio, and I was feeling less sweaty than the first two times, so I'm going to take this as a good sign. I chose these two books based on the term "Afropolitan", which...

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Book Review: Death at Christy Burke’s by Anne Emery

I read my first book from Anne Emery a few years ago, it was called Barrington Street Blues, and featured Monty Collins, the lawyer/bluesman who also makes an appearance in Death at Christy Burke's, her most recent novel. Emery's latest also features Father Brennan...

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I’vereadthis on the radio: part deux

Below is the link to my second day of book reviewing on The Homestretch. Aside from a stuttering incident that I would rather forget, I felt much more prepared and confident for my segment. Who knew talking about something you were so passionate about on the radio...

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Book Review: The Devil and the Detective by John Goldbach

Coach House sent me this book a couple of weeks ago, and I was eager to dive into it as soon as I got the chance. I remember the book being pitched to me back in March, and what I recall from that conversation was the description of the quirky protagonist/detective. A...

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I’vereadthis is on the radio!

Today I spoke about Claire Mulligan's The Dark, and Andrew Pyper's The Demonologist on the radio! Every Monday throughout the summer I'll be on the air giving some advice on what should be next on your reading list. I'm hoping my frequent 'ums' will get less frequent...

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Book Review: Dance, Gladys, Dance

Cassie Stocks is the author of Dance, Gladys, Dance and the most recent recipient of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Award for Canadian Humor Writing (not many women have won this award, so it's a big deal). For this reason, I picked up the book, which I should also...

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Book Review: Children of the Jacaranda Tree

This book piqued my interest for a number of reasons, one of them being the controversy over at Canada Reads a few years ago which touched upon the same subject-the revolution and  human rights violations in Tehran. In that particular Canada Reads year, author Marina...

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