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.

Book Review: The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Reading The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri was an experience. Whenever a book follows multiple generations of one family, it's typically called a 'saga' because it explains to the reader that many years will pass within the pages of just one novel. For some, this may seem a...

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Literary Pun Names for Cats

BuzzFeed, you have done it again!!! You've taken two of my most favourite things-books and cats-and mashed them together to create a wonderful list of literary pun names for cats. Why is this important you may ask? I counter that question with another question-how is...

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Book Review: No Relation by Terry Fallis

Continuing the pattern of reviewing 'nice guys that write great books' that I've seemed to stumble upon, I decided to write about Terry Fallis's latest book No Relation. This is Fallis's fourth book, and just as good as his previous ones, so I'm glad I picked it up....

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Book Review: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

My sincere apologies for abandoning this blog for the past three weeks,I have a good excuse for my absence though-I was away in Belize! As you will  see in the picture below, I had lots of time to catch up on my reading (9 books in total!) so I have lots of writing...

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WGA Conference: The Writing Life Panel

I just love the picture above, it's one of my favourites from the Writers Guild of Alberta Conference because it so honestly depicts how fun the event was to host. The crowd in the background of this photo were enthusiastic, supportive and asked wonderfully insightful...

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Book Review: The White House by JaQuavis Coleman

Sigh. That's how I felt reading the pages of this 120 page novella. Not quite a novel, longer than a short story, but terribly written all the same. If you haven't guessed already, I hated The White House by JaQuavis Coleman, and debated putting it down after the...

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Calgary Reads Book Sale!!!

I am forever indebted to my good friend Kayleigh for introducing me to the Calgary Reads Annual Book Sale. How did I not know about this before, and why has it taken me this long to discover it? The sight of walking into a big empty warehouse full of books and book...

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Book Review: The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh

A quick synopsis of The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh: husband and wife go on vacation, step-daughter of wife joins her parents on vacation and brings her slightly older and very attractive boyfriend with her, chemistry ensues between wife and younger man.  A saucy...

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Book Review: The Blessings by Elise Juska

Have you ever read a book that features a family that makes you think "Hey, that's kind of like my family"? I just had the pleasure of muttering that to myself as I turned the pages of this latest novel by Elise Juska. Now, The Blessings does not feature characters...

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Book Review: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Nigeria has been in the news quite a bit lately, for awful reasons, so reading a book that showed the lighter side of this controversial country was a welcome change from what I've been hearing these past few weeks. That's not to say that Americanah is a light romp...

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Book Rapport Launch!

As many of my readers know, I have a soft spot in my heart for Wordfest, mainly because I worked there for five years and 100% support their festival's mandate of bringing readers and writers together. So, not surprisingly when I received an invitation to the launch...

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