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: We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

Have you ever attended the reading of a book you hadn't read yet, and gotten a pre-conceived notion of what it was going to be like before you actually bought it? Or just based on the few pages the author reads to you, you think you already have a good idea of what...

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Book Review: Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes is a very dark book. It takes place in dark territories (the crumbling city of Detroit being the main setting), but it also delves into the darkest parts of people's psyches and souls. It shows the dark side of everything: from the...

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Book Review: Bark by Lorrie Moore

A woman who is so obsessed with Michael Jackson she roasts her chicken on the 'clean' setting of her oven because she's distracted by listening to his music, a man who wears a t-shirt that says "Thank you for Having Me" at a wedding, a married couple who met at a...

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Book Review: Between Clay and Dust by Musharraf Ali Farooqi

Book Review: Between Clay and Dust by Musharraf Ali Farooqi

I've had this book sitting on my shelf for a few months now, so I apologize this review is so late. It was originally published in India in 2012, and the lovely Calgary-based Freehand Books released it in the fall of 2014. If I had known that the book was so good (and...

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Book Review: A Crack in the Wall by Betty Jane Hegerat

I've always enjoyed stories about 'regular people, doing regular things'. They hold a certain fascination for me, simply because I can relate to those kinds of characters more than others, my life being pretty uneventful in general. I definitely like a good cozy...

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Books Ive Read in 2014

Well here it is again, my annual list of what i've read in the past year. You will notice I read 61 books in 2014: 4 less than I did last year. I shudder to think how little I'm going to read in 2015... For many people, reading 61 books in a year seems like a strange...

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Book Review: Bear by Marian Engel

Some may already be familiar with this book; it was first published in 1976, and at the time, it was considered very controversial, although it still won the Governor General’s award for fiction that same year. It has been re-released by Penguin/Random House Canada in...

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Book Review: The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

A beautiful, short book about getting trapped in a library; what more could a girl ask for? Books, mystery, illustrations and a small word count-it's perfect for me! Quite clearly, The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami is right up my alley. The book is gorgeous-as...

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Book Review: Abattoir Blues by Peter Robinson

Just to be clear, this is NOT a cozy mystery. There is blood and guts in this book, and even a few animal slaughterhouses thrown in for good measure, so don't pick up Abattoir Blues by Peter Robinson if you are at all squeamish.  I don't feel bad about starting off my...

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Book Review: World War Z by Max Brooks

World War Z by Max Brooks: the book about the zombies. Yes, I know it's a bit of a strange pick for me. Zombie apocalypses don't typically fit in with my literary explorations of the human soul, but I've decided to go out on a limb here and try reading a book I...

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