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: Chasing Painted Horses by Drew Hayden Taylor

Book Review: Chasing Painted Horses by Drew Hayden Taylor

I'm a big fan of Drew Hayden Taylor's writing. His words are funny, empathetic, and entertaining all at the same time. Every book of his I read, I'm more hopeful that Canada's indigenous population, colonizers and immigrants will one day live in harmony, a mutually...

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Ivereadthis Jr. Edition: Christmas Board (and Box!) Books

Ivereadthis Jr. Edition: Christmas Board (and Box!) Books

What do you do with your holiday books between January and November? Do they live on your bookshelf with your other kids books, or are you like me and pack them away with your decorations, ready to be discovered each year? It may seem like a strange habit to get into,...

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Book Review: White Elephant by Trish Harnetiaux

Book Review: White Elephant by Trish Harnetiaux

What's better than reading a book that takes place at a Christmas party in front of your very own Christmas tree? How about if that book contains a devious murder plot too? Reading a holiday book during the holidays certainly ratchets up the tension and the dark...

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Book Review: The Reality Bubble by Ziya Tong

Book Review: The Reality Bubble by Ziya Tong

If you want to read a book that will truly horrify you, I recommend The Reality Bubble by Ziya Tong. It packs a scary punch, and not the kind of spooky Halloween-y read I typically recommend to frighten people. No, this book will terrify you because it highlights how...

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Book Review: Dual Citizens by Alix Ohlin

Book Review: Dual Citizens by Alix Ohlin

Did you watch the Giller awards on Monday night? I was glued to the television screen, strangely nervous to see who the winner of Canada's biggest book prize would be. As you no doubt realized already, Dual Citizens by Alix Ohlin did not win, but I really enjoyed it,...

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Book Review: The Innocents by Michael Crummey

Book Review: The Innocents by Michael Crummey

Let me set the scene for you: two kids live in an extremely isolated cove, their parents die, and they are forced to harvest and catch their own food as a means of survival. That's it. That's the book. And in the words of the author-who would want to read about that?...

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Book Review: Reproduction by Ian Williams

Book Review: Reproduction by Ian Williams

Reproduction by Ian Williams, winner of the 2019 Giller Prize is a quirky read. Aside from this book being PAINFULLY LONG, I enjoyed it. It plays with lots of things: format, timelines, even phrasing. That being said, I'm a reader who doesn't like freaky-deaky...

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Book Review: Agnes, Murderess by Sarah Leavitt

Book Review: Agnes, Murderess by Sarah Leavitt

So I know Halloween is over, but I'm the type of person who likes to read spooky stories all year around, especially in the winter when I'm curled up by my fireplace. Agnes, Murderess by Sarah Leavitt landed on my doorstep unexpectedly, so the good folks at Freehand...

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Book Review: The Enchanted Hour by Meghan Cox Gurdon

Book Review: The Enchanted Hour by Meghan Cox Gurdon

Now I know I'm not the only one who feels a sense of smug pleasure when reading a non-fiction book extolling the positives of a habit you already practice. Doesn't it feel good to read a news article talking about how coffee is good for you, when you drink it...

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Ivereadthis Jr. Edition: Halloween Treats and One Trick

Ivereadthis Jr. Edition: Halloween Treats and One Trick

Holiday picture books are my absolute favourite way to get in the 'mood' for something. Even though we read them all year around, they seem to radiate an important aura as the relevant date approaches, getting both myself and my kids event more excited for what's to...

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