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 Incarnations by Susan Barker

This is one of the best, if not the best book I have read so far this year. Bold statement I know, but The Incarnations by Susan Barker is worth the praise. So why did I like it? There are so many reasons why, I have to put them in bullet form: It's got a bunch of...

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Book Review: Where did you Sleep Last Night by Lynn Crosbie

Okay, Lynn Crosbie scares me a bit, and not for the reasons you think. The stuff she writes is a bit strange, always has been, and yet I'm drawn to her work like a cat to an open box (see below). I discovered her back in university during my Canadian Poetry class with...

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Book Review: The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens

I read this book, and then climbed a (very small) mountain with my family. Nothing makes a survival story quite so real until you put yourself in the situation that's being described in the story you just finished! Luckily, we made it off the trail alive, unscathed,...

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Book Review: In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

So, I saw that Judy Blume had a new book coming, and of course I jumped at the chance to review it. Who wouldn't? It's Judy Freaking Blume! I didn't read the premise of the book at all, hell I didn't even look at the cover. I just said "Yes, please send it to me". And...

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Book Review: The Half Brother by Holly LeCraw

Before I started reading The Half Brother, I scanned the blurb on the inside cover, quickly assuming I was going to be embarking on a thriller. Why did I think this? I seemed to recall Holly LeCraw's last book The Swimming Pool being of that same genre, and I...

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Book Review: Time Will Say Nothing by Ramin Jahanbegloo

Conflicting emotions! This is exactly what Time Will Say Nothing brought out in me, although I will admit I wasn't sure it would bring out any emotions, because it's very philosophical. One fact about me: I actually hate philosophy; I took one course in it in first...

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Book Review: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

A spacious, well-made house with a wrap-around porch full of family and laughter. This is the idyllic setting of Anne Tyler's latest, A Spool of Blue Thread. I know I'm not the only one who has pined over a house with a huge porch and shiny swing where people...

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Book Review: Delicious Foods by James Hannaham

Delicious Foods: what a wonderful sounding title! Before I read the first page, I imagined this book would be full of tantalizing recipes and cooking stories mixed into a heart-warming tale of family drama. In reality, the story is nothing like this, but what I do...

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Book Review: Flying Time by Suzanne North

I absolutely adored this book. I wasn't sure I would, because it appeared as though it would be a war-time novel bogged down with historical details (which I don't particularly enjoy), but instead, Flying Time turned out to be a coming-of-age story that I couldn't put...

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Book Review: Welcome to the Circus by Rhonda Douglas

Short stories! What a refreshing change from the every day novel that we so typically read, and what's even better, you can pick it up and put it down without feeling guilty. So, basically, they are perfect for parents with newborns, whose moods can change between...

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