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: 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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Book Review: Reunion by Hannah Pittard

What defines chick-lit? Or as people in the biz like to call it, "contemporary women's fiction"-what does that even mean? I just finished reading Reunion by Hannah Pittard, and my first instinct was to define it as a 'heavier' kind of chick-lit, although I don't think...

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Book Review: Serpents Rising by David A. Poulsen

I just finished reading a great mystery by a great Alberta author. And by the way, he's also got another job as a rodeo announcer, when he's not writing (see video below).  David A. Poulson has written over 20 books, some for kids, some for adults, but according to...

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Defending Us Conductors by Sean Michaels

So, the Giller Prize is upon us. In just a few short days, an author's life will be changed forever. No, this is not an exaggeration, this IS a life changing prize, especially now that it is worth $100,000 (basically the equivalent of 10 years of working for most...

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