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: Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Book Review: Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Bafflingly, Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams has been called "A black Bridget Jones" by Kirkus Reviews, which in my mind, does a huge disservice to this taut, intelligent and dark read. Although the protagonist is searching for Mr. Right, men are clearly not the...

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Book Review: Every Little Piece of Me by Amy Jones

Book Review: Every Little Piece of Me by Amy Jones

Every Little Piece of Me by Amy Jones is a book that will make you cringe. You'll cringe because of the character's actions, you'll cringe because you'll recognize the destructive behaviour they consistently engage in, you'll cringe because you'll see how your...

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Book Review: The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron

Book Review: The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron

The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron is a unique sort of book; one of the two narratives it includes is told from the perspective of a Neanderthal, someone who doesn’t have developed language capabilities or a significant matter of reference that is relatable to us...

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Book Review: Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

Book Review: Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

I've always been aware of Ernest Hemingway's 'not-so-positive' reputation. I studied him in school, and was vaguely aware he had a bunch of marriages and an obvious drinking problem, so I had always thought of his personal life as a bit dark. Reading Love and Ruin by...

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Ivereadthis Jr. Edition: Celebrating our LGTBQ Friends

Ivereadthis Jr. Edition: Celebrating our LGTBQ Friends

I love reading to my kids for various reasons, but what I'm most thankful for when it comes to picture books is the effortless way they can introduce a complicated concept that would feel strange just starting a random conversation about. Reading a book is an easy and...

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Book Review: You Belong To Me by Colin Harrison

Book Review: You Belong To Me by Colin Harrison

Two years ago I spotted the book You Belong to Me by Colin Harrison in a publisher's catalogue, and I remember being intrigued by the premise, so I requested it for review. It was compared to The Da Vinci Code, but with more of a thriller-noirish aspect to it and to...

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Book Review: There’s a Word For That by Sloane Tanen

Book Review: There’s a Word For That by Sloane Tanen

I've been on a reading streak of chick-lit/contemporary women's fiction lately (I basically use those terms interchangeably now) and I've noticed a few trends within the genre, one of them being the inclusion of a rich or celebrity-like character in every story. Not...

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Book Review: Alice & Oliver by Charles Bock

Book Review: Alice & Oliver by Charles Bock

Ok, prepare yourself; this is a heart-wrenching read. Not this review (hopefully!) but this book: Alice & Oliver by Charles Bock. I must have been feeling particularly masochistic when I read the blurb in the publisher's catalogue and requested it anyway. Alice...

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Ivereadthis Jr. Edition: Keep ‘Em Moving

Ivereadthis Jr. Edition: Keep ‘Em Moving

Here we are in the thick of summer, and in Calgary at least, some rainy days are looming ahead. What is a parent to do with these unfilled hours, rather then just pray September arrives sooner? Books are always my go-to, and I'm thankful that my 4 year-old is getting...

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Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

No doubt this book title and/or author name sounds familiar to you. I'm probably writing this review five months too late because the hype was at a deafening roar during its release in March, but I've just finished reading it and am excited to talk about it, so bear...

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