Best Book Written by Someone I Know

This category came to life when I was looking over the books I read in 2018 and realized how many were written by people I knew in real life. Having done a Writing degree and worked in the book industry I've worked, learned, and been taught by some fantastic writers. I did not include writers… Continue reading Best Book Written by Someone I Know

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The First Annual Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards

That's an ambitious title. And maybe a more honest one would be The First (Maybe?) Annual Karissa Reads Books Awards of Some Books I Read This Year. But that doesn't sound so impressive. This idea is blatantly inspired by FictionFan's Annual (really) Awards that are far more organized than mine (so you should check them… Continue reading The First Annual Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards

What I Read – August 2018

READ: The Boat Who Wouldn't Float - Farley Mowat (McClelland & Stewart, 1974) Farley Mowat is a difficult author to categorize because he covers such a wide variety of topics. This book was pure fun - a bit of adventure and lots of humour. A perfect book to take along on our island camping trip at… Continue reading What I Read – August 2018

What I Read – March 2018

Read: The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday Canada, 2011) More style than substance though I enjoyed it while I was reading it. A month (or less) later, I can't remember much but it entertained me at the time. And No Birds Sang - Farley Mowat (McClelland & Stewart, 1979) Mowat is a Canadian classic and I've… Continue reading What I Read – March 2018

Book Review: A Mariner’s Guide to Self-Sabotage by Bill Gaston

My disclaimer: I know Bill Gaston in real life. He was one of my profs in university and taught one of my favourite workshops. He was a great prof and an all-round good guy. When he was a featured writer at our local Writers' Festival a couple of years ago I was asked to introduce… Continue reading Book Review: A Mariner’s Guide to Self-Sabotage by Bill Gaston

What I Read – July 2015

Ten Thousand Lovers - Edeet Ravel (Review Books, 2003) This was a well-written, interesting, and engaging read. The characters are believable and fascinating. It's easy to imagine that their lives began and continue before and after we meet them in the action of this novel. Set in Israel in the 1970s, Ten Thousand Lovers, tells… Continue reading What I Read – July 2015

Book Review – Juliet Was a Surprise by Bill Gaston

  It's hard to review a short story collection. You're not discussing and evaluating one plot, one set of characters - you're dealing with many. How do you approach that? Which do you focus on? I recently got to hear Bill Gaston talk about and read from Juliet Was a Surprise (Hamish Hamilton, 2014). He… Continue reading Book Review – Juliet Was a Surprise by Bill Gaston