Book Review: The Manningtree Witches by A.K. Blakemore

The Manningtree Witches - A. K. Blakemore (Catapult, 2021) I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. In 1643 in the small English town of Manningtree, Rebecca West is a young woman of limited resources. Fatherless, living with her mother, few prospects for the future. The bright spot in… Continue reading Book Review: The Manningtree Witches by A.K. Blakemore

Book Review: Five Little Indians by Michelle Good

Five Little Indians - Michelle Good (Harper Perennial, 2020) At the age of sixteen, Lucy ages out of the residential school that she has attended for the last ten years. Put on a boat and given a bus ticket to Vancouver, she arrives on the Downtown Eastside with no world experience and a deep history… Continue reading Book Review: Five Little Indians by Michelle Good

Book Review: Jesus and John Wayne by Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Jesus and John Wayne - Kristin Kobes Du Mez (Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2020) The word "evangelize" means, simply, to preach the gospel. To preach what Christians refer to as "the good news". This is something Christians are instructed to do, by Jesus Christ, in a Biblical passage commonly referred to as The Great Commission. (Matthew… Continue reading Book Review: Jesus and John Wayne by Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Book Review: Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Front Desk - Kelly Yang (Scholastic Inc. 2018) Mia Tang has lived in the USA for two years. She and her parents immigrated to America from China, dreaming, as so many immigrants do, of a better life, greater freedoms, better financial comfort. And like so many immigrants find, the Tangs have struggled financially in a… Continue reading Book Review: Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Book Review: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Piranesi - Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020) Whoa. This book absolutely blew me away. It was engaging, charming, creepy, and entirely readable. It pulled me into its world so thoroughly, every page feeling like it revealed secrets so that I felt drawn into the strange and wonderful world that Susanna Clarke has created here. Initially,… Continue reading Book Review: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

What I Read – September 2021

Read: Fight Night - Miriam Toews (Penguin Random House Canada, 2021) The Awakening - Kate Chopin (Duke Classics, 2012) The Manningtree Witches - A.K. Blakemore (Catapult, 2021) Piranesi - Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020) Happy Hour - Marlow Granadas (Verso, 2021) Currently Reading: In Fine Form - ed. by Kate Braid and Sandy Shreve Jesus… Continue reading What I Read – September 2021

Book Review: Fight Night by Miriam Toews

I received an Advance Readers' Copy of this book thanks to the publisher and to NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Swiv is 9-years-old. She lives with her mother, who is in her third trimester of pregnancy, and her grandmother. Swiv is writing a letter to her dad, who has recently disappeared out of their… Continue reading Book Review: Fight Night by Miriam Toews

Book Review: Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun by Paul Seesequasis

Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun - Paul Seesequasis (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2019) Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun is the culmination of Paul Seesequasis' work to collect photos of Indigenous communities across Canada. The photos are taken by a variety of photographers, some Indigenous and some not, in a variety of places and times. Most… Continue reading Book Review: Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun by Paul Seesequasis

Book Review: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller (Ecco, 2012) The story of the Trojan War has been told countless times and in countless ways. It's amazing that a tale so old and so familiar can still be compelling and yet Madeline Miller had me rushing through this novel to find out what happens. (Warning: This… Continue reading Book Review: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Book Review: What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad

I received an Advance Reader's Copy from the publisher and from NetGalley in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. What Strange Paradise ends with such a gut punch that it's almost impossible to think back over the novel without thinking of it in light of those final lines. At the same time,… Continue reading Book Review: What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad