Book Review: The Arsonists’ City by Hala Alyan

The Arsonists' City - Hala Alyan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021) I received an Advanced Readers' Copy of this as book from the publisher and NetGalley. All opinions are my own. This book will be available for purchase March 9, 2021. A family spread out across the globe is reunited in Beirut when their patriarch declares… Continue reading Book Review: The Arsonists’ City by Hala Alyan

Book Review: What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer

What Kind of Woman: Poems - Kate Baer (Harper Perennial, 2020) Kate Baer's debut poetry collection is full of short, punchy poems. They are about women - friends, mothers, wives - and often about how women navigate a world of men. They are sometimes advice, sometimes for a friend or a daughter. My particular favourite… Continue reading Book Review: What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer

What I Read – 2020

Here's where I share my entire reading list for the year as well as a few observations. Primarily for my own interest but feel free to let me know how it compares to your reading year or if we read some (or a lot) of the same books! Some stats on my 2020 reading: Read… Continue reading What I Read – 2020

What I Read – December 2020

Read: A Book of Good Stories - edited by G. Fred McNally (The MacMillan Company of Canada, 1934) Say Nothing - Patrick Radden Keefe (Doubleday, 2019) Under Milk Wood - Dylan Thomas (J.M. Dent & Sons, 1970) Short Stories Read: (see note below) Yermolai and the Miller's Wife - Ivan Turgenev (3 stars) A Day… Continue reading What I Read – December 2020

Book Review: Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

Say Nothing - Patrick Radden Keefe (Doubleday, 2019) Patrick Radden Keefe's delve into the history of the Irish Troubles is immensely readable and formative. This isn't a topic that particularly grabs my attention and as such is one I know very little about. I can recall, as a child, hearing about Ireland or seeing snippets… Continue reading Book Review: Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

Best Fiction – The Third Annual Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards

Fiction being what I read the most of, I always feel like the Best Fiction category is the best reflection of my favourite books of the year and I would say this year is no exception. So far this year I've read 62 novels. I narrowed the least down to sixteen, then down to five,… Continue reading Best Fiction – The Third Annual Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards

Best Memoir – The Third Annual Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards

Hi there! Thanks for following along with my Third Annual Literary Awards! I'm having a lot of fun reading comments and hearing your thoughts. Today's category started out as non-fiction but when I looked over what I'd read and what I'd enjoyed, it made more sense to make the category simply Memoirs. These are books… Continue reading Best Memoir – The Third Annual Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards

Best Christian Writing – The Third Annual Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards

Hello and welcome back! Christian writing is a new category for the Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards and not one that everyone will be that interested in. It does, however, make up a not insignificant portion of my reading and it's one of the categories that I really did make an effort to continue to… Continue reading Best Christian Writing – The Third Annual Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards

Book Review: A Book of Good Stories ed. by G. Fred McNally

A Book of Good Stories - edited by G. Fred McNally (The MacMillan Company of Canada Ltd., 1934) There's a secondhand bookstore in Powell River that I like browsing through when we visit. While there this summer, I brought this book home since I always enjoy a good short story and I wanted to support… Continue reading Book Review: A Book of Good Stories ed. by G. Fred McNally

Best Young Adult Novel – The Third Annual Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards

Hello and welcome back! Today we are delving into the world of young adult literature. I'll be honest, this isn't a category I read a lot of and it isn't one I seek out. Much of what I read in young adult novels is because I'm searching for books for my nieces and nephews, so… Continue reading Best Young Adult Novel – The Third Annual Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards