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

Book Review: Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

Interior Chinatown - Charles Yu When it comes to a book like Interior Chinatown where the author is creating something so unique and different, I'm able to forgive a lot even when there are other weaknesses in the work. Charles Yu uses film tropes and a screenplay style on the page to tell the story… Continue reading Book Review: Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

Book Review: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (A Virtuous Reading Challenge)

A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (Bantam Books, 1989) A Tale of Two Cities was only the second book by Charles Dickens that I ever read. In the years since, I've read several more but still have always claimed A Tale as my favourite work of Dickens. Re-reading it now, probably a decade… Continue reading Book Review: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (A Virtuous Reading Challenge)

Book Review: Hao by Ye Chun

Hao - Ye Chun (Catapult, 2021) I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. It will be available for sale 7 September 7, 2021. This was such a unique short story collections. Many of these stories centre around language, particularly the Chinese language and its writing, and each story… Continue reading Book Review: Hao by Ye Chun

Book Review: Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Transcendent Kingdom - Yaa Gyasi (Bond Street Books, 2020) Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi was one of my top reads of 2020 so I went into reading Transcendent Kingdom with very high expectations. While Transcendent Kingdom has a lot in it that is beautiful and thoughtful, it does suffer by comparison to Homegoing and it was… Continue reading Book Review: Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Book Review: Made in China by Anna Qu

Made in China - Anna Qu (Catapult, 2021) I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own. It is on sale 3 August 2021. Anna Qu is a baby when her mother leaves her with her grandparents and heads to the United States. Anna's father having died… Continue reading Book Review: Made in China by Anna Qu

Book Review: The Samurai by Shusaku Endo

The Samurai - Shusaku Endo (New Directions, 2018) (translated from the Japanese by Van C. Gessel) Like Endo's other famous book, Silence, this is a slow moving and contemplative book, dealing with Christianity in 17th century Japan. Which isn't to say it's a boring book or one without much happening; it's simply a deeply thoughtful… Continue reading Book Review: The Samurai by Shusaku Endo