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 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

Book Review: Halfbreed Maria Campbell

Halfbreed - Maria Campbell (McClelland & Stewart, 2019) I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Halfbreed is a memoir by Maria Campbell, the story of her life from childhood into early adulthood. Originally published in 1973 this edition was re-released in 2019 with a new introduction and some… Continue reading Book Review: Halfbreed Maria Campbell

Book Review: Prayer by Philip Yancey

Prayer - Philip Yancey (Zondervan, 2007) I’ve read several books by Philip Yancey now and I keep coming back to his work because I truly appreciate his honesty, humility, and willingness to admit what he doesn’t know. In this book Yancey tackles the subject of prayer. (Probably could have guessed that.) What is prayer? Why… Continue reading Book Review: Prayer by Philip Yancey

Book Review: Between Inca Walls by Evelyn Kohl LaTorre

Between Inca Walls - Evelyn Kohl LaTorre (She Writes Press, 2020) I received an Advance Readers Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This book is on sale now. In the early 1960s, Evelyn Kohl was 21-years-old, a sheltered young Catholic woman looking for adventure. Though she… Continue reading Book Review: Between Inca Walls by Evelyn Kohl LaTorre

Book Review: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou (Ballantine Books, 2015) This is the type of book that I'm not sure I can fairly review. Partly because it tells a story that isn't mine to judge or critique but also partly because I just really loved it. I didn't enjoy every moment -… Continue reading Book Review: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Book Review: Rebent Sinner by Ivan Coyote

Rebent Sinner - Ivan Coyote (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2019) I first heard of Ivan Coyote when they did a reading on my university campus near the beginning of my first year. Since then Coyote's is a name that seems to come up frequently in CanLit circles. Rebent Sinner fits in well with the style and… Continue reading Book Review: Rebent Sinner by Ivan Coyote

Book Review: When the Red Gates Opened – Dori Jones Yang

When the Red Gates Opened - Dori Jones Yang (She Writes Press, 2020) I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This title will be on sale September 2020. In 1982 Dori Jones Yang was an ambitious and hopeful young reporter when she… Continue reading Book Review: When the Red Gates Opened – Dori Jones Yang

Book Review: Dear Girls by Ali Wong

Dear Girls - Ali Wong (Random House, 2019) Like me, you might know Ali Wong from Netflix. She has two comedy specials - Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife - and a feature length film called Always Be My Maybe. I tried a bit of Baby Cobra and found Wong's humour too crude for my… Continue reading Book Review: Dear Girls by Ali Wong

Book Review: Know My Name by Chanel Miller

Know My Name - Chanel Miller (Viking, 2019) Like over fifteen million other people, I read Chanel Miller's victim impact statement when it was first published. Like many others, I wept as I read it. Because even though it wasn't my story, it was the story of so many women around me. A story I… Continue reading Book Review: Know My Name by Chanel Miller