Book Review: Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto

Forgiveness - Mark Sakamoto (Harper Collins Publishers, 2014) Mitsue Sakamoto was a newlywed living in Vancouver when she, along with her family and hundreds of other Japanese-Canadians, were sent east of the Rockies by the Canadian government. Seen as a threat during World War II although many of them were Canadian citizens, born in Canada,… Continue reading Book Review: Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto

Book Review: The Dogs Are Eating Them Now by Graeme Smith

The Dogs Are Eating Them Now - Graeme Smith (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2013) Graeme Smith was a journalist in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2011, writing primarily for The Globe & Mail, Canada's major national newspaper. This book is his look back at his trips to Afghanistan, his experiences, and his changing opinions. When Smith… Continue reading Book Review: The Dogs Are Eating Them Now by Graeme Smith

Book Review: On Reading Well by Karen Swallow Prior (+ a new reading challenge)

On Reading Well - Karen Swallow Prior (Brazos Press, 2018) In On Reading Well, Karen Swallow Prior examines the idea of virtue by examining twelve works of fiction, one for each virtue. The book is divided into three sections: The Cardinal Virtues (Prudence, Temperance, Justice, and Courage); The Theological Virtues (Faith, Hope, and Love); and… Continue reading Book Review: On Reading Well by Karen Swallow Prior (+ a new reading challenge)

Book Review: A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt

A History of My Brief Body - Billy-Ray Belcourt (Hamish Hamilton, 2020) It's clear from the beginning that this is not going to be a gentle book. Right away in his Preface: A Letter to Nôhkom, Belcourt says, "Nôhkom, I'm not safe. Canada is still in the business of gunning down NDNs...Despite the stories of… Continue reading Book Review: A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt

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