Book Review: The Past is Red by Catherynne M. Valente

The Past is Red - Catherynne M. Valente (Tordotcom, 2021) I received an Uncorrected Proof of this book which will be on sale July 2021. All opinions are my own. Tetley Abednego lives in Garbagetown and she thinks it's the most beautiful place in the world. Dry land is a myth and the world as… Continue reading Book Review: The Past is Red by Catherynne M. Valente

Book Review: We Want What We Want by Alix Ohlin

We Want What We Want - Alix Ohlin (House of Anansi Press, 2021) I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Publication Date: 27 July 2021 Alix Ohlin's previous book, a novel called Dual Citizens was shortlisted for the Giller Prize but it wasn't my personal pick as I… Continue reading Book Review: We Want What We Want by Alix Ohlin

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: How to Raise a Reader by Pamela Paul & Maria Russo

How to Raise a Reader - Pamela Paul & Maria Russo (Workman Publishing, 2019) This is an easy to read and idea-filled book geared toward parents who want to install a love of reading in their children. It's not so much about how to teach your child to read as it is about how to… Continue reading Book Review: How to Raise a Reader by Pamela Paul & Maria Russo

Book Review: My Heart by Semezdin Mehmedinović

My Heart - Semezdin Mehmedinović (Catapult, 2021)  I received an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. All opinions are my own. This book is for sale now. My Heart is a gentle, contemplative read. It is like reading the journal of a man who knows he is living the second… Continue reading Book Review: My Heart by Semezdin Mehmedinović

Book Review: Satellite Love by Genki Ferguson

Satellite Love - Genki Ferguson (McClelland & Stewart, 2021) I received an Advanced Readers e-copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Satellite Love was released 2 March 2021. This is a charmingly weird book. There are four characters whose perspectives we see from at various points and one… Continue reading Book Review: Satellite Love by Genki Ferguson

Book Review: Wuhan Diary by Fang Fang

Wuhan Diary - Fang Fang (HarperVia, 2020) On January 25, 2020, the city of Wuhan went into lockdown. This was the epicentre of what would become a global pandemic. While much of the world would soon follow suit, while Wuhan was at the height of its fight against coronavirus, the rest of the world was… Continue reading Book Review: Wuhan Diary by Fang Fang

Book Review: Salt Houses by Hala Alyan

Salt Houses - Hala Alyan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017) Salt Houses is a book with a tight, compact feel, despite its many characters, locales, and timelines. It follows the lives of one family, through four generations, along with a snapshot of Middle Eastern history from 1963 to 2014. The story begins with the wedding of… Continue reading Book Review: Salt Houses by Hala Alyan

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: 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