Review: Elle, by Douglas Glover

I know, I know. It’s been since August 12th. That’s pretty abysmal. It’s a combination of a tough time I had mid-August, a book that I had trouble getting through, and my procrastination when it came to writing the review. I knew it wasn’t going to be a positive one. Elle, by Douglas Glover is…

Review: Lullabies for Little Criminals, by Heather O’Neill

I was not at all surprised to find that Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill was the 2007 winner of Canada Reads. Though the cover is extremely eye-catching, it’s not the type of book I would normally pick up. I read the back and again, thought that it sounded interesting, but if it hadn’t…

#Canlit recommends genre fiction

So last week I participated in a really fascinating discussion about genre fiction led by CBC Books on Twitter. Genre fiction is a type of literature I don’t read often and it was really interesting to hear some thought provoking questions and ideas that readers had regarding the labeling of genre fiction. Among the ideas…

Review: A Complicated Kindness, by Miriam Toews

Though it may seem like this photo is a perfect depiction of what one would expect to find in a Mennonite Community, I learned that in A Complicated Kindness, this is not the case. Having said that, I’m almost disbelieving that the main character of this book, Nomi, can get away with some of the…

Afterthought

I was paging through my recently returned copy of Galore last night when I forgot about my folded pages. When I’m reading a book and I come across something that makes me smile or nod, I fold the bottom corner of the page down. Now, I know this is totally bad book etiquette, but I…

Review: Galore, by Michael Crummey

The photo here is a haunting photo I found online that I believe to be a depiction of what it was like when Judah emerges from the belly of the whale (no spoiler here – this is within the first 6 pages.) To begin, here is the “About this Book” from the publisher’s site (Random…