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Book Review :: A Fist Around the Heart by Heather Chisvin

Two sisters are forever impacted by the events of their childhood in Russia. The story of Anna Grieve and her fragile older sister, Esther, begins in Russia in the 1880s. The vicious persecution of Jews has come to such a… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: An Extraordinary Destiny by Shekhar Paleja

I wanted to read An Extraordinary Destiny after hearing Shekhar Paleja read in May at a Read Local BC event. I guess Paleja’s theatre background shone through, as he did accents and voices for different characters, and delivered the subtle… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

I don’t recall how I initially heard about His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae by Graeme Macrae Burnet, but it was probably when the Man Booker longlist was released in July. EarlyWord, a librarian book… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing read like a series of interconnected short stories, vignettes into the lives and struggles of these people. It was powerful, striking, and made me crave so much more.

Book Review :: Far to Go by Alison Pick

Far to Go by Alison Pick absorbed me fully—smoothly pulling me further and further into its midst. I didn’t want to stop reading and I absorbed the book in less than a week (quite the feat as it was during… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

The good news is that I didn’t cry as much reading Voyager (book three in the Outlander Series) as when I read Dragonfly in Amber. But I still fell hard for the story and the characters. Diana Gabaldon just has… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Nearly immediately after finishing Outlander, the first book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, I picked up book two, Dragonfly in Amber. [Click here for my review of Outlander] The first book had immediately drawn me in to Claire… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is the first in a historical semi-mythical series which includes war and violence, relationships, family and society, questions of morality, honour, and spirituality, love and sex, adventures, journeys, and violence. Truly, this book has everything I… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon

I’ve been meaning to read The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon since it came out last year. The Golden Mean got tons of great reviews, nominated for the 2009 CanLit triple crown (the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Captive Queen by Alison Weir

I loved The Innocent Traitor and recently finished The Lady Elizabeth, both by historian-turned-author Alison Weir. I’ve noted before that Alison Weir’s writing gets a bit slow in places, and I think it’s the historian in her that needs to… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir

I finished The Lady Elizabeth a few weeks ago and haven’t been able to muster a review. I think it’s a little bit of ambivalence; I enjoyed the book, but it lagged a bit in places. I read Innocent Traitor… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

When the first murmurings began about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society began (Literate Housewife, Hey Lady!, Diary of an Eccentric), I didn’t catch on soon enough. Then this summer, reviews began popping up all over (Savvy Verse… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

The White Queen is Philippa Gregory’s latest book and I was very excited to read it. Philippa Gregory is one of my favourite historical fiction writers and I really enjoyed her Tudor Series. The White Queen is narrated by Elizabeth… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory

This is the fourth book (chronologically) in The Tudor Series by Philippa Gregory. The Queen’s Fool is the story of a young Jewish girl during her service in the court of Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I. She and… Continue Reading →

CBC Canada Reads & The Book of Negroes :: Book Review

I was a little late on the whole Canada Reads debate due to how busy life has been these past couple of months. But fortunately CBC Radio is magnificent about having Podcasts available. I got to listen to the debates… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Boleyn Inheritance by Phillipa Gregory

I may or may not have an unhealthy fascination with the Tudor period of English history. I find reading about the life and wifes of Henry VIII quite compelling, and watching Johnathan Rhys Meyers get angry… y-uuummmy! So because I… Continue Reading →

Book Review :: The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

The Constant Princess is part of the Tudor Court series by Philippa Gregory. Although written in 2005, it is chronologically the first book in the series as it deals with Katherine of Aragon, King Henry VII’s first wife. Not much… Continue Reading →

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