Book Review: Seeking Fortune Elsewhere by Sindya Bhanoo

Seeking Fortune Elsewhere - Sindya Bhanoo (Catapult, 2022) I read an Advance Reading Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. On sale February 15, 2022. There are a variety of characters, settings, and difficulties at play in these short stories but they share more in common than they are different. Each explores an… Continue reading Book Review: Seeking Fortune Elsewhere by Sindya Bhanoo

Book Review: New From Here by Kelly Yang

New From Here - Kelly Yang (Simon & Schuster, 2022) I received an e-book Advance Reader's Copy of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. New From Here will be on sale March 1, 2022. When I read Kelly Yang's Front Desk, I… Continue reading Book Review: New From Here by Kelly Yang

Book Review: The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo

The Chosen and the Beautiful - Nghi Vo (Tordotcom, 2021) A re-telling of The Great Gatsby from the perspective of Jordan Baker. This alone, as a blurb for a book, got my attention. Then throw in a Jordan Baker who is also an Asian immigrant and I was definitely intrigued. The Chosen and the Beautiful… Continue reading Book Review: The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo

Book Review: Defenestrate by Renee Branum

I received an Advance e-copy of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Publication Date: January 25, 2022 I'm a sucker for any book that might be set in Prague so I was immediately intrigued by the title of this debut novel. To me, the word defenestrate brings to… Continue reading Book Review: Defenestrate by Renee Branum

Book Review: Bibliolepsy by Gina Apostol

Biblolepsy - Gina Apostol (Soho Press, 2022) I received an Advance Uncopyedited Edition of this book. All opinions are my own. Primi Peregrino is a younger sister, daughter of two eccentric parents who disappear from a boat one day. She is growing up in the Philippines in a time of great uncertainty and instability, under… Continue reading Book Review: Bibliolepsy by Gina Apostol

Book Review: Starling by Kirsten Cram

Starling - Kirsten Cram (Highway Six, 2021) Starling is a novel of childhood. As I finished reading it, I was trying to put my finger on what other book it brought to mind until I realized the book I was thinking about was Bridge to Terebithia. While Starling isn't exactly a kids book (though I… Continue reading Book Review: Starling by Kirsten Cram

What I Read – December 2021

Read: Ghost Forest - Pik-Shuen Fung (Strange Light, 2021) Gentlemen of the Road - Michael Chabon (Ballantine Books, 2007) The Most Wonderful Time of All Years - Darrell W. Johnson (Regent College Publishing, 2013) 26 Knots - Bindu Suresh (Invisible Publishing, 2019) People from my Neighbourhood - Hiromi Kawakami (translated from the Japanese by Ted… Continue reading What I Read – December 2021

Best Classic: The 2021 Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards

Today's category is Best Classic. Classics can be hard to define and it isn't uncommon for books to be labelled as "modern classics". Personally, I tend to think of books as classics if they are 1) widely known even by people who have never read them (ie: most people have heard of Pride and Prejudice,… Continue reading Best Classic: The 2021 Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards

Best Canadian Book: The 2021 Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards

I'm Canadian. (Surprise!) I'm also of the opinion that there are some great books coming out of Canada and from Canadian writers. Much of our media (movies, music, television) in Canada tends to be dominated by the United States but a lot of our book industry (not all) still stands as independent from our neighbours.… Continue reading Best Canadian Book: The 2021 Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards