2021 Highlights: Week 48

Let's start with this week's big news: Pearl got her first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine! We went in the pouring rain after school. The time slots were set aside for ages 5 to 11 only so the atmosphere was quiet but the staff there had prepped for kids. Some of the nurses wore fairy… Continue reading 2021 Highlights: Week 48

The Fourth Annual Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards

It's that time of year! I am once more presenting my own Annual Literary Awards. I thought this was the third year of doing so until I checked last year's posts and learned that I've been doing this since 2018. As ever, credit for the idea goes to the inimitable FictionFan who is running her… Continue reading The Fourth Annual Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards

What I Read – November 2021

Read: Nostalgia is Heartless - Sarah Lahey (She Writes Press, 2021) We Run the Tides - Vendela Vida (Ecco, 2021) I hope this finds you well - Kate Baer (Harper Perennial, 2021) Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch - Rivka Galchen (Harper Perennial, 2021) Out of the Sun - Esi Edugyan (Anansi, 2021) Obasan… Continue reading What I Read – November 2021

Book Review: Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen

Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch - Rivka Galchen (Harper Perennial, 2021) Katharina Kepler is an eccentric older widow. She lives in a small German village in the early 1600s. She is knowledgeable about herbs and natural healing and she isn't shy about letting her feelings be known. It is perhaps inevitable in this… Continue reading Book Review: Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen

Book Review: Little Pilgrim’s Progress by Helen L. Taylor

Little Pilgrim's Progress - Helen L. Taylor (Moody Publishers, 2021) Little Pilgrim's Progress is an illustrated adaptation of the classic story by John Bunyan. The famous tale tells of the journey of Christian, a man carrying a great burden, living in the city of Destruction. After meeting Evangelist, Christian begins his journey as a pilgrim… Continue reading Book Review: Little Pilgrim’s Progress by Helen L. Taylor

Book Review: I hope this finds you well by Kate Baer

I hope this finds you well - Kate Baer (Harper Perennial, 2021) I reviewed Kate Baer's first book of poetry at the beginning of this year (What Kind of Woman) and I'm pretty impressed that one year after that collection came out, she already has a new one. Like What Kind of Woman, this is… Continue reading Book Review: I hope this finds you well by Kate Baer

Book Review: Lemon by Kwon Yeo-sun

Lemon - Kwon Yeo-sun (Other Press, 2021) I received an Advance Uncorrected Proof of this book. All opinions are my own. It is available in bookstores now. Lemon is a short book, just under 150 pages, divided into eight brief sections, moving forward through time from 2002 to 2019. These sections have different narrators though… Continue reading Book Review: Lemon by Kwon Yeo-sun

Book Review: We Run the Tides by Vendela Vida

We Run the Tides - Vendela Vida (Ecco, 2021) We Run the Tides is set in San Francisco, the wealthy neighbourhood of Sea Cliff, in 1984-1985. This is San Francisco pre-tech boom, a place of wealth but also a hippy city set on the ocean, where the inhabitants have acquired their wealth in a variety… Continue reading Book Review: We Run the Tides by Vendela Vida

Book Review: Happy Hour by Marlowe Granados

Happy Hour - Marlowe Granados (Verso, 2021) I received an Advance Copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Isa and Gala are best friends, twenty-one years old, and ready for a summer of adventure when they meet in New York City. They have a place to stay, a few connections, and just a… Continue reading Book Review: Happy Hour by Marlowe Granados

Book Review: A Womb in the Shape of a Heart by Joanne Gallant

A Womb in the Shape of a Heart - Joanne Gallant (Nimbus Publishing, 2021) Like many women, Joanne Gallant expected to get pregnant easily and never questioned her own fertility. Happily married and in her late twenties, Gallant and her husband Joey eagerly planned for the family they wanted. A paediatric nurse, Gallant knew more… Continue reading Book Review: A Womb in the Shape of a Heart by Joanne Gallant