What I Read – May 2023

Read: Life and Holiness - Thomas Merton (Herder and Herder, 1963) Stone Blind - Natalie Haynes (Harper, 2022) Picnic at Hanging Rock - Joan Lindsay (Penguin Books, 2017) Cousins - Aurora Venturini (translated from the Spanish by Kit Maude) (Soft Skull Press, 2023) When Women Were Dragons - Kelly Barnhill (Random House Audio, 2022) Life… Continue reading What I Read – May 2023

What I Read – January 2023

Read: The Marriage Portrait - Maggie O'Farrell (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2022) The End of the Affair - Graham Greene (Heinemann, 1966) The Pull of the Stars - Emma Donoghue (Harper Avenue, 2020) Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owen (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2018) Classic Crime Short Stories (Canongate Books, 2007) The Three Lives of… Continue reading What I Read – January 2023

Book Review: The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell

The Marriage Portrait - Maggie O'Farrell (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2022) Lucrezia is the youngest daughter of Medicis of Florence. Raised in luxury but strictly watched over by her mother and father, her life as a young girl in the 1550s is dictated for her from birth. Yet there is a wildness to her, something… Continue reading Book Review: The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell

Best Fiction: The Fifth Annual Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards

Hello and Welcome Back to the final installment of the Fifth Annual Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards! Undoubtedly, most of what I read is fiction so this final category is the Big One. I have my top 5 below but some other titles I greatly enjoyed reading in the past year are (in no particular… Continue reading Best Fiction: The Fifth Annual Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards

What I Read – June 2022

Read: Fleishman is in Trouble - Taffy Brodesser-Akner (Random House, 2019) Next Sunday - Nancy Beach & Samantha Beach Kiley (IV Press, 2022) An Island - Karen Jennings (Hogarth, 2022) Five Tuesdays in Winter - Lily King (Grove Press, 2021) 1,000 Coils of Fear - Olivia Wenzel (Catapult, 2022) (translated from German by Priscilla Layne)… Continue reading What I Read – June 2022

Book Review: Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

As I found when I first read Sally Rooney earlier this year, she once more in her latest novel nails human nature. How people communicate, how they react, how they act when they are alone. In Beautiful World, Where Are You, Rooney focuses on slightly older characters, right on the cusp of change that turning… Continue reading Book Review: Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

Book Review: Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal People - Sally Rooney (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2018) At this point, Sally Rooney probably needs no introduction. All three of her novels have been huge bestsellers and Normal People was turned into a mini-series. I'd sort of written her off as a young Millenial author and as an elder Millenial myself, I assumed… Continue reading Book Review: Normal People by Sally Rooney

What I Read – April 2022

READ: Women Talking - Miriam Toews (Alfred A. Knopf, 2018) The Pull of the Moon - Julie Paul (Brindle & Glass, 2014) The Books of Jacob - Olga Tokarczuk (Riverhead Books, 2022) (translated from the Polish by Jennifer Croft) Darling Girl - Liz Michalski (Dutton Books, 2022) The Further Adventures of Miss Petitfour - Anne… Continue reading What I Read – April 2022

Book Review: Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Women Talking - Miriam Toews (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2018) The dominant theme of Miriam Toews' work is the Mennonite people. Mennonites are a unique people group, a religious group that fled Russia many generations ago. Many ended up in Canada as farmers and in time have widely assimilated into modern life. Several of these… Continue reading Book Review: Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Book Review: Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun by Paul Seesequasis

Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun - Paul Seesequasis (Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2019) Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun is the culmination of Paul Seesequasis' work to collect photos of Indigenous communities across Canada. The photos are taken by a variety of photographers, some Indigenous and some not, in a variety of places and times. Most… Continue reading Book Review: Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun by Paul Seesequasis