Book Review: Haven by Emma Donoghue

After enjoying The Pull of the Stars so much recently, I decided to read Emma Donoghue's most recent book. While also set in Ireland, Haven reminded me more of The Wonder in the way Donoghue explores questions of faith and Irish Catholocism in particular. Artt is a well-known and highly respected monk when he arrives… Continue reading Book Review: Haven by Emma Donoghue

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

What I Read – January 2019

Read: Article 353 - Tanguy Viel (translated by William Rodarmor) (Other Press, 2019) Great Stories - Arthur Conan Doyle (John Murray, 1959) Mr. Palomar - Italo Calvino (translated by William Weaver) (Harvest Book, 1985) Educated - Tara Westover (Harper Collins, 2018) In Our Mad and Furious City - Guy Gunaratne (MCD x FSG Originals, 2018) Radiant Shimmering Light… Continue reading What I Read – January 2019

Book Review: Radiant Shimmering Light by Sarah Selecky

Radiant Shimmering Light - Sarah Selecky (Harper Avenue, 2018) My first reaction to Lilian Quick, the narrator and protagonist of Radiant Shimmering Light, was that I did not like her. I came close to setting the book aside and returning it to the library unfinished but decided there was potential for her to change and so kept… Continue reading Book Review: Radiant Shimmering Light by Sarah Selecky

What I Read – November 2016

Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel (Harper Avenue, 2014) At the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness - Andrew Peterson (Water Brook Press, 2008) Swimming Lessons - Claire Fuller (House of Anansi Press, 2017) Prayer - Timothy Keller (Dutton, 2014) I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith (Red Fox, 2001) A Grief Observed… Continue reading What I Read – November 2016

Book Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

This post-apocalytic story has several unique features that make it stand out from the usual fare in this increasingly popular genre. The apocalypse here is brought about by the Georgian Flu, a virus with an insanely quick incubation period and a fatality rate of approximately 99%. The novel follows three intersecting stories and timelines: Before,… Continue reading Book Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Book Review: The Nest by Maria by Cynthia d’Aprix Sweeney

The Nest seems to have been one of the more hyped books of Spring/Summer 2016 and so it's disappointing that, in the end, it was only kind of mediocre. It's an easy read - something to pick up on a long weekend or a couple of days at the beach - but there's no real… Continue reading Book Review: The Nest by Maria by Cynthia d’Aprix Sweeney

What I Read – August 2016

The Nest - Cynthia D'Aprix-Sweeney (Harper Avenue, 2016) The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt (Back Bay Books, 2013) Today Will Be Different - Maria Semple (Little Brown, 2016) Currently Reading: Rumours of Another World - Philip Yancey The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah