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 – March 2022

Read: When We Lost Our Heads - Heather 'Neill (HarperCollins Publishers, 2022) Red Paint - Sasha taqwsablu LaPointe (Counterpoint, 2022) Animal Person - Aexander MacLeod (McClelland & Stewart, 2022) Heartbroke - Chelsea Bieker (Catapult, 2022) The Figgs - Ali Bryan (Freehand Books, 2018) The Annual Migration of Clouds - Premee Mohamed (ECW Press, 2021) Nicholas… Continue reading What I Read – March 2022

Quotes from Here and There…

While I have a few book reviews mulling around in my head, I thought I'd share a few quotes from things I've read lately. I don't always include a lot of quotes in my reviews but when I read and something particularly strikes me as insightful or thoughtful or beautiful, I will copy it down… Continue reading Quotes from Here and There…

What I Read – February 2022

Read: The Odyssey - Lara Williams (Zando, 2022) Circe - Madeline Miller (Little, Brown, and Company, 2018) The House in the Cerulean Sea - T.J. Klune (Tor, 2020) Jack - Marilynne Robinson (McClelland & Stewart, 2020) The Lonely Stories edited by Natalie Eve Garrett (Catapult, 2022) Did Not Finish: Lucia - Alex Pheby I picked… Continue reading What I Read – February 2022

What I Read – July 2017

Woefully lately but in the interests of keeping track (for myself because I'm sure no one has been waiting with baited breath), here is what I read in July: The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill (Harper Collins Publishers, 2017) Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo (Knopf, 2017) Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero (Blumhouse Books, 2017) Himself by Jess… Continue reading What I Read – July 2017

Book Review: The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill

I've read all of Heather O'Neill's published work and reviewed two of them here. (Daydream of Angels  and Lullabies for Little Criminals) Obviously, I enjoy her work and thankfully her latest novel didn't disappoint. If you like O'Neill's previous work, then I think you'll be pleased with The Lonely Hearts Hotel. Using Montreal once again as her setting,… Continue reading Book Review: The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill

What I Read – June 2017

This felt like kind of a strange reading month for me. I started off by reading Alexie's memoir and Verghese' back-to-back, while also working my way through Chesterton's autobiography. While I enjoyed each one, it also felt like a lot of male experiences and I was itching for some feminine perspective to balance it out.… Continue reading What I Read – June 2017

Book Review: Daydreams of Angels by Heather O’Neill

In the womb, you hear people talking and their voices sound like someone you're in love with talking in their sleep. from "Heaven" Heather O'Neill excels at creating metaphors that are both etirely unique and powerfully, strangely accurate. This skill - seen in her novels (Lullabies for Little Criminals and The Girl Who Was Saturday… Continue reading Book Review: Daydreams of Angels by Heather O’Neill

What I Read – January 2016

Daydreams of Angels - Heather O'Neill (Harper Collins, 2015) Transatlantic - Colum McCann (Harper Perennial, 2013) The Humans - Matt Haig (Harper Collins, 2013) Fifteen Dogs - André Alexis (Coach House Books, 2015) A God in Ruins - Kate Atkinson (Doubleday Canada, 2015) Thirteen Ways of Looking - Colum McCann (Harper Collins, 2015) The Company… Continue reading What I Read – January 2016