Book Review: An Island by Karen Jennings

An Island - Karen Jennings (Hogarth, 2022) I received an Advance Uncorrected Proof of this book. All opinions are my own. On Sale July 5, 2022. Samuel lives alone on a small island. He is the lighthouse keeper. When bodies wash ashore, no one cares and Samuel deals with them. He has lived on this… Continue reading Book Review: An Island by Karen Jennings

Book Review: Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Fleishman is in Trouble - Taffy Brodesser-Akner (Random House, 2019) Fleishman might be in trouble but I spent much of the novel thinking, This guy deserves it. Toby Fleishman is newly divorced and his ex-wife has disappeared. This is particularly a problem because Toby and Rachel share two young children - Hannah and Solly -… Continue reading Book Review: Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

What I Read – January 2020

Read: Pages & Co.: Tilly and the Bookwanderers - Anna James (Harper Collins, 2018) Strange Planet - Nathan Pyle (Morrow Gift, 2019) Strange Hotel - Eimear McBride (McClelland & Stewart, 2020) The Escapist - David Puretz (Global City Press, 2020) 100 Times: A Memoir of Sexism - Chavisa Woods (Seven Stories Press, 2019) Introverted Mom… Continue reading What I Read – January 2020

Book Review: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous - Ocean Vuong (Random House, 2019) What can I say about On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous that hasn't already been said? Across the board, I read rave reviews for Ocean Vuong's first novel so I was excited to take my turn in the library queue. (And somehow ended up with… Continue reading Book Review: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Book Review: Dear Girls by Ali Wong

Dear Girls - Ali Wong (Random House, 2019) Like me, you might know Ali Wong from Netflix. She has two comedy specials - Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife - and a feature length film called Always Be My Maybe. I tried a bit of Baby Cobra and found Wong's humour too crude for my… Continue reading Book Review: Dear Girls by Ali Wong

What I Read – August 2019

Read: We Went to the Woods - Caite Dolan-Leach (Random House, 2019) Black Light - Kimberly King Parsons ( Vintage Books, 2019) All the Bad Apples - Moira Fowley-Doyle (Kathy Dawson Books, 2019) As Many Nows as I Can Get - Shana Youngdahl (Dial Books, 2019) My Conversations with Canadians - Lee Maracle (BookThug, 2017)… Continue reading What I Read – August 2019

Book Review: We Went to the Woods by Caite Dolan-Leach

We Went to the Woods - Caite Dolan-Leach (Random House, 2019) Have you ever wanted to escape from the world? From your life? Have you ever been young and a bit desperate? Have you ever fallen in love with the idea of a person rather than truly the person themselves? You might sympathize with Mack… Continue reading Book Review: We Went to the Woods by Caite Dolan-Leach

Best Book Published in 2018

Hey there! Welcome to the next installment of The First Annual Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards.¬† One of the things I like about books and reading them is that there are always more. Always something new to read! Always something new and exciting being published! I used to keep a list of books I wanted… Continue reading Best Book Published in 2018

What I Read – July 2018

It's been a great month for books around here! Often the summer is a slower reading time for me but this year I've been able to read more than ever. I even managed to read two books while on holiday at the beginning of the month - something I haven't accomplished since before I had… Continue reading What I Read – July 2018

What I Read – February 2018

2018 has obviously not been a great year for book reviews thus far but I am sneaking in lots of reading time. Here's what I read in February and the quickest reviews I can manage at this moment: The Hut Builder¬†- Laurence Fearnley (Penguin Books, 2010 New Zealand novel. I likely would have abandoned this… Continue reading What I Read – February 2018