Category Archives: Canadian

95. The Party (Robyn Harding)

Robyn Harding described the Saunders as a perfect family, trying to keep up appearances and enjoy their wealthy lifestyle… until the party.  This novel describes a parents nightmare, a sweet 16 party gone bad.  Drinking, drugs and boys complicated a sleepover … Continue reading

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93. Transit (Rachel Cusk)

Transit was the 4th book from the Scotiabank Giller Prize short-list.  It is the second book in a trilogy including Outline which I reviewed recently.  I really wanted to enjoy this book but struggled to retain focus.  Every time that … Continue reading

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90. Bellevue Square (Michael Redhill)

As readers of this blog know, I am very excited about the Scotiabank Giller Prize event.  As part of my preparation for attending the Between the Pages Event  (held in Toronto November 6th), I have been reading through the short-listed … Continue reading

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Between the Pages Scotiabank Giller Prize Event

It was a fantastic evening with Rachel Cusk, Ed O’Loughlin, Michael Redhill, Eden Robinson and Michelle Williams at the Scotiabank Between the Pages Giller Prize event.  Koerner Hall was packed with book lovers, anxious to hear about the novels and … Continue reading

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87. Outline (Rachel Cusk)

In preparation to read Transit (as part of my Giller short-list reading), I chose to read Outline, the the first book of what will be a trilogy.  It is a unique book, that reads like a series of linked short stories … Continue reading

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84. I am a Truck (Michelle Winters)

As we get ready to celebrate the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner, I am reading my way through the short-list including:  Son of a Trickster (Eden Robinson, who I had the privilege to meet at a Laurier event in February), Transit … Continue reading

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83. Beneath the Wake (Ross Pennie)

Have you ever thought about what happens when people die on a cruise ship?  Would you have considered that cruise ships are equipped with morgues?  Would you think that there is the possibility of a burial at sea?  Death on … Continue reading

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81. Alias Grace (Margaret Atwood)

Alias Grace has been waiting on my bookshelf for a long time.  I am lucky to have signed copy after meeting Margaret Atwood this past November as she spoke about The Heart Goes Last.  She has been in the news … Continue reading

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78. The Spawning Grounds (Gail Anderson-Dargatz

The Spawning Grounds has been on my TBR list since meeting Gail Anderson-Dargatz in Grimsby last October.  I am not sure why I waited so long to read it and will always regret that I did not purchase a copy … Continue reading

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Cross-Canada Reading Challenge

Throughout the summer, I participated in a Cross-Canada Reading Challenge.  You might wonder what the appeal to reading books across Canada is and I can say that I picked up (and enjoyed) some books that I may not have ever … Continue reading

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