Category: Book Review

Chinese Folklore, Illuminated: Janie Chang’s The Library of Legends (Review)

Over the past two years, Janie Chang has become one of my favourite authors. (If you don’t believe me, check my Goodreads page – she’s on the list!) Each of her books transports the reader somewhere magical and, in our current global climate, I’ve never needed that healthy dose of magic more. I started reading…

2019 in Books: the best and the worst

2019 has been an incredible year for books and I read some pretty amazing books and some not so amazing ones as well. I read over 165 books and I narrowed that list down to eleven of my favourites and five of my least favourites. Some of my favourite books have already been discussed but…

Backstabbing: Literally or Metaphorically? A Review of Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train – a simple everyday journey that takes a turn for the worst into a tale of drunk dialing, anger and frustration, and a woman gone missing. The novel begins with three storytellers: Rachel, Megan, and Anna. Rachel fell into hard times when her marriage with Tom failed as he left…

Fairy Tales meet the Real World in The Grimoire of Kensington Market (Review)

From the first chapter of ​The Grimoire of Kensington Market​, I knew I was going to love this book. To start, the story is based in Toronto, which is such a beautiful city; secondly, like most authors included in the Lorenzo Reading Series, the author is Canadian. I don’t generally focus on where the authors…

We all want to believe (until we stop believing): Craig Davidson’s The Saturday Night Ghost Club (Review)

Did you have an “I Want to Believe” poster on your wall? You know, the one with the blurred image of a flying saucer floating over a forest – the one that hangs in Fox Mulder’s office in the basement of the FBI in The X-Files? If so, Craig Davidson’s The Saturday Night Ghost Club…

Cli-Fi: Canadian writers tackle climate change with science fiction short stories (Review)

Anyone who prefers reading short stories or wants some light reading should try out Cli-Fi: Canadian Tales of Climate Change edited by Lorenzo Reading Series alumnus Bruce Meyer. A great thing about this book is that it is Canadian, so all the stories are based in familiar places like Toronto and Vancouver; some of the…

A Man Among the Stars: Elton John Gets Real About his Life in Me

2019 has been, without a doubt, the Year of Elton John. He has been playing sold-out shows all over the world following the kickoff of his massive farewell tour; his biopic Rocketman was released to critical acclaim over the summer; and now his tell-all memoir, Me, is flying off shelves faster than bookstores can stock…

David Sedaris Tickles Reader’s Funny Bone with Truthful Tales in Calypso (Review)

Renowned comedian David Sedaris, author of Naked (1997) and Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000), is back and better than ever in Calypso, his humorous and heartfelt memoir published in 2018. What truly sets Calypso apart from so many memoirs on the market today, be they comedic or agonizingly serious, is that his story and…

Bird Box: an International Phenomenon – but is it Good? (Feature)

Bird Box is a suspenseful, horrifying thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I was immediately captivated by the story from the very first page, and I could not resist reading this entire book in one sitting. We are introduced to Malorie, a mother of two young children, who will do whatever…

Jennifer’s Book Segment: Zombies vs. Unicorns (Review)

About the Book: It’s a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths–for good and…