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Name : Heather J.

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Fun, Interesting, Insightful

A fun, whimsical and irreverent look at the early years AD. Totally enjoyed it.

Beautiful, Insightful, Slow

Good characters.

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
Insightful, Dramatic, Interesting

A peak into a difficult history.

Informative, Optimistic, Insightful

I liked this book. A peak into a slice of life we don’t all get to see. It was hopeful.

Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful

So many intertwined lives beautifully explored. Loved this book.

Slow, Beautiful

I found then prose lovely and a good sense of place. I was not taken with the characters.

Interesting, Adventurous, Scary

Insightful, Slow, Dramatic

American War: A novel by Omar El Akkad
Informative, Dark, Addictive

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic

Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd
Interesting, Fun, Adventurous

Neat main character with a complex history. Adventurous. I liked it.

The Kite Runner (MTI) by Khaled Hosseini
Epic, Interesting, Informative

Peak into another world.

Informative, Brilliant, Beautiful

Clara Callan: A Novel by Richard B. Wright
Dark, Interesting

He, She and It by Marge Piercy

The Heart Goes Last: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
Pointless, Dark, Fun

Typically dystopian. Simple language. Twisted.

Band of Sisters: A Novel by Lauren Willig
Romantic, Optimistic, Adventurous

Inspiring heroines. Based on real accounts. Totally enjoyed this book.

Inspiring, Informative, Adventurous

Fight Like A Girl by Sheena Kamal
Difficult, Dark, Dramatic

I wouldn’t want my 14 yo daughter to read this but maybe an older teen or young adult.

State of Terror: A Novel by Louise Penny Rodham; Hillary Clinton
Informative, Adventurous, Addictive

Klara and the Sun: A novel by Kazuo Ishiguro
Slow, Interesting, Adventurous

Adventurous, Interesting, Fun

Adventurous, Dramatic

I haven’t read much of pioneering Canadians but this seemed a good entry. The author captured the majesty of the landscape and the terrible hardships suffered by those who came. I couldn’t escape my internal narrative that these would become the oppressors of the Indigenous peoples but this book only touches on the early days where settlers were helped by the Indigenous peoples and learned from them. It’s a good read and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

The Maid: A Novel by Nita Prose
Optimistic, Interesting, Fun

A quick read. A quirky protagonist and some surprising turns. Good beach read.

Dramatic, Addictive, Insightful

Unique story. Suspenseful. Twists and turns. Lots to think about.

Out of the Shadows: A Memoir by Timea Nagy, Shannon Moroney
Scary, Difficult, Informative

This memoir was difficult yet important to read. I felt it was important to bear witness to and become educated on the reality of human trafficking.

Dramatic, Addictive, Adventurous

Great characters well developed over time. A good mystery. I got a good sense of the place and how it changed over lifetimes. I really liked this book. An original.

Homestead by Rosina Lippi

Grown Ups: A Novel by Marian Keyes
Optimistic, Adventurous

The books follows the lives of an extended family tied by 3 brothers. I wanted to read to the end to see how it all turned out.

The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon
Adventurous, Graphic, Dramatic

Worth the read. Despite the list of characters at the beginning I plowed through without referencing. I think planning this as a slow read and taking time to reference would have added. Regardless I enjoyed the book and the peak into the long ago history of humankind.

The Twist of a Knife: A Novel by Anthony Horowitz

I’m not a big mystery reader. This book was OK. I didn’t figure out who dunnit till the reveal at the end.

Romantic, Optimistic, Fun

A simple story with enjoyable characters. A light read.


An original story with a slowly unwinding plot. Felt like a good YA read.

Brilliant, Fantastic, Inspiring

Full of insights. Each essay reveals a life experience that has shaped Sarah Polley. Her life path is quite extraordinary and honestly it seems a little miraculous she’s where she is today. I loved this book.

Beautiful, Insightful, Inspiring

So much to reflect on, this book should be digested slowly. It changed some things about how I exist in this world. Recommended reading for all humans.

Interesting, Beautiful, Informative

I loved travelling away to a different place and time with different customs and rituals. The language was beautiful. The story and characters interesting and loveable. I couldn’t put it down.

Insightful, Interesting, Boring

This is a thoughtful book that weaves together a story of loss and regret and hope. It is about forgiveness and understanding and familial love.

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Fun, Interesting, Insightful

The stories were fun. I got stuck wondering what was fact and what was hyperbole. My first Sedaris read.

Insightful, Adventurous, Inspiring

An easy read with an interesting premise. Provokes introspection and gives the reader an entertaining ride.

Pineapple Street: A Novel by Jenny Jackson
Pointless, Boring

Some light fluff for summer reading.

Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi
Beautiful, Dramatic, Addictive

I really enjoyed reading this tale. I felt transported to a different place visiting lives very different from my own. The characters were complex and the food imagery delicious. I didn’t want it to end.

Clockmakers Daughter by Morton Kate
Slow, Beautiful

It seemed to go on and on. At times the number of characters stared to blend and I lost the plot. So much unessential detail. Not my bag.

Beautiful, Difficult, Dramatic

An original story that gets the reader engaged in the experience of Indigenous families who have endured deep loss and separation. Lots to unpack here on white privilege, mental illness and motherhood. I enjoyed this book. Characters are well developed. Left me wanting more.

The Golden Spoon: A Novel by Jessa Maxwell
Dramatic, Adventurous

I’m not a who dunnit fan but I found this a good read. Interesting relatable characters.

Snowblind by Christopher Golden
Adventurous, Fantastic, Scary

I don’t watch or read horror but I could almost see the future movie unfolding with the authors excellent characters and prose. Totally worth a read. You probably won’t have nightmares.

Tom Lake: A Novel by Ann Patchett
Beautiful, Insightful, Slow

A winding story of a life well lived told. Beautiful imagery. Surprising moments.
Good characters.

Interesting, Insightful, Confusing

Interesting quirky characters wrapped around a Newsroom. A bit gloomy overall. The professional reviews were excellent. Perhaps some background in writing/journalism would increase enjoyment of this book.

The Beet Queen: A Novel by Louise Erdrich
Addictive, Fun, Adventurous

Well developed characters in this adventurous story that spans decades. Beautiful prose. A great read.

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