CanLit · Fiction · Horror · Mystery/Thriller

The Broken Hours by Jacqueline Baker

My rating: 5/5 stars By now my love of scary books is well-known for sure (see post Books to Scare the Sh*t Out of You) but now I’m wishing I had read The Broken Hours by Jacqueline Baker when I wrote it because it would rocket to the very top of the list!  This is not… Continue reading The Broken Hours by Jacqueline Baker

Cults · Fiction · Religious

Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley

My rating: 3/5 stars “All great journeys are made in faith.”     – Amity and Sorrow It is most certainly faith that leads a young mother, Amaranth, to steal her two daughters away from the zealously-religious, polygamist commune that has been her home for the past 20 years.  After driving for more than four straight… Continue reading Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley

Autobiography · Classics · Feminist · Fiction

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

My rating: 4/5 stars This book is one of many on my TBR that comes from a category of books that I feel obliged to read.  Widely recognized as one of the greatest pieces of literature from the 20th century, it has been touted as feminist literature almost to cliché.  Sylvia Plath’s short life has… Continue reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Fiction · Mystery/Thriller

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

My rating: 5/5 stars “Once upon a time, in a far-off land, I was kidnapped by a gang of fearless yet terrified young men with so much impossible hope beating inside their bodies it burned their very skin and strengthened their will right through their bones.  They held me captive for thirteen days.  They wanted… Continue reading An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

Fiction · Mystery/Thriller

Review: The Woman in Cabin 10

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars When I picked up this book, I was ready for a spell-binding mystery with a terrifying location (cruise ship – seriously, is there a worse place to be when a murder happens??) and a strong female lead.  I’ve been listening to Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay recently, so suffice… Continue reading Review: The Woman in Cabin 10

CanLit · Classics · Fiction

Spotlight: A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence

In the pantheon of CanLit authors, Margaret Laurence occupies a top position of honour for me.  I have traveled to her fictional Manawaka time and again, courtesy of The Diviners, so this was a familiar return to the small, quirky Prairie town. A Jest of God centers around Rachel Cameron, the undertaker’s daughter, now in… Continue reading Spotlight: A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence