Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Loved this book! It is an intriguing, complex novel that relies on multiple narratives, jumping forwards and backwards in time while employing a fascinating story arc - well, several, in fact. Original and engaging, we follow the realities of a post flu epidemic world in which over 90% of the world's population were killed. Taken... Continue Reading →

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The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Depressing realism at its best! The truth of the 1920s depression in America is seen through the harrowing plight of the Joad family who are dispossessed and forcibly evicted as tenants of their family farm. Forced to move because of the drought, they are lured to California with the promise of jobs, money and therefore the... Continue Reading →

The Cardturner by Louis Sachar

This is a fast, engaging and surprisingly informative read. Having loved "Holes", I had high expectations and I wasn't disappointed. An avid bridge player ( if you are interested, check out  https://www.bridgedoctor.com), Sachar does an amazing job of interweaving the rules and passion of playing the game into an engaging and ultimately spiritual narrative. We... Continue Reading →

The Sister’s Brothers by Peter DeWitt

A grade 11 reading list choice, this original and compelling novel was recommended to me wholeheartedly by my students, so what could I do: read it, of course. Great decision. Immediately, this quasi-cowboy novel gripped me with its direct narrative style and character driven plot. Two brothers, the eponymously named "sisters" are paid killers disillusioned with... Continue Reading →

About Grace by Anthony Doerr

Having read and loved All the Light you Cannot See, I was excited to discover his first novel in a local book second hand book shop. It did not disappoint. Once started, I really couldn't put it down. I love Doerr's poetic prose; it illuminates tiny observations and sets the scene, activating every sense so the reader... Continue Reading →

Do Not Say We Have Nothing By Madeleine Thien

A front cover emblazoned with awards and nominations, this novel caught my attention in Chapters and made it on my notes list. Next step: library hold (I read way too much to actually buy the books). Wow - was it ever popular! As number 183 on the wait list, it took over three months to get... Continue Reading →

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