Here it is almost May and the Spring 2018 titles are upon us! While I have been able to review some of them, thanks to advance reading copies (ARCs) from the publishers, I thought I would highlight some of the best reads from the last few months.The following titles are in no particular order.
- No Fury Like That by Lisa de Nikolits
- Once Upon a Time in West Toronto by Terri Favro
- This Side of Sad by Karen Smythe
- Finishing the Road by David Cozac
- The Honey Farm by Harriet Alida Lye
- Arrow’s Flight by Joel Scott
- Quarry by Catherine Graham
- First Things First: Early and Uncollected Stories by Diane Schoemperlen
- Outside People by Mariam Pirbhai
- This Time Might Be Different by Elaine Ford
The first thing you might notice, and I have no explanation for this, is that there are more titles here from female writers vs. male. It would be interesting to know if this is reflective of the publishing industry itself, or do publishers send me more books by women authors to review? At any rate, if it wasn’t for the name on the cover,(or sometimes the subject) I likely could not identify which gender wrote the book.
I’m a big fan of historical fiction especially when it leads me to discover some event or time period I was previously unaware of. Such was the case with Amah and the Silk-Winged Pigeons by Joyce Cullity. I didn’t realize the British East India Company would seize towns (such as Lucknow in this case) abolish local rule and set up their own laws. Unthinkable, yet it happened.
As of this post, there appears to be a paucity of Atlantic Canada authors, but this should change soon. Raymond Fraser will have a new book coming out this year too which I’m looking forward to reading.
I’ll soon be posting about the best Non-Fiction I’ve read so far.
What are some of your favourite reads in 2018? Have you read any of the books on my list?