In Canada, we say there are only two seasons: summer reading season and winter reading season! (You thought I was going to say construction season and hockey season, didn’t you?) At any time of year, and for any occasion, books make great gifts.… Continue reading
It is time to announce the winners of the 2018 “The Very Best!” Book Awards! For the first time, I have chosen to restrict the awards to three categories: Best First Book (fiction or non-fiction), Best Fiction, and Best Non-Fiction.… Continue reading
September is almost here and it is time to announce the shortlist for “The Very Best!” Book Awards. This year, to simplify things, I have narrowed down the categories to three:
- Fiction (Novel or Short Fiction)
- First Book (Fiction and Non-Fiction)
Also, this year, for the first time, I have a small, but unique, award to give each winner: a “soap book” which is a bar of handmade soap encased in a specially designed book cover!… Continue reading
It is now half-way through August and my reading year (September to the following August) is just about over. I won’t be adding any more books to the 2018 long list for a “The Very Best!” Book Awards, so the list will remain unchanged and I will be announcing the winners in mid-September.… Continue reading
I was contacted by the owner of Literary Book Gifts and was offered an exclusive discount for visitors to The Miramichi Reader of 20% off at checkout. Before agreeing to this promotion, I visited the site to see what they had to offer.… Continue reading
complement my First Quarter 2018 Best Reads: Fiction, I will now take a closer look at some non-fiction titles I’ve put on the growing 2018 longlist for the Miramichi Reader “The Very Best!” Book Award.
- Death at the Harbourview Cafe by Fred Humber
- Game Misconduct by Nathan Kalman-Lamb
- The Art and Passion of Guido Nincheri by Melanie Grondin
- The Homing Place by Rachel Bryant
- Tappan Adney and the Heritage of the St.
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.… Continue reading