Announcing the 2018 Shortlist for “The Very Best!” Book Awards!

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)
  • Non-Fiction
  • First Book (Fiction and Non-Fiction)

clean suds logoAlso, 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

The End of the 2018 Reading Year is Nigh!

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. There will be three categories:

  • Best Fiction (includes Short Fiction as well)
  • Best Non-Fiction
  • Best First Book (Fiction or Non-Fiction)

As for the upcoming year, I have a small stack that’s growing as the Fall 2018 releases come trickling in.… Continue reading

Three New 2018 Titles From Breakwater Books

These three new titles from Newfoundland’s Breakwater Books have something for everyone, from very young to a more mature audience.

Peter Pan Statue, Bowring Park

The Secret of Bowring Park by Christine Gordon Manley (with illustrations by Laurel Keating) is a fairytale for all ages, not just children. It concerns two sisters, Natalie and her older sister Elizabeth. They are visiting Bowring Park in St. John’s where there is a statue of Peter Pan with other creatures embedded in the base.… Continue reading

For Lovers of Literature: LiteraryBookGifts.com

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. I was pleasantly surprised by the tasteful designs of such titles as Moby Dick, Howard’s End, Sherlock Holmes, White Fang, and many more.… Continue reading

First Quarter Best Reads 2018: Non-Fiction

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.

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First Quarter Best Reads of 2018: Fiction

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.

Short Fiction

Historical Fiction

Some Observations

The first thing you might notice, and I have no explanation for this, is that there are more titles here from female writers vs.… Continue reading