Announcing the 2019 “The Very Best!” Book Award Finalists!

the 2019 Atlantic Book Awards have been given out, it seemed like a good time to lock in my 2019 long list for the summer. Any books I am currently reading will be put on the 2020 long list (if deemed worthy, of course).  I will announce a shortlist in August. 

It was a very good year for reading, and I found myself adding book after book to the list (that’s why it’s a long list, right?).… Continue reading

New Brunswick’s Chocolate River Publishing

Riverview, New Brunswick’s Chocolate River Publishing was founded to put New Brunswick on the map (so to speak) on the national and international publishing stage. Their books for children and adults are carefully and lovingly produced to make learning about New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada fun for all. Some of their most recent titles appear above, and what follows is a brief description of each.

Miss Nackawic Meets Midlife by Collen Landry

In the dedication, Ms.… Continue reading

Books Make Great Gifts!

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. With the Big Shopping Season (aka Black Friday, Boxing Day) coming up, The Miramichi Reader has some great picks for everyone. The following books are chosen from some of the finalists (and winners) for a “The Very Best!” Book Awards over the past two years.… Continue reading

The Miramichi Reader’s “The Very Best!” Books of 2018!

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. I have also chosen to award a small gift to the “notable achievement” books in each category.

It was difficult to choose six books from this year’s shortlist.… Continue reading

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