Category: Review

Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis

“Fifteen Dogs” by André Alexis
Publication date: April 1, 2015
Publisher: Coach House Books
Pages: 171
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

One thing that I love about taking literature courses is being assigned readings that are also on my TBR list. Though the professor gave us a little over a week to read the book, I finished it in two days. André Alexis was able to captivate me immediately within the first few pages of his novel Fifteen DogsIt won numerous prizes such as the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2015 and was recently named the winner of the 2017 edition of Canada Reads.

The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

“The Summer that Melted Everything” by Tiffany McDaniel
Publication date: July 26, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 320
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Every so often, if you are lucky, you will be introduced to a book that will resonate with you like the timeless works of J.D. Salinger, Harper Lee and S.E. Hinton. The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel is a novel that should be assigned and studied in literature classes. Professors would praise it for its depth and sensitive subjects. Students would read it cover to cover and be forever changed by the story of Fielding Bliss and his friend Sal.

The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield

“The Darkest Dark” by Chris Hadfield
Publication date: September 10, 2016
Publisher: Tundra
Pages: 48
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Who hasn’t fallen in complete adoration of Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield when he began sharing images and videos on social media from…space? He gained popularity in 2013 by taking pictures of Earth as seen from his space station and chronicling his journey during Expedition 35. Not only is he a respectable space hero, but he’s also a talented musician and author of three books. One of them is The Darkest Dark.

Vi by Kim Thúy

Vi by Kim Thuy

“Vi” by Kim Thúy
Publication date: April 4, 2016
Publisher: Libre Expression (French edition)
Pages: 144
Rating: ♥ ♥ 1/2

When I first heard about Kim Thúy, a Vietnamese-born Canadian author, I was very excited to read her work and was proud of all the recognition she had received. To my disappointment, her debut novel “Ru” left me feeling empty as it lacked depth, and development both in her story and with her characters. You can read my review here.

Ton petit look by Carolane and Josiane Stratis

Ton petit look by Carolane and Josiane Stratis

Ton petit look by Carolane and Josiane Stratis
Publication date: October 30, 2015
Publisher: Les éditions Cardinal
Pages: 221
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

When I first gathered ideas for Books & a Coffee, my cousin introduced me to this local fashion and lifestyle blog called Ton petit look (or The Pretty Looks for its English version though not updated since July 2014). It was meant to be some sort of an inspiration as this blog created by twin sisters Carolane and Josiane Stratis, both from Montreal, is one of the most famous and subscribed to in the province of Quebec. When I heard that they were going to publish their very first book to celebrate the 5th anniversary of their blog, I was intrigued about its content but didn’t get around to reading it until a few weeks ago. In all honesty, I didn’t plan on picking up a copy simply because I don’t follow their blog religiously. However, the beautiful cover convinced me otherwise and mostly, the positive reviews from a few friends who raved about how wonderful the book was.