Author Archives: Rain City Reads

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | LAST NIGHT IN MONTREAL – EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL

  Last Night In Montreal is Emily St. John Mandel’s debut novel, but you’d never know it. From pretty much the first page, it had me completely under its spell. I went into this not really knowing what it was about. Just a vague idea that it would be your basic relationship story, but a bit better because, you know,… Read more »

BEYOND THE BOOKS | WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY 2017

  Yesterday was World Mental Health Day. I hadn’t planned to write a post for it (hence being a day late), but the more I thought about it, the more I felt like it was time to share a bit more with you all. A brief disclaimer: I’m nervous and writing this in a hurry, so if I don’t word… Read more »

TOP TEN TUESDAY | AUTUMN BOOK COVERS

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  After an uncomfortably hot summer that led to out-of-control forest fires inland and smoke that traveled here, making it hard to breathe (or see very far), it finally seems to be over. Much to my relief, as I much prefer cooler weather – the kind that makes scarves, fluffy socks, cosy blankets and copious tea appropriate. So consider this… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | THE LIE OF THE LAND – AMANDA CRAIG

  This is only the second Amanda Craig book I’ve read (the other being Hearts and Minds, which was one of my favourite books of 2014) but I already feel like I can count her among my all-time favourite authors. The Lie of the Land is, at its center, about the dissolution of a marriage in modern times. Why the… Read more »

TOP TEN TUESDAY | BOOKS WITH CHARACTERS WHO…

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  I couldn’t decide on one category of characters for this post, so I kind of cheated and picked a few. On the plus side, you get a bit more variety! …Renewed my faith in humanity        The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG – MURIEL BARBERY

  Do you ever finish reading a book, leave it for a while, and still have no idea what you thought of it? That’s this book for me. I’ve been letting it “settle” for over a month now, and I’m no closer to a succinct, concise review than I was when I closed the cover. So if you decide to… Read more »

TOP TEN TUESDAY | BOOKS ON MY AUTUMN TBR

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  I’ve been a bit out of the loop on new releases since getting back into books (I’ve been focusing on catching up with everything I’ve missed – which is, apparently, a LOT), so this post was a lot of fun. It gave me a chance to look up some most-anticipated-books-of-2017 lists, check out some other people’s lists and peruse… Read more »

MAN BOOKER PRIZE | 2017 SHORTLIST & TBR UPDATE

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  Though I got myself out of the loop in the past few weeks, one literary happening did make it onto my radar: the announcement of the Man Booker 2017 shortlist! You might remember I wrote a post about the longlist and discussed which books I was interested in reading from it. In case you are new here or need to… Read more »