“Why don’t you give this one a try?” 2017-12-11T21:05:16+00:00

If someone is passionate about an author, it doesn’t really take much to get me interested after that. Someone has offered me a copy of each of these, along with a good story for why I’d like it (or, they know my predilection towards short stories and first novels).

You can follow the links to see the public responses that I’ve posted. You won’t likely see repeat entries for the same authors — if I liked them, I’ll want them to get the royalties for a proper sale the next time — but sometimes the ARC arrives before the book hits the stores anyhow.

In 2010 (1% of my total reading)
Doug Harris’ You Comma Idiot (2010)
Keith Oatley’s Therefore Choose (2010)
Laura Lippman’s What the Dead Know (2007)

In 2011 (7% of my total reading)
S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep (2011)
Vendela Vida’s The Lovers (2010)
Mary Horlock’s The Book of Lies (2011)
Michael Christie’s The Beggar’s Garden (2011)
Dan Vyleta’s The Quiet Twin (2011)

F.S. Michaels’ Monoculture (2011)
Vivienne Schiffer’s Camp Nine (2011)
Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding (2011)
Joan Leggant’s Wherever You Go (2010)
Alice Hoffman’s The Dovekeepers (2011)

Rosy Thornton’s More Than Love Letters (2007) and The Tapestry of Love (2010)
Grace Dane Mazur’s Hinges (2010)
Sylvia Nasar’s Grand Pursuit: A History of Economic Genius (2011)|
Philippa Gregory’s The Lady of the Rivers (2011)
María Dueñas’ The Time in Between (Trans. Daniel Hahn, 2011)

In 2012 (17% of my total reading)
Edem Awumey’s Dirty Feet (Trans. Lazer Lederhendler, 2011)
Baratunde Thurston’s How To Be Black (2011)
John Michael Cummings’ Ugly to Start With (2011)
Peggy Orenstein’s Cinderella Ate My Daughter (2011)
Rachel Lloyds’ Girls Like Us: A Memoir (2011)

Ian Hamilton’s The Wild Beasts of Wuhan (2012)
Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child (2012)
Grace McCleen’s The Land of Decoration (2012)
Kergan Edwards-Stout Songs for the New Depression (2011)
Katie Ward’s Girl Reading (2012)

Alex Adams’ White Horse (2012)
Ai Mi’s Under the Hawthorn Tree (2011)
Megan Mayhew Bergman’s Birds of a Lesser Paradise (2012)
Robert Hough’s Dr Brinkley’s Tower (2012)
Carrie Snyder’s The Juliet Stories (2012)

Meg Mitchell Moore’s The Arrivals (2011) and So Far Away (2012)
Harriet Lane’s Alys, Always (2012)
Patrick Somerville’s The Cradle (2009) and This Bright River (2012)
Liza Klaussmann’s Tigers in Red Weather (2012)
M.L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans (2012)

Khanh Ha’s Flesh (2012)
David Bergen’s The Age of Hope (2012)
Pasha Malla’s People Park (2012)
Vaddey Ratner’s In the Shadow of the Banyan (2012)
Marilyn Wedge’s Pills Are Not for Preschoolers (2012)

Donna B. Pincus’ Growing Up Brave (2012)
Jo Nesbø’s The Bat (1997; Trans. 2012)
Corey Redekop’s Husk (2012)
Marie-Renée Lavoie’s Mister Roger and Me (2012)
Linda Svendsen’s Sussex Drive (2012)

Alanda Greene’s Napi’s Dance (2012)
Susannah Cahalan’s Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness (2012)
Whitney Otto’s Eight Girls Taking Pictures (2012)
Lynn Crosbie’s Life is about Losing Everything (2012)
Rawi Hage’s Carnival (2012)
Ian Hamilton’s The Red Pole of Macau (2012)

Works for Younger Readers:
William Loren Katz’s Black Indians (2012; 25th Anniversary Edition)
Pamela Porter’s I’ll Be Watching (2011)
William Joyce’s The Guardians of Childhood Series
Cameron Dokey’s The World Above (2010)
Holly Black’s Modern Faerie Tales Series
Rebecca Upjohn’s The Secret of the Village Fool (2012) Illus.  Renné Benoit

In 2013 (27% of my total reading): 
Gerry Fostaty’s As You Were: The Tragedy at Valcartier (2011)
Tamara Levine’s But Hope is Longer: Navigating the Country of Breast Cancer (2012)
Teddy Wayne’s The Love Song of Jonny Valentine (2013)
Jowita Bydlowska’s Drunk Mom (2013)
Théodora Armstrong’s Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility (2013)

Jennifer Close’s The Smart One (2013)
Don Gillmor’s Mount Pleasant (2013)
Christina Schwarz’s The Edge of the Earth (2013)
Iain Reid’s The Truth about Luck (2013)
Shyam Selvadurai’s Hungry Ghosts (2013)

Second Story Press, 2013

Second Story Press, 2013

Carolyn Abraham’s The Juggler’s Children (2013)
Janet Hepburn’s Flee, Fly, Flown (2013)
Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers (2013)
Hilary Scharper’s Perdita (2013)
Sally Armstrong’s Ascent of Women (2013)

Benjamin Constable’s Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa (2013)
Linwood Barclay’s A Tap on the Window (2013)
Wayne Grady’s Emancipation Day (2013)
Mary Novik’s Muse (2013)
Nadeen Aslam’s Season of the Rainbirds (1993)

Kelley Armstrong’s Omens (2013)
Paul Headrick’s The Doctrine of Affections (2010)
Ayelet Tsabari’s The Best Place on Earth (2013)
Claire Messud’s The Woman Upstairs (2013)
Miranda Hill’s Sleeping Funny (2013)

Sahar Delijani’s The Children of the Jacaranda Tree (2013)
Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam (2013)
Michael Hingston’s The Dilettantes (2013)
Colin McAdam’s A Beautiful Truth (2013)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah (2013)

Emily Schultz’s The Blondes (2012)
Lynn Cullen’s Mrs. Poe (2013)
Ian Thornton’s The Great and Calamitous Tale of Johan Thoms (2013)
Indu Sundaresan’s The Mountain of Light (2013)
Rupert Thomson’s Secrecy (2013)

Freehand Books, 2013

Freehand Books, 2013

Claire Mulligan’s The Dark (2013)
Rosemary Nixon’s Are You Ready to Be Lucky? (2013)
Dennis Bock’s Going Home Again (2013)
Margaret Drabble’s The Pure Gold Baby (2013)
Jennifer Lovegrove’s Watch How We Walk (2013)

Stacey May Fowles’ Infidelity (2013)
Suzan Still’s Fiesta of Smoke (2013)
Michael Winter’s Minister Without Portfolio (2013)
Amanda LeDuc’s The Miracles of Ordinary Men (2013)
Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep (2013)

Jordi Punti’s Lost Luggage Trans. Jennifer Wark (2010; 2013)
Jayne Anne Phillips’ Quiet Dell (2013)
Jennifer Quist’s Love Letters of the Angels of Death (2013)
Mary-Rose MacColl’s In Falling Snow (2013)
Catherine Bush’s Accusation (2013)

Jami Attenberg’s The Middlesteins (2012)
Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda (2013)
Ania Szado’s Studio Saint-Ex (2013)
Craig Davidson’s Cataract City (2013)
Mary Swan’s My Ghosts (2013)

George Pelecanos’ The Double (2013)
Janie Chang’s Three Souls (2013)
Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch (2013)
Lene Kaaberbøl’s and Agnete Friis’ Nina Borg Mysteries: 1, 2, 3

2014 (35% of my total reading)
All Broken Things KuitenbrouwerHannah Kent’s Burial Rites (2013)
Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer’s All the Broken Things (2014)
Denise Chong’s Lives of the Family (2013)
Mary Lawson’s Road Ends (2013)
Julie Macfie and Kenneth Sobol’s Loving and Forgetting (2013)

Christene A. Browne’s Two Women (2013)
Lily Poritz Miller’s The Newcomers (2013)
Suzanne Sutherland’s When We Were Good (2013)
Brigid Pasulka’s The Sun and Other Stars (2014)
Ellenn Hopkins’ Crank Trilogy

Jonas T. Bengtsson’s Fairy Tale Trans. Charlotte Barslund (2014)
Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things (2014)
Cecil Foster’s Independence (2014)
Rebecca Mead’s My Life in Middlemarch (2014)
Ghalib Islam’s Fire in the Unnameable Country (2014)

Lissa M. Cowan’s Milk Fever (2014)
Jonathan Bennett’s The Colonial Hotel (2014)
Kim Fu’s For Today I Am a Boy (2014)
Padma Viswanathan’s The Ever After of Ashwin Rao (2014)
Susan Rieger’s The Divorce Papers (2014)

Knopf Canada, 2014

Knopf Canada, 2014

Miriam Toews’ All My Puny Sorrows (2014)
Alexi Zentner’s The Lobster Kings (2014)
Helen Oyeyemi’s Boy, Snow, Bird (2014)
Nick Cutter’s The Troop (2014)
Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (2014)

B.J. Novak’s One True Thing (2014)
Dominique Fortier’s Wonder Trans. Sheila Fischman (2010; 2014)
Dennison Smith’s The Eye of the Day (2014)
Belair and MacGillivray’s Pure Steele (2013)
Joshua Ferris’ To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (2014)

Trevor Ferguson’s The River Burns (2014)
Elise Juska’s The Blessings (2014)
Arjun Basu’s Waiting for the Man (2014)
Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half (2013)
Maria Mutch’s Know the Night (2014)

Kate Atkinson’s Life after Life (2013)
Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries (2013)
Jean Hanff Korelitz’s You Should Have Known (2014)
Carol Cassella’s Gemini (2014)
Claire Cameron’s The Bear (2014)

Steven Galloway’s The Confabulist (2014)
David Adams Richards’ Crimes Against My Brother (2014)
Sarah Ellis’ Outside In (2014)
Theresa Kishkan’s Mnemonic: A Book of Trees (2011)
Mariko Tamaki’s This One Summer (2014)

Medicine Walk WagamesePolly Dugan’s So Much a Part of You (2014)
Richard Wagamese’s Medicine Walk (2014)
Megan Abbot’s The Fever (2014)
Heather O’Neill’s The Girl Who Was Saturday Night (2014)
Mark Sakamoto’s Forgiveness (2014)

Debra Komar’s The Lynching of Peter Wheeler (2014)
Janine Alyson Young’s Hideout Hotel (2014)
Elizabeth Renzetti’s Based on a True Story (2014)
Terry Fallis’ No Relation (2014)
Krista Foss’Smoke River(2014)

Tasmeen Jamal’s Where the Air is Sweet (2014)
Shani Mootoo’s Moving Foward Sideways Like a Crab (2014)
Katja Rudolph’s Little Bastards in Springtime (2014)
Zarqa Nawaz’s Laughing all the Way to the Mosque (2014)
Gordon Henderson’s >Man in the Shadows (2014)

Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See (2014)
Audrey Magee’s The Undertaking (2014)
Mark Lavorato’s Serafim and Claire (2013)
Nadia Bozak’s El Niño (2014)
A.L. Kennedy’s All the Rage(2014)

Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing (2014)
Edan Lepucki’s California (2014)
Alice Simpson’s Ballroom (2014)
Linda Holeman’s The Devil on Her Tongue (2014)
Peter May’s The Blackhouse (2009); The Lewis Man (2012)

Jeffery Deaver’s The Skin Collector (2014)
Tom Rachman’s The Rise and Fall of Great Powers (2014)
Cristina Henriquez’s The Book of Unknown Americans (2014)
Beth Goobie’s The First Principles of Dreaming (2014)
Lynn Thomson’s Birding with Yeats (2014)

Doubleday Canada, 2014

Doubleday Canada, 2014

Hannah Pittard’s Reunion (2014)
Michael Crummey’s Sweetland (2014)
Maureen Corrigan’s So We Read On (2014)
Martha Solomon (Ed.) One Kind Word: Women Share Their Abortion Stories (2014)
Laird Hunt’s Neverhome (2014)

Kelley Armstrong’s Visions (2014)
Kim Thúy’s Mãn (2014)
Robert Galbraith’s The Silkworm (2014)
Edmund Metatawabin’s Up Ghost River (2014)
Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s Between Clay and Dust (2014)

Diane Cook’s Man V. Nature (2014)
Nick Cutter’s The Deep (2015)
Carrie Snyder’s Girl Runner (2014)
Simon Rich’s Spoiled Brats (2014)
Ellen Gilchrist’s Acts of God (2014)

Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed (2013)
Maurice Mierau’s Detachment: An Adoption Memoir (2014)
Khanh Ha’s The Demon Who Peddled Longing (2014)
Michael Winter’s Into the Blizzard (2014)
Magie Dominic’s Street Angel (2014)

Ian Weir’s Will Starling (2014)
Molly Peacock’s Alphabetique (2014)
Dionne Brand’s Love Enough (2014)
Mireille Silcoff’s Chez L’Arabe (2014)
Margaret Atwood’s Stone Mattress (2014)

Russell Wangersky WaltAlan Doyle’s Where I Belong (2014)
Russell Wangersky’s Walt (2014)
M.G. Vassanji’s And Home Was Kariakoo (2014)
Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Adult Onset (2014)
Linden MacIntyre’s Punishment (2014)

Margaret Sweatman’s Mr. Jones (2014)
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2015 (21% of my total reading)
Miranda Sherry’s Black Dog Summer (2015)
Susin Nielsen’s We Are All Made of Molecules (2015)
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer’s Off the Page (2015)
Sam Maggs’ The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy (2015)
Susan Juby’s Republic of Dirt (2015)

Mark Anthony Jarman’s Knife Party at the Hotel Europa (2015)
Tessa McWatt’s Higher Ed (2015)
Lynn Crosbie’s Where Did You Sleep Last Night? (2015)
Sharon Jennings’ Connecting Dots (2015)
Lauren B. Davis’ Against a Darkening Sky (2015)

Hollie Adams’ Things You’ve Inherited from Your Mother (2015)
Peter Nowak’s Humans 3.0: The Upgrading of the Species (2015)
Beth Powning’s A Measure of Light (2015)
Neil Smith’s Boo (2015)
Rhonda Douglas’ Welcome to the Circus (2015)

Ins Choi’s Subway Stations of the Cross (2015)
Frances Whiting’s Walking on Trampolines (2015)
Joseph Luzzi’s In a Dark Wood (2015)
Tavis Smiley and David Ritz’s My Journey with Maya (2015)
Han Kang The Vegetarian (2015)

Crozier Wrong CatSabrina Ramnanan’s Nothing Like Love (2015)
Lorna Crozier’s The Wrong Cat (2015)
Luis Alberto Urrea’s The Water Museum: Stories (2015)
David Eso and Jeanette Lynes’ Where the Nights are Twice as Long (2015)
Clifford Jackman’s The Winter Family (2015)

Hwang Sok-yong’s Princess Bari (2015)
Marina Endicott’s Close to Hugh (2015)
Sarah Hall’s The Wolf Border (2015)
Gilaine Mitchell’s The Breaking Words (2015)
Sigal Samuel’s The Mystics of Mile End (2015)

Claire Fuller’s Our Endless Numbered Days (2015)
Robert Hough’s The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan (2015)
Elena Forbes’ Jigsaw Man (2015)
John Colapinto’s Undone (2015)
James Hannaham’s Delicious Foods (2015)

Edna O’Brien’s The Love Object (2015)
Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen (2015)
Susan Doherty Hannaford’s A Secret Music (2015)
Susanna Kearsley’s A Desperate Fortune (2015)
Genevieve Graham’s Tides of Honour (2015)

Kevin Kwan’s China Rich Girlfriend (2015)
Suzanne Young’s Program, Treatment, Remedy (2013; 2014; 2015)
Judy Blume’s In the Unlikely Event (2015)
Joan Clark’s The Birthday Lunch (2015)
Jon Chan Simpson’s Chinkstar (2015)

Jocelyne Saucier’s Twenty-one Cardinals (Trans. Rhonda Mullins 2015)
Jonathan Franzen’s Purity (2015)
Kate Walbert’s The Sunken Cathedral (2015)
Libby Creelman’s Split (2015)
Margaret Atwood’s The Heart Goes Last (2015)

TwentyOneCardinals SaucierNicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything (2015)
Megs Beach’s Go Home Lake (2015)
Pauline Holdstock’s The Hunter and the Wild Girl (2015)
Alison Pick’s Between Gods (2015)
Nino Ricci’s Sleep (2015)

Claudine Dumont’s Captive (Trans. David Scott Hamilton 2015)
Perrine Leblanc’s The Lake (Trans. Lazer Lederhendler 2015)
Han Kang’s The Vegetarian (Trans. Deborah Smith 2015)
David Hull’s The Man Who Remembered the Moon (2015)
Simon Fay’s Bulk (2015)

2016 (27% of my total reading)
Jhumpa Lahiri’s In Other Words (2016)
Fiona Barton’s The Widow (2016)
Anjali Pathak’s The Indian Family Kitchen (2016)
Michelle Butler Hallett This Marlowe (2016)
John Bart’s Middenrammers (2016)

Catherine Cooper’s White Elephant (2016)
Ian Colford’s Perfect World (2016)
Péter Gárdos’ Fever at Dawn (Trans. Elizabeth Szász 2010; 2016)
Janet Ellis’ The Butcher’s Hook (2016)
Nadia Bozak’s Thirteen Shells (2016)

Lisa Moore’s Flannery (2016)
Domnica Radulescu’s Country of Red Azaleas (2016
Charlotte Rogan’s Now and Again (2016)
Jane Hamilton’s The Excellent Lombards (2016)
Tracey Barone’s Happy Family (2016)

Jessi Klein’s You’ll Grow Out of It (2016)
Clelie Avit’s I’m Still Here (Trans. Lucy Foster, 2016)
Nathalia Holt’s Rise of the Rocket Girls (2016)
Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Easy (2016)
Karen Molson’s The Company of Crows (2016)

Joni Murphy Double TeenageJoni Murphy’s Double Teenage (2016)
Jess Taylor’s Pauls (2015)
Jean Marc Ah-Sen’s Grand Menteur (2016)
Malcolm Sutton’s Job Shadowing (2016)
Stephen Thomas’ The Jokes (2016)

Adwoa Badoe’s Aluta (2016)
Jane Ozkowski’s Watching Traffic (2016)
James Laxer’s Staking Claims to a Continent (2016)
Zoe Whittall The Best Kind of People (2016)
Katherena Vermette’s The Break (2016)

Deni Ellis Béchard’s Into the Sun (2016)
Susan Philpott’s Blown Red (2015)
Susan Philpott’s Dark Territory (2016)
Sun-Mi Hwang’s The Dog Who Dared to Dream (2016)
Rhoda Rabinowitz Green’s Aspects of Nature (2016)

Lydia Perovic’s All that Sang (2016)
Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes (2014)
Stephen King’s Finders Keepers (2015)
Stephen King’s End of Watch (2016)
Valerie Mills-Milde’s After Drowning (2016)

Gianna Patriarca’s All My Fallen Angelas (2016)
Lene Kaaberboll and Agnete Friis’ The Considerate Killer (2016)
Mary Mann Hamilton’s Trials of Earth (2016)
Stuart Nadler’s The Inseparables (2016)
Eric Jamieson’s The Native Voice (2016)

Jameison Native VoiceNicola Harwood’s Flight Instructions for the Commitment Impaired (2016)
Eowyn Ivey’s To the Bright Edge of the World (2016)
Tricia Dower’s Becoming Lin (2016)
Jessi Klein’s You’ll Grow Out of It (2016)
Jay Hosking’s Three Years with the Rat (2016)

Kate Taylor’s Serial Monogamy (2016)
Ransom Riggs’ Library of Souls (2016)
Alice Mattison’s The Kite and the String (2016)
Riel Nason’s All the Things We Leave Behind (2016)
Jonathan Safran Foer’s Here I Am (2016) More here

Olive Senior’s The Pain Tree (2016)
Darren Greer’s Advocate (2016)
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s Harmless Like You (2016)
Luisgé Martín’s The Same City (Trans. Tomasz Dukanvich, 2013)
Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed (2016)

Michael Smith’s Real Food, Real Good (2016)
M.G. Vassanji’s Nostalgia (2016)
Jared Young’s Into the Current (2016)
Douglas Coupland’s Bit Rot (2016)
Steven Price’s By Gaslight (2016)

Melanie Mah’s The Sweetest One (2016)
Ami McKay’s The Witches of New York (2016)
Christie Blatchford’s Life Sentence (2016)
Emily Saso’s The Weather Inside (2016)
Tabish Khair’s Just Another Jihadi Jane (2016)

Clea Young’s Teardown (2016)
Michael Helm’s After James (2016)
Rajni Mala Khetawan’s Kalyana (2016)
Rajiv Surendra’s The Elephants in the Backyard (2016)
Julia Shaw’s The Memory Illusion (2016)

Joan Lane’s You Call This Home (2016)
Aravind Adiga’s Selection Day (2017)
Connie Willis’ Crosstalk (2016)
Zadie Smith’s Swing Time (2016)
Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures (2015)

Bakhtiyar Ali’s I Stared at the Night of the City (Trans. Kareem Abdulrahman, 2016)
Margaret Millar’s The Master at Her Zenith (2016)
Margaret Millar’s Legendary Novels of Suspense (2016)

2017 (1%  of my total reading)
Lorna Crozier’s What the Soul Doesn’t Want (2017)
Lisa McInerney’s The Glorious Heresies and The Blood Miracles (2015, 2017)
Lori McNulty’s Life on Mars (2017)
Andrea Macpherson’s What We Once Believed (2017)
Sarah Dunn’s The Arrangement (2017)

Peter Unwin’s Searching for Petronius Totem (2017)
Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017)
Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau’s Winter Child (2014; Trans. Susan Ouriou and Christelle Morelli, 2017)
Angela Lopes’ Bridge Retakes (2017)
Clem and Olivier Martini’s The Unravelling (2017)

Alison Watt’s Dazzle Patterns (2017)
Daniel Griffin’s Two Roads Home (2017)