Sarah Butland

Future Joys

In Write Yourself Happy the next topic is to write about something you’re looking forward to. Hard to do when everything is so chaotic and you don’t know what the new normal will look like, or when, yet but I’ll do my best. Just yesterday I thought back to a monthly smoothie date I had […]

Moments Of Joy

Moments Of Joy

In all this turmoil, recognizing and highlighting moments of joy is more important than ever. Admittedly not being myself for the last two months, if not longer, I am diving into a book title “Write Yourself Happy” and dedicating at least 15 minutes a day to do just that. That may be easier for some […]

My Secret Sister by Helen Edwards and Jenny Lee Smith

My Secret Sister by Helen Edwards and Jenny Lee Smith

My Secret Sister by Helen Edwards My rating: 4 of 5 stars Written by two woman who only discovered they were sisters late in life, this true story took me through heartbreaking moments of family abuse and fury mixed with a beautiful life we should all be lucky enough to have. Secrets were kept under […]

The Beauty of Humanity Movment by Camilla Gibb

The Beauty of Humanity Movment by Camilla Gibb

The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb My rating: 4 of 5 stars Read in celebration of I Read Canadian Day. Something about the stories Gibb tells and the way she tells them intrigues me. Not my usual book of choice, the power and intensity behind the plot and the brilliance of each character […]

The Fury by Jason Pinter

The Fury by Jason Pinter

The Fury by Jason Pinter My rating: 4 of 5 stars My first book written by Pinter and I didn’t need to read 1-3 of the Henry Parker series to understand and enjoy it thoroughly. I rated it 4 stars because I was appalled by the lack of editing – an example includes using “meet” […]

The Heist by Jason Lawson

Jason Lawson is a New Brunswick author I will always be eager to read as the only guarantee from his stories is greatness. Sometimes there is a lot of humour, other times history and sometimes, like in The Heist, fast paced adventure that had me hooked from the first scene. Sarah was waiting for the […]

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel My rating: 5 of 5 stars I hesitated giving 5 stars only because I wanted more. Not my usual genre of choice, I read this for a book club and really quite enjoyed it. The twists through time and tragedy, through a plague and before the plague, characters […]

Oakwood Island: The Awakening by Angella Cormier and Pierre C. Arsenault

While this is the sequel to Oakwood Island, it has been awhile since I read the first book and it all came flooding back. I also realized reading the first book beforehand wouldn’t be necessary to the understanding (?) of this story though it’s recommended. The mysteries of Oakwood Island go far beyond what one […]

We Will All Be Received by  Leslie Vryenhoek

We Will All Be Received by Leslie Vryenhoek

We All Will Be Received by Leslie Vryenhoek My rating: 5 of 5 stars I had no idea what to expect but, as cliche as it was, was hooked immediately. The characters were real, the setting of Newfoundland was brought to life and the story, while hopefully extreme in some cases, was overall very sweet, […]