Happy Canada Day!

Like Heidi, I’m gearing up for a holiday and won’t be blogging while I’m gone.  But I couldn’t leave without sharing some new and upcoming titles that make me proud (and excited) to be a Canadian reader.

fishbowlFishbowl by Bradley Somer
Out August 2015

“Having a plan is the first step toward failure” is the personal motto of Ian… a goldfish.  Ian has jumped from his bowl (located on the 27th story of an apartment) in a bid for adventure.  On the way down he catches glimpses into the lives of the apartments other residents.

5to15 to 1 by Holly Bodger
Out Now

In dystopian India 2052, girls outnumber boys five to one.  This imbalance gives girls all the power; boys have to complete a series of challenges to qualify for a girl’s hand in marriage.  17-year old Sudasa isn’t so sure she likes that idea.

mountainThe Mountain Story by Lori Lansens
Out Now

Wolf Truly has lived for years without telling anyone exactly what happened all those years ago when he was lost in the woods with three strangers for five days.  This is that story.

Happy Canada Day, readers!


Quickpick – Sensei, by John J. Donohue

I’m excited to announce that starting today, we will feature a new column for staff book reviews in 120 words or less, aka “Quickpicks!” Here is our first:

SenseiSensei, by John J. Donohue

Combining the exotic world of Japanese martial arts with a murder investigation, Sensei is a riveting thriller that explores the links between people as they struggle for mastery, identity and a sense of belonging. John Donohue’s “Conner Burke” series is recommended reading by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and Booklist, and is also finalist of the USA Best Mystery Awards and the Benjamin Franklin Gold medal for Suspense and Fiction.  Sensei, Deshi, Tengu*, Kage and Enzan* – read one every week for a great summer of action and adventure, or like me, grab your G&T and down one in a single sitting –  yup, they are that good! — Leslie M.

*On order.

Book News Roundup — June 19, 2015


Bill Murray Leads poets across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Why book store won’t go the way of video stores.

Starz will air Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.

Jim Crace won this year’s IMPAC Dublin Award.

All of the book references in Season 3 of Orange is the New Black.

Buzzfeed tries to guess where you live based on your literary preferences. (I got New York).

George R.R. Martin is working on three new shows for HBO and Cinemax.

Happy Weekend!


New 3M Titles — June 18, 2015

Check out these new books we just added to our 3M eBook Catalogue:

SaintMazieSaint Mazie, by Jami Attenburg

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Middlesteins comes a stunning novel about a Prohibition-era bad girl turned good: Saint Mazie, Queen of the Bowery.


BookOfNumbersBook of Numbers, by Joshua Cohen

Hired by a dying tech company tycoon to ghostwrite his memoirs, failed novelist Josh Cohen learns the history of the man’s profoundly influential company before being initiated into the high-stakes truth behind the autobiography project.

ChinaRichGirlfriendChina Rich Girlfriend, by Kevin Kwan

Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret e-mails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia’s most eligible bachelor, discovers her birthfather.

HeadFullGhostsA Head Full of Ghosts, by Paul Tremblay

A chilling domestic drama that blends psychological suspense with a touch of modern horror from a new, brilliantly imaginative master.

DiversClothesThe Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty, by Vendela Vida

After being robbed of her wallet and passport while on a mysterious trip to Morocco, a woman feels a strange freedom of being stripped of her identity and soon begins pretending to be a well-known film star.

Patricia’s Summer Picks 2015

findersFinders Keepers by Stephen King

Stephen King wrote a new book?  I’m in.  In. In. In. In. In. (I may have accidentally read it already.  You’ll like it — It’s good.) Best line: “Pete lay awake for a long time that night. Not long after, he made the biggest mistake of his life.”

truthThe Truth & Other Lies by Sascha Arango

Henry Hayden is a beloved bestselling author.  It just so happens that his wife has written all of his books.  She dies and Henry’s carefully constructed persona can’t bear the scrutiny.  What is a liar to do?


missemilyMiss Emily by Nuala O’Connor*

A while back, Michael recommended I read Longbourn (a companion to Pride & Prejudice told from the servants’ point of view).  I really liked the shift in perspective and found the text richly rewarding to Austen fans.  This book has a similar appeal.  It’s the story of the friendship between Emily Dickinson and her servant, Ada.

casualtiesCasualties by Nick Holdstock*

Casualties is the story of the weeks leading up to the apocalypse in an Edinburgh neighbourhood.  Because it’s not summer until you read about the end of the world… It would pair well with Emily St. John Mandel‘s Station Eleven.

lastwordsLast Words by Michael Koryta*

Lauren Novak was killed while working a Death Row case with her lawyer husband, Markus.  Markus uses slightly less than legal tactics to attempt to solve the crime and is banished from Florida to Indiana, where he gets embroiled in an unusual murder case.  While I haven’t read much Koryta, his Those Who Wish Me Dead was one of my favourite beach reads last summer.

shapeshiftersShapeshifters by Stefan Spjut*

“A fantastic novel in every sense of the word…not only because Spjut has accomplished the masterstroke of writing convincingly about the existence of trolls and other mythical creatures in the Nordic forests, but also because all this unfolds in a language that captures the everyday reality we know so well, with such precision and exquisite style that the words seem to sparkle on the page.” – Karl Ove Knausgård

shadowshaperShadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

Hands down the book I’m most excited about this summer is a YA urban fantasy set in Brooklyn.  Tinged in folklore, it looks like it will satisfy both my zombie cravings and inner Cassandra Clare fan.



*Thanks to NetGalley and Edelweiss for keeping me in beach reads this summer.

Book News Roundup — June 12, 2015

HelloCatWho else is excited for Jurassic World?!? Before you go, check out the movie franchise’s interesting bookish history.

Books to give Dad on Father’s Day.

A new Game of Thrones (colouring) book will be released this Fall.

The weirdest book I read last year, Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer, won the 2015 Nebula Award.

Martin Sheen as Matthew Cuthbert.

Baileys Prize Winner Ali Smith on challenging the male cannon.

23 books for people with wanderlust.

Happy weekend!