Book Reviews

High quality book reviews for those who are researching a book for a report, participating in a book club discussion or just curious.

See also: For Bookclubs, We Recommend and Literature.

Library Databases

Canadian Newsstand

This full text database includes the complete available electronic backfile for most major Canadian newspapers, including The Vancouver Sun, The Province and The Globe & Mail, as well as local papers such as the The North Shore News.

Literature Criticism Online

A gold mine of reviews and criticism of novels, plays, poetry and other works by over 4000 authors writing from the late nineteenth century onward. The full-text or excerpted criticism is from books, magazines, literary reviews, newspapers and scholarly journals.

Just type in the author, title or topic in the search box. Great for student assignments or book clubs.

MasterFILE Premier

This database provides full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals with full-text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering nearly all subjects including current events, books and reading, consumer information, health, fashion, decor and more, MasterFILE Premier also contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps and flags.


NoveList, a readers' guide to fiction, provides access to information on 155,000 novels. Find fiction by subject or read reviews and summaries. Includes series, book discussion guides, reading lists and more. Great information for avid readers and for book clubs.

On the Web

Listen List

Established in 2010 by a division of the American Library Association, The Listen List seeks to highlight titles with outstanding audiobook narration.

New York Review of Books

Archives. A subscription is needed for full access to reviews in the archives. Contact the library to find out which back issues are available in print.

New York Times Books

Free access to full reviews from 1981 onwards.

The Atlantic Books

Archives. Reviews from The Atlantic magazine. Articles from the archives are not free, but full text articles from this magazine are available through MasterFILE Premier.

The Globe and Mail Books

Current book reviews from The Globe and Mail. Find past reviews in Canadian Newsstand.

The Guardian Books

Find current and past reviews of books from British newspaper, The Guardian.

Vancouver Sun Books

Current review from The Vancouver Sun. Find past reviews in Canadian Newsstand.