As the weather turns cooler and swimsuits get packed away in favour of sweaters, it’s a great time to start a fun fall read. Grab one of these great reads and de-stress with a quiet evening with a book. You deserve it!
Preview: We could summarize this novel in one word – EPIC. This multi-generational love story spans both space and time. It is global in scope and starts before the Second World War, keeping the reader wrapped up in the powerfully emotional story until it reaches present day. A word of advice, keep tissues handy.
Good For: Bathtub reading, Romance fans.
Preview: An Australian soldier returns home from WWI and takes a job as a lighthouse keeper with his young, vivacious wife. Unable to conceive, they one day find a baby alongside a dead man in a boat that washes ashore on their small island. They adopt the child in secret, but such choices always have consequences.
Good For: Rainy days, Book clubs.
Premise: This whirlwind tour through the 20th century demonstrates how it was deeply unlike the rest. The book covers everything from relativity to the internet, global wars to global warming, as Higgs, a truly gifted communicator of complex ideas, helps readers to finally unpack just what the heck happened.
Good For: Provoking thought, History buffs.
Premise: Providing a timely and much-needed point of view, this Pulitzer Prize-winning poet tells the true story of her youth and coming-of-age as a black, female artist. Raised by a fiercely loving single mother, Smith relates her struggles to define herself within and against complex cultural and historical forces.
Good For: Memoir lovers, Mothers & daughters.
Premise: What happens when Kimball, a plucky New York writer with no rural experience, takes up impulsively with a highly ambitious young farmer planning to revolutionize the industry? An amazing true-life success story.
The Dirty Life chronicles their first year together both as a couple and as business partners running their farm. The catch? They ethically produce complete weekly grocery plans for their customers.
They even use compost as fertilizer and horses instead of tractors!
Good For: Gardening buffs, Getting inspired.
July 31, which is both Harry Potter’s birthday & JK Rowling’s, is also the release date for the newest book: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! (Pre-order it here for the Potter fan in your life).
With summer approaching, we couldn’t wait to pick our favourite books (hello beach reads!). We’ve chosen memoirs, non-fiction books, and novels that will make you laugh, cry, and want to be a better version of yourself. Don’t forget – summer reading is best served poolside, with a cold iced tea.
Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica
She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can’t get the girl out of her head…
Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal – or worse. But despite her family’s objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.
Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow’s past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she’s willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.
“Pretty Baby is a psychological thriller with lots of twists and turns that leave you guessing right till the end as to what the whole story is behind each of the characters” – Review by Carolynn
“Compelling story written in the views of the 3 main characters – Heidi, her husband Chris and Willow the homeless teen with a new baby. Although disturbing and difficult to read at times, it’s intriguing – you want to find out Willow’s back story and how she came about to be homeless and with child. The chapters are relatively short and alternate between the three main characters, so you want to keep reading to follow up on each of the storylines” – Review by Janice
Book of the Month
Every month we will be featuring a new book to be showcased in our Book of the Month. Staff members and friends will be reading the book and posting their reviews. We’d love to hear what you thought of these book as well. Post your comments and let us know.
Pretty Baby is available at London Drugs along with many other great titles and is on sale for the month of February.
Sure, skiing and snowshoeing are fun, but shovelling snow and scraping windshields? Not so much. Sometimes the best way to enjoy winter weather is to curl up with a great book – away from the pesky sub-zero temperatures. Here are our picks for 6 great winter reads, best enjoyed with a roaring fire and a cup of tea.
Written by J.K. Rowling under a pseudonym, The Cuckoo’s Calling is the first novel in a new seven-book mystery series. Harry Potter fans will love Detective Cormoran Strike’s keen investigative skills and Hagrid-like gruffness, but shouldn’t expect further similarities to the magical teen series. Though Rowling’s signature engaging characterization and intricate plots remain, The Cuckoo’s Calling offers a much darker reading experience. Fair warning: be careful when you choose to start this book. With sequels The Silkworm and Career of Evil already published, you may be in for a binge-reading experience that will last weeks or months, depending on your reading speed.
Adapted as an award-nominated feature film starring Matt Damon, The Martian is a gripping tale of determination, resourcefulness, and independence. Astronaut Mark Watney is accidentally left deserted on Mars and is forced to save himself through a series of seemingly unsurmountable tasks. A survival story laced with wit and humour, readers will be engrossed in this unpredictable tale – we dare you to put it down.
If you’re dreaming of spring (and spring-cleaning!), or made a New Year’s resolution to de-clutter your closets, then this is the winter read for you. Reknowned organizer Marie Kondo takes the reader through her acclaimed de-cluttering process that creates lasting change and big impact. Enjoy the reading time, because once you’ve finished, you’ll feel an instant urge to start tidying up your home and your life.
Alice Edevane’s baby brother Theo disappeared when she was only sixteen years old. Decades later, a clue emerges that might have the solution to her family’s tragedy. A cozy mystery that will keep you flipping pages, The Lake House is sad, beautiful, and absolutely gripping.
Set in 1920’s rural Alaska, this fantasy novel tells the story of an aging couple that aches for a child. When cabin fever hits, the two build a snowchild when playing in the snow. The next day, the snowchild is gone, but they soon discover Faina, a child of the woods that they eventually come to love as their own. An emotionally complex fairy tale, The Snow Child will make you reconsider what you think you know about love and life.
Winter is an appropriate time to indulge in some guilty pleasures, right? With young adult fiction popular for all age groups, it’s hard to resist a heart-wrenching page-turner like this one. Recently adapted in a film starring Chloe Moretz, If I Stay tells the story of Mia Hall, a teenager with dreams of becoming a professional cellist. When tragedy strikes in the form of a winter car accident, Mia finds herself caught between life and death – and has to choose which way to go. A story of love and heartbreak, If I Stay will have you considering what makes your life worth living. (If you love it, the sequel Where She Went is equally addicting.)
A Long Time Gone by Karen White
When Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back. But in the spring, nine years to the day since she left, that’s what happens. Vivien returns, fleeing a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children.
What she hopes to find is solace with her dear grandmother who raised her, a Walker woman with a knack for making everything all right. Instead she finds herself forced into the unexpected role of caretaker, challenging her personal quest to find the girl she once was. but things will change again in ways Vivien cannot imagine. A violent storm has revealed the remains of a long-dead woman buried near the Walker home, not far from the cypress swamp that is soon to give up its ghosts.
Vivien knows there is now only one way to rediscover herself – by uncovering the secrets of her family and breaking the cycle of loss that has haunted them for generations.
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret – something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive… Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all – she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia – or each other – but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.