Top Book Club Picks

IMG_2754What makes a good book club selection?  It’s not necessarily books you end up loving, but books that make you feel and think.  They may make you feel excited about what you’re reading, or they may leave you feeling confused.  Either way, they produce strong feelings to the point where you just need to discuss.  Here are the books I have found to be great sources of interesting conversations:

1. The Shadow of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

This is by far one of my favourite books.  Beautiful writing, an engaging story, interesting premise, and an intriguing mystery.  Amazing on all counts.  I cannot recommend this book enough.

2. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I found this book to be quite thought provoking.  The main character’s story splits into two different timelines, and we get to see her life unfold based on a choice she makes.  It brings up so many questions about fate and destiny, and a lot of opinions on the events of each timeline.  There are discussion questions provided at the end of the book.

3. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

A world post-apocolypse and a number of different story lines, both past and present.  There is so much to discuss when it comes to this book.  Wonderfully written and put together. Continue reading “Top Book Club Picks”

Fall Reading List: Top 5 YA Novels

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So many books, so little time. Great YA selections coming out this fall, and these are the ones that caught my attention:

1. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
18304322“Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.” Continue reading “Fall Reading List: Top 5 YA Novels”

Top 5 Books On My Fall Reading List

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There are a lot of great books to get excited about this fall. Here are the ones I’m really looking forward to (not including YA novels, which really deserve a list of their own):

1. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
22716447“In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.

Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.” Continue reading “Top 5 Books On My Fall Reading List”

Must-Read Debut Novels of 2015

So far, 2015 has been a year of very impressive debut novels.  Many of these novels are turning out to be some of my favourites of the year and it looks like that list is continuing to grow.  Here are my picks for must-read debut novels that were published in the first half of 2015:

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1.  Signal To Noise – Story of a girl named Meche and her two best friends, Sebastian and Daniela.  Inseparable friends each dealing with personal challenges who discover they can cast spells through music.  The novel jumps back and forth between Mexico City in 1988 when Meche is fifteen years old, and Mexico City 2009 when Meche comes back to the city for her father’s funeral, unraveling the mystery of what happened between the three friends that caused the end of their friendship.  Continue reading “Must-Read Debut Novels of 2015”

5 Mystery Novels I’m Reading Over The Summer

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I love mysteries.  It’s one of my favourite genres, so I’m always excited to come across a book or a series that looks to be a good read.  Here are five mystery books I’m reading over the summer:

1. The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

This is the 11th book in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, currently set to be released August 25th.  It is my absolute favourite current mystery series and I’m really looking forward to seeing what this new book has in store. Continue reading “5 Mystery Novels I’m Reading Over The Summer”