Books to Cozy Up With During These Last Few Weeks of Winter

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It is that time of year where the end of winter is within reach but it still feels ways away. That leaves us with many opportunities to get cozy with a hot drink and a page-turning read. During the colder months I tend to enjoy a lot of mysteries and thrillers, but I am very much a mood reader, and some days I may feel like reading anything from science-fiction to a nice contemporary romance. Here is a suggestion from different genres. Hope you find your next cozy read! Continue reading “Books to Cozy Up With During These Last Few Weeks of Winter”

Top Five Summer Reads

IMG_1846“One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.” – Jeanette Walls, The Glass Castle

Summer is such a wonderful season for reading.  Even with work, classes, or whatever activities occupy your time, there is an atmosphere of relaxation.  After we have fulfilled our daily obligations we can enjoy the beautiful weather, breathe in the fresh air, and be very thankful that the winter is well behind us.  When I think of great summer reads I think of page-turning stories that you can’t help but get lost in.  These are my favourite summer reads from my virtual bookshelf:

1. 300 Days of Sun by Deborah Lawrenson
In order to get away from career and relationship troubles, Joanna decides to embark on a trip to Faro, Portugal where she meets Nathan, a man in search of information on a kidnapping that occurred decades ago.  Nathan asks Joanna for her help with his investigation due to her background in journalism.  Their search leads them to a book that was sold as a work of fiction but in truth may hold the answers they are looking for.  A total page-turner that brings the sights and sounds of Portugal to life.

2. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Finding herself stuck and lost in life, twenty-nine year old Hannah Martin moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles, determined to turn her life around.  Upon her return, her best friend Gabby throws her a welcome home party where Hannah runs into her high school love, Ethan.  As Gabby is set to leave the party, Hannah has the choice of either going home with Gabby or staying out later with Ethan.  As we all know, choices have consequences. The book splits into two timelines showing us what happens with each scenario.  A fascinating look into how one choice can affect the entire course of a person’s life. Continue reading “Top Five Summer Reads”

It’s Not Me, It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane

IMG_3184“Could it be this easy, after a lifetime of doggy paddling, to jump in the deep end, and swim?”

While in search of a book that fit my mood, I came across It’s Not Me, It’s You.  It instantly appealed, and although I tend to be a bit weary of books that may be put under the chick-lit category, I felt it was worth a read.  I am so very glad I did.

Delia Moss’ life takes an unexpected turn when she discovers her boyfriend of ten years, has been unfaithful.  Her world as she saw it is flipped upside down, and everything about who she is and what she wants is challenged.  She soon finds herself in a new city and on a new adventure, slowly discovering the Delia she neglected in the past.

My standoffishness when it comes to chick-lit, romance type books is that they very often come across as overly silly and dramatic.  A couple of chapters in, I realized that this was not the case whatsoever.  Instead I found myself immersed in a book that is funny, smart, and that approached relationships with depth and nuance.  Delia Moss is a lovely, strong character, and I loved following her on her journey.   Continue reading “It’s Not Me, It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane”