||Beartown – an amazing book. To be honest, for the first third, I was a bit bored with all the hockey but then BAM! like a hockey punch, it sucked me right in and I could not put it down!! It was a highlight of the year to meet this author!!
||Remember Us – written by a wonderful friend!!! We enjoyed having Layne join us for a great book club evening! READ LOCAL!!
||Blake & James
||Eat Move Think: The Path to a Healthier, Stronger, Happier You
||The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules – quirky seniors rob a bank!! enough said!
||A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts – great historical fiction based on a real family.
||Fowler, Therese Anne
||goodnight mind: turn off your noisy thoughts & get a good night’s sleep
||Carney & Manber
||Small Fry – quite a memoir about growing up with a brilliant yet bizarre man (Steven Jobs) from the viewpoint of his daughter who reported neglect and abuse.
||Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days
||Homes – written by a refugee student with help from a teacher, this is a book that all students should read and realize what other students go through in other parts of the world. This was a great read that made the Canada Reads short-list.
||al Rabeeah, Abu Bakr
||By Chance Alone – another Canada Reads book which detailed the authors experience through the holocaust and in the time after when he had nothing and no one. Eye opening!
||This is Day One: A Practical Guide to Leadership that Matters – remember the lollipop video? Check it out and then read Dudley’s book.
||The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
||The Penelopiad – the world needs more Atwood!!
||The Hate U Give – a book recommended by my daughter which was thought-provoking and a great read. Imagine having to warn your children how to respond to police just simply based on the colour of their skin! We were lucky to get to meet this author at the Art Gallery of Ontario!
||On the Come Up – not as compelling as The Hate You Give but we are looking forward to her next book.
||Carnegie’s Maid – interesting fictional tale of a fictional maid set in the reality of Carnegie’s life
||The Death of Ivan Ilych
||The Woo Woo – this was my least favourite of the Canada Reads picks. I am not sure how anyone could categorize it as humorous and feel that this girl should have been rescued from abuse by the CAS… her feet were purposely burnt by her mother. i sure hope that it was an exaggeration!
||Suzanne – a beautifully written translation for Canada Reads!
||The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F@CK – seriously, can you fit any more f words into one book? It was a run of the mill, self-help, leadership type of book with f words thrown in to make a splash. no thanks!
||A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life – an interesting reflection on the author’s life before our trip to South Carolina
||The Quintland Sisters – another fictional novel based on the horrendous childhood of the Dionne quintuplets. Their whole life was built on others… their father, the government, their doctor, taking advantage of them. From further research, two quintuplets remain and one had all her money stolen by her own son. so sad!
||The Body – Stephen King, need I say more? The best character author!
||A Mind Spread Out on the Ground
||Apron Strings – this was the One Book One Brant book of the year and told of a woman’s trip across 3 countries eating like the residents and learning how to cook along with her son. A very interesting experience!
||The Home for Unwanted Girls – a sad part of Canadian history!
||Uncle Tom’s Cottage – a horrid tale of slavery.
||Beecher Stowe, Harriet
||The Glace Bay Miner’s Museum – a play sent by my secret sender from my good reads group. Sadly, our summer trip turned into a “Chevvy Chase” vacation and once our car was towed away after an electrical fire and we were stranded in a campground on Cape Breton, we never made it to Glace Bay or the mines.
||The CHAOS Cure
||HBR – Influence and Persuasaion
||The Moment of Lift – inspiring!!
||Foe – creepy!
||The Moon of Crusted Snow – interesting concept and story but could have used a bit more editing.
||Cari Mora – disappointing story by the author of Silence of the Lambs.
||Green Book – we all need to be more environmentally friendly!
||The Mister – dreadful book club pick which was so hard to finish. Everyone hated it!
||Glass Beads – a collection of linked short stories
||A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
||Adichie, Chimaamanda Ngozi
||Us Against Them – a great sequel to Beartown!
||Normal People – not sure what all the hype was about??
||The Blue Castle – lovely story as I continue to read the words of LMM.
||Writing the Revolution – I am kicking myself for missing the UofG event. This collection of articles continues to be relevant today as we continue to strive for and retain women’s rights.
||Very Good Lives
||Note to Self: Inspiring Words from Inspiring People
||The Waiting Hours – listened to this one in audio and it was interesting to read the fictional account of a 911 operator.
||The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox
||The Reality Bubble – interesting but read a lot like a textbook!
||Explore Nova Scotia
||Nova Scotia: Canada’s Ocean Playground
||I’m Afraid of Men
||The Dead Zone – this was a reread for me and it is amazing how prescient Stephen King seems to be with this book and how much relates to the sad situation with Trump in the States.
||The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore
||All Things Consoled – a memoir of an author experiencing the aging and death of her parents… sad but something we will all deal with at one time.
||French Exit – not for me!
||Men Explain Things to Me
||The Rosie Result – a lacklustre end to the Rosie trilogy.
||The Latte Factor – simple, common sense finances but a basic repeat of The Wealthy Barber.
||Dear Life – Alice Munro, amazing stories always!
||The Handmaid’s Tale: Graphic Novel – not a genre that I typically pick but a great refresh.
||In Praise of Difficult Women
||My Life on the Road – what an interesting life she has had. I didn’t realize what a nomad she is!
||I Feel Bad About my Neck – aging sucks!
||Jane Goodall: 50 Years at Gombe – when he government was concerned that she would be camping alone in the jungle, she brought her mom along! An amazing start to her love and research of chimpanzees!
||The Handmaid’s Tale – 3rd read and always AMAZING in preparation for The Testaments.
||The Testaments – won’t say much as you all need to read this one but I LOVED finding out more about Aunt Lydia. There is always more to the story and we can’t judge before we understand!
||Akin – a sweet tale of a boy and his great uncle. Thanks Shalom!
||The Innocents – still damaged by this book and have not been able to rate it. Beautiful writing by Crummey.
||The Institute – another great book by a great author!
||A Quality of Light – Love all of his books, a bright light, gone too soon!
||One Drum: Stories and Ceremony for a Planet – great to get a taste of what Wagamese was working on but so sad that he never got to finish these teachings.
||The Crucible – a read along as my daughter studied this play… wish I could have gone to Stratford with her class!
||A Fine Balance – I am not sure why I waited so long to read this. Devastating but amazing literature!
||Plant Based on a Budget
||Mostly Plants – learning and adapting our diets with a new vegetarian in the house.
||The Chimps of Fauna Sactuary – read with kleenex. It is hard to believe that research chimps could have been abused so horribly. This sanctuary is amazing and tries to bring joy.
||Our Homesick Songs – I want to go to Newfoundland!!!
||24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week – great advice for a technological attached world.
||Empire of Wild
||Finding Chika – i never knew that this author opened an orphanage in Haiti. the sad tale of a girl that he tried to save.
||You are Awesome – so positive!
||The Last Resort – a quick read about a marriage saving resort gone wrong.
||The Minimalist Home – don’t bother!
||Nine Perfect Strangers – could have been edited down to a third of the book.
||When We Were Vikings – thanks for an ARC from Harper Collins. This was a terrific story about a girl living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and her struggles for independence as she lived with her brother who had his own challenges.
||This Year it Will be Different – awful Christmas read that was all about women looking for a man or being with men who are cheating on their spouses.
||I Quit Sugar
||Albatross – do you like golf? The author said it is not all about golf but it sure does talk a lot about the sport!
||Be More RBG
||The Weight of Ink – a great historical fiction.
||The Education of Augie Merasty – devastation from colonialization in this disjointed account.
||For the Love of Books: Stories of Literary Lives, Banned Books – dry, dry, dry.
||Chrismas Present – cheesy!
||The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding – I need to read more Agatha Christie in 2019!
||The Obesity Code – unfortunate title but turns the nutrition that we all learned upside down. Guide to intermittent fasting and cutting out added sugar by a Canadian renal specialist.
||The Noel Diary – are all Christmas reads so cheesy?
||Evans, Richard Paul
||Bad Feminist – interesting essay collection
||Christmas at the Vinyl Café – best Christmas tales every!! Enjoy in a book or in audio. The late Stuart McLean was a genius story teller and these should be repeated EVERY Christmas season!
||Euphoria -a sad love triangle of anthropologists set in New Guinea.
||The Shape of Family – a quick read of a family struggling with loss. Instead of pulling together, they all suffered individually as they tried to get their lives together.
||Gowda, Shilpi Somaya
||The Obesity Code Cookbook
||The Blood Sugar 10 Day Detox – helpful concepts but lost me when the author started pushing his own products.
||Reproduction – an interesting mix of family dynamics starting with two individuals meeting in hospital as their mothers were dying. This was the winner of the 2019 Giller prize and is certainly unique.
||Where the Crawdads Sing – an awesome book to end the year. I could not put it down!! everyone needs to pick up this book!!!