On vacation I love to lounge in the sun (or with my complexion more realistically the shade) and catch up on my reading. Here are a few of my favourites this summer:

1. From The Ashes by Jesse Thistle

This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Jesse’s inspiring story sheds light on the darkness that exists and systematically persists in Canada, and his long and harrowing journey to escape it. Jesse’s honesty is rare, raw and refreshing. This book captured my heart.

2. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

My lovely friend Marle suggested this glamorous book to me and it did not disappoint. It is an intoxicating rock and roll story written from a unique perspective. For more book recommendations, be sure to visit Marle’s bookstagram: @openup2me

3. 21 Things You May Not Know About The Indian Act by Bob Joseph

I think all Canadians have a duty to read this book and be informed about our history and how it has shaped the present. It’s a super short but necessary read!

4. Educated by Tara Westover

A gripping true story of resilience and inspiration. This cultish, religious exposé left me feeling grateful for the countless simple things I take for granted every day.

5. Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

This book examines our ability (or more aptly inability) to read others through fascinating research and real life events. I often recount these stories at cocktail parties and can’t get enough of the interesting conversations that follow.

6. North of Normal by Cea Sunrise Person

Clearly I have an affinity for true stories and Canadian authors! The shocking and unconventional vein of this book reminded me of Glass Castle. The rustic setting makes it a perfect choice for a summer escape.

7. The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

I’m not normally a huge fan of historic novels, but I found this story captivating. Set in England and Van Diemen’s Land, a penal colony in Australia, the story focuses on three women and their survival. I previously knew little about Australia’s colonial past and found this book very interesting.

8. The Push by Ashley Audrain

This list needed a thriller (one of my favourite genres) and The Push is it! Though not particularly gory, the sentiment is terrifying. I couldn’t put this book down, finishing it in an afternoon. It explores motherhood in a horrifying manner and the implosion of a relationship. I found the ending a bit unsatisfying but overall I enjoyed this book.

9. The Paper Palace by Miranda Crowley Heller

Slices of summer and shifting generational perspectives colour the tapestry of this story. The sun warming the setting may might be bright, but themes of this story are to the contrary. My one bone to pick would be the sharp ending, but perhaps there will be a sequel.

10. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

I haven’t read this book yet, but the outpouring of positive sentiment surrounding it and replies to my story on Instagram made me add it to this list! I will update this post with my own thoughts shortly!

What are you reading this summer? Head to my Instagram and let me know!

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