Today is Canada Book Day (bet you didn’t think that existed)! So I thought I’d make a contribution to this celebration with a very fun list of my favourite books. Of course, Harry Potter is number 1.

I haven’t done much reading this week, to be honest. I was away in sunny San Fran (it actually wasn’t all that sunny) with my friends for our graduation trip! But the week before, I had borrowed a few titles from the library, and I’ve started them now that I’m back. The first is Burial […]

The Remains of the Day

Upon finishing, Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day became an immediate favourite of mine. I was left in awe for a few minutes, staring into space and absorbing everything. This story is one of the best realizations of the beauty found in the unsaid.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami

Murakami is one of my favourite writers. His prose is so simple, yet his stories he creates are always so so complex. Whenever I read Murakami, I get absolutely and completely absorbed — his words grab me and pull me in. I think this is what makes his style of magic realism so effective: you’re so […]

The first time I picked up 1984 was in Grade 8, as an independent study project. I found it somewhat dull, longwinded, and absolutely indecipherable. Obviously, it’s a completely inappropriate reading level for Gr. 8 independent study, and I blame my teacher for the huge strain on my 13 year old brain. I learned a great deal about perseverance, reading that. […]

The Nightingale

The Nightingale follows the stories of 2 sisters — one a teenager and one a young mother — as their lives are terribly altered and tormented in WW2 France. Themes of love, family, resilience, loss. The writing, however, lets it down.

Most people don’t really like reading. I know this, I get it. But I also know that reading isn’t the easiest to get into, not like a new board game or a phone app — immediately engaging and fun. If you’re one of those people, if you’re a Wannabe Reader, it’s for you that I’ve written this post.