Hi friends! I haven’t been the best at regularly scheduled blog posts since revamping my website, but hope to get that on track soon. I’ve been trying to write a blog post for a while now, and each time I start, I get lost for words. So I thought I would talk about something that I love and helps with my mental heath. Reading.
If you know me personally or follow me on Instagram, then you know that I read. A LOT! I have already surpassed of my 50 Book Pledge of reading 50 books this year, by reading over 60 books so far. You’re probably thinking, that’s a lot of reading, and it probably is by some people’s standards. But I don’t read just full length novels. I have read everything from middle grade and graphic novels to six to 800 page Stephen King books! I won’t list every book I’ve read so far this year, (you can check them out on Goodreads or here) but here are some of my favourites in no particular order up to the halfway point of the year.
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline and published by Dancing Cat Books (Cormorant Books). Humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, but now an even greater evil lurks. The indigenous people of North America are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to recovering something the rest of the population has lost: the ability to dream. In this dark world, Frenchie and his companions struggle to survive as they make their way up north to the old lands. For now, survival means staying hidden – but what they don’t know is that one of them holds the secret to defeating the marrow thieves. I just loved this story and it’s characters and the beautiful writing.
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw and published by Simon Pulse. I requested an eARC of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review and loved it so much that I immediately purchased a hardcover edition when it came out. I plan on rereading it in the Fall. The first few sentences in the description of this story immediately drew me in. This was all I needed to know to request a copy of this book. A town that is cursed. Witches returning every summer for the past 2oo years to exact their revenge. A mysterious island with a lighthouse. All the connections between them are what made this story so haunting and drew me in and kept in the town of Sparrow and on the island of Lumiere until the very end. I found this story to be both dark and magical. (Picture in previous blog post here.)
I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara and published by Harper. I never read true crime because it’s, well, true crime! The real stories of all those scary, bad people. But something drew me to this book and I devoured it. What can I say except that Michelle breathed new life into the cold case, of who she called The Golden State Killer, with her brilliant writing. It’s no spoiler that unfortunately she didn’t get to finish this book or catch the killer because she passed away suddenly in 2016. But hopefully this book will bring about a renewed interest in this case, and maybe many other cold cases. (Update: Coincidentally, a few months after this book was published, the alleged Golden State Killer was arrested.) “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark —the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true crime classic—one which fulfilled Michelle’s dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer.”
Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh and published by Berkley. The police think it was suicide. She thinks it was murder. They’re both wrong! It was a plot twist in a plot with, with a side of plot twist. This was my first Clare Mackintosh book and it won’t be my last. I have two more of her books sitting on my shelf. Just when I thought I had this book figured out….BLAM!! Well played Clare Mackintosh. Well… Played…
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig and published by HarperAvenue. “The First Rule Is Don’t Fall In Love.” If only it were that easy. A beautiful story of love, loss and living whether you live only 80 years or over 400 (like the main character Tom Hazard).
Unlike the real world, with books you can control what information you take in. You can read something funny or sad or mysterious or real life. You get to choose. Do you read? Have you read any of the books above? If so, let me know what you thought. Until next time, I hope you enjoy the view from where I am…