So far this year there have only been a couple books that have resonated with me to the point that I want to recommend them to everyone I know. In terms of just liking a book, I'm not the harshest critic, but when it comes to loving a book I am a lot harder to please. When I read THE GREAT ALONE by @kristinhannahauthor, I knew from the first chapter that it was going to be a book I couldn't put down. Despite the fact that I was able to predict many of the main events in the book, the story still captivated me from start to finish. The book takes place in 1974 and is about thirteen-year-old Leni, whose father, a POW from the Vietnam War decides to move his family to Alaska. Leni finds herself caught in the middle of her parents and their toxic relationship. What seems like a promising fresh start begins to fade as winter approaches and the mental state of Leni's father begins to deteriorate. As her father tries to teach Leni about how dangerous the outside world is, Leni comes to realize that the real danger is in her own home. This book is so beautiful and whether you are a big reader or not, I would highly recommend you move it to the top of your reading lists. I can't stop raving about it! • #bookstagram #booksofig #readersofig #willtravelforbooks #babeswithbooks #bookclubpicks #bookclubs #booksofinstagram #onmyshelf #mybookshelf #bookworm #bookclubsofig #goodreads #bookofthemonth #bookbloggers #bibliophile #currentlyreading #bookporn #bookstagrammer #ilovereading #kristinhannah #thegreatalone #contemporaryfiction #myalaska
Finally starting WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LULULEMONS by @laurenweisberger. I have been super excited for this book, as it is a spin off to The Devil Wears Prada. This story follows Emily Charlton's character and her move to the suburban town of Greenwich, Connecticut, where she is working as an image consultant to the stars. Have any of you read it yet?? • #bookstagram #booksofig #readersofig #willtravelforbooks #babeswithbooks #bookclubpicks #bookclubs #booksofinstagram #onmyshelf #mybookshelf #bookworm #bookclubsofig #goodreads #bookofthemonth #bookbloggers #bibliophile #currentlyreading #bookporn #bookstagrammer #ilovereading #bookish #whenlifegivesyoulululemons #laurenweisberger #thedevilwearsprada #chicklit #womensfiction
I am by no means a history buff, nor am I typically drawn to war stories. Despite those facts, I still really enjoyed @paula_mclain's latest novel, LOVE AND RUIN. After winning me over with The Paris Wife years ago, I knew if there was one person who wrote historical fiction I could sink my teeth into, it would be Paula McLain. In this story, McLain writes about Martha Gellhorn, who was one of the most celebrated war correspondents of all time. Though many would know her as one of Ernest Hemingway's ex-wives, this story showcases how incredible she was in her own right. What I loved most about this story was learning about Gellhorn, a women with true grit and ambition. She covered almost every major conflict for a sixty year period, while also managing to publish five novels and fourteen novellas. She is a timeless role model, and somebody that all writers can look up to. • I was so fortunate to get invited by @chaptersindigo to an intimate Q and A with Paula McLain on Tuesday. After hearing McLain speak so passionately about Gellhorn, I feel like Gellhorn herself couldn't have picked a better writer to tell her story. This experience made the story come to life even more for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet such an accomplished author.
I randomly came across YOU ALL GROW UP AND LEAVE ME by @piperweiss while I was on holiday and was instantly drawn in after skimming over the synopsis. With a combination of both crime and coming of age, this memoir is right up my alley. It recalls the true story of Gary Wilensky, a private tennis instructor turned sexual predator, from the perspective of one of his mentees. Though it's disturbing to hear about the way a child predator managed to charm his way into the life of young girls, I've always been drawn to tales of psychological crime. After I posted this book on my story a few days ago, it attracted a lot of interest, so I will be sure to post a review on it once I finish it! What are some of your favourite non-fiction thrillers?
One of my favourite things to do is go book hunting. Believe it or not, I get a bigger (and more satisfying) rush from browsing through the aisles of bookstores than I do when browsing through a department store. I don't think my shopping addiction is one that will ever be kicked, but when I focus my shopping on books I feel a lot more grounded (and so does my wallet!) I love hunting for books on my to-read list and the feeling I get when I come across one that has been on there for ages is the best. I know I could easily order my books online, but online shopping has never given me the same satisfaction as shopping in person does. When it comes to books I am as old fashioned as they come. Kindles aren't for me, I will always splurge on a hardcover, and finding books I'm dying to read from used bookstores makes me feel like I've won the jackpot. • When I went to New York a few weeks back, a few people asked why I wanted to go book shopping when I could easily find the same things in Toronto. Guess what? I brought back five books that I could not have found without stepping foot in the Big Apple. I picked up two signed by author editions of books on my list from @booksaremagicbk and three books I hadn't been able to find at any of my local bookstores for half the price at @strandbookstore. I would highly recommend both these stores to any book lovers visiting NYC. I could have spent all day in them 😍 Do you guys have any favourite bookstores? After my successful book haul in New York I can confidently say that I will TOTALLY travel for books! • #bookstagram #booksofig #readersofig #willtravelforbooks #babeswithbooks #booksaremagic #bookclubpicks #bookclubs #booksofinstagram #onmyshelf #mybookshelf #bookworm #indigo #bookclubsofig #goodreads #bookofthemonth #bookbloggers #bibliophile #currentlyreading #bookporn #bookstagrammer #ilovereading #bookish #bookfeaturepage #nycbooks #thestrand #shoplocal #bookstores
From the hammocks to the docks, I don't think I've ever found so many good reading spots in such a short amount of time. Weekend getaways are the best for catching up on reading! This weekend I finished one book and started another two. If I hadn't gotten sick on our last day, I swear I would have finished them both before heading home today. • Right now I'm almost finished reading my Book Club's June pick, THE NEIGHBORS by @hannahmarymckinnon. It's always exciting when someone new moves into your neighbourhood - but what if you find out that your new neighbor is someone you already know? Back in 1992, Abby's brother died in a car crash that she was responsible for. This unforgivable mistake resulted in her pushing away the love of her life, Liam. Fast forward to present day where Abby is now married to Nate, the driver who had pulled her to safety after the car crash. When Nate informs Abby that new neighbors have moved in next door, Abby looks forward to meeting them - until she finds out that the new neighbors are Liam and his family. I have a feeling there are going to be some unexpected twists and turns in this book, and I can't wait to find out what they are! • #bookstagram #booksofig #readersofig #theneighbors #babeswithbooks #hannahmarymckinnon #bookclubpicks #bookclubs #booksofinstagram #onmyshelf #mybookshelf #bookworm #indigo #bookclubsofig #goodreads #bookofthemonth #bookbloggers #bibliophile #currentlyreading #bookporn #bookstagrammer #ilovereading #bookish #bookfeaturepage #fictionpicks
Earlier this week I finished BEFORE WE WERE STRANGERS by @reneecarlino1. I loved this story about a former couple who reconnect through a missed connections post. I fell in love with both of the characters and their romance, which felt so raw and real the entire way through. This book was written for hopeless romantics and I would recommend it to anyone who likes getting carried away by a good love story. Renee Carlino has now joined the ranks of Taylor Jenkins Reid and John Green as one of my favourite contemporary romance authors. The next one of her books I want to read is Swear on This Life, which I'm going to pick up later in the summer once I finish my current stack of books. What are some of your favourite love stories? ❤️ • #bookstagram #booksofig #readersofig #beforewewerestrangers #babeswithbooks #reneecarlino #bookclubpicks #lovestories #booksofinstagram #onmyshelf #mybookshelf #bookworm #indigo #romancenovels #goodreads #bookofthemonth #bookbloggers #bibliophile #currentlyreading #bookporn #bookstagrammer #ilovereading #bookish #bookfeaturepage #fictionpicks
Aiming to finish YOU THINK IT, I'LL SAY IT by Curtis Sittenfeld before I leave for Muskoka on Thursday. This collection of short stories really highlights the assumptions and judgements we make in our everyday lives. So far I have found it SO relatable. Sittenfeld manages to capture the thoughts that go through our minds when we meet somebody new, so much so that the writing feels more like non-fiction than anything made up. I wouldn't normally pick up a book of short stories, as I'm more of a contemporary fiction girl, but I am really glad I gave this read a chance. Another successful pick by @reesesbookclubxhellosunshine and a great book club pick in general! To me a good book club pick is something that forces us into difficult conversations, especially ones that challenge societal norms and stereotypes, which this book definitely does. • #bookstagram #booksofig #readersofig #youthinkitillsayit #babeswithbooks #curtissittenfeld #bookclubpicks #reesesbookclub #booksofinstagram #onmyshelf #mybookshelf #bookworm #indigo #hellosunshine #goodreads #bookofthemonth #bookbloggers #bibliophile #currentlyreading #bookporn #bookstagrammer #ilovereading #bookish #bookfeaturepage #shortstories #fictionpicks
😊 Last night I finished HAPPINESS by @happiness_hharpham. I don't read as much non-fiction as I do novels, but I really enjoyed this memoir about Heather's unique experience as a wife and mother. When Heather found out she was pregnant, her husband Brian was not on board. If moving back home to California to have the baby alone wasn't terrifying enough, imagine finding out that your newborn child's health is in severe trouble. Her story is full of grace, optimism and a roller coaster of ups and downs, and proves that no matter how severe your situation might be, it is always possible to come up on the other side. • #bookstagram #booksofig #readersofig #happiness #babeswithbooks #heatherharpham #bookclubpicks #reesesbookclub #booksofinstagram #onmyshelf #mybookshelf #bookworm #indigo #lovestories #goodreads #bookofthemonth #bookbloggers #bibliophile #currentlyreading #bookporn #bookstagrammer #ilovereading #bookish #bookfeaturepage #hellosunshine #nonfiction #memoirs
I think one of my favourite things about New York is the infinite amount of reading spots around the city. From chic cafes to peaceful parks I would love to come back just to read and eat here! Since I was with my mom I didn't get as much reading done over the last few days as usual, but I managed to reach the halfway mark on PRETTY GIRLS by @karinslaughterauthor and I've almost wrapped up HAPPINESS by @happiness_hharpham ❤️