Summer Reads


There’s nothing like kicking back on a warm summer day with a book in hand. With a cup of tea or a glass of rosé nearby and the breeze on your face (or, slightly more likely this summer, the sound of the rain against your window!), it’s the ultimate form of relaxation. It can be hard to find the time to simply unwind and read, but the rewards are powerful. You’ll emerge refreshed, inspired, and more knowledgeable and creative than ever, depending on your book choice. Here are some of our favourites to enjoy this August.

Fiction
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
This newly published novel is “a dazzling, richly moving novel” written by the internationally acclaimed author of The God of Small Things. If you love epic tales that go deep into the human psyche with unforgettable characters, you’ll want to pick this one up.

The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker
Are you an avid Game of Thrones fan? If so, you’ll probably adore this epic Viking saga. The tale is chock full of intrigue, betrayal, complex characters and ancient feuds. It’s sure to be a page turner, and if you love it, good news – it’s the first book of a trilogy.

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
This book came out last summer, but the buzz is still strong. This is a classic “beach read” that you won’t want to put down. The story follows a tight-knit group of friends from college who have now grown up and had their own kids – and explores the evolution we all go through as we get older. It’s wise, insightful, and, best of all, funny.

Non-Fiction
The Physics of Everyday Things: The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day by James Kakalios
This book answers all of the questions you didn’t even know you had – like how a GPS or Fitbit works, and how an airplane flies. The information is presented in an accessible and entertaining way, and the book is written by an acclaimed physics professor.

Jane Austen, the Secret Radical by Helena Kelly
Jane Austen fans, rejoice! This Jane Austen biography digs deep and presents an often-untold side of Austen’s life and work, bringing to light the issues she presented through her novels and how subversive and daring her ideas truly were.

Turning: A Year in the Water by Jessica Lee
This memoir is a perfect summer read with its focus on swimming and the catharsis it brings. Save this one for the waterfront, dock, or pool, as you’ll want to jump in! Follow along as the author swims 52 lakes in a year, no matter the weather or season, in search of strength, freedom and understanding.

Classics
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
This dystopian Canadian classic, originally published in 1985, is still more topical than ever. It covers women’s rights and place in the world, with details that hauntingly mimic reality. Whether or not you’ve watched the new popular TV series, this is a must-read.

In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje
Canadian author Ondaatje has written many critically-acclaimed novels, including The English Patient – which is actually a sequel of this novel. The story takes place in Toronto and explores the line between history and myth, as well as the role immigrants played in building Toronto.

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