My Winter Reading List

Sweet fancy Moses it’s fucking cold outside! A week ago I was in Honduras and experienced a 55 degree drop in temperature when I got back to Toronto. Brutal. The upside of winter is that the arctic cold lends itself to nights at home curled up with a tea and a good book.

I’m currently reading ‘Freedom’ by Jonathan Franzen. It follows the Berglund family and touches on contemporary love, marriage and the nuclear family. I’m only about 100 pages in and I’m liking it so far!

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Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

After Freedom, I’ll be reading ‘How Happy to Be’ by Katrina Onstad. I nabbed this book from a book swap last summer (book swaps are the best idea ever, by the way). ‘How Happy To Be’ is about “the life of a disillusioned entertainment journalist as she heads into a downward spiral of ritual substance abuse and empty punditry,” and the author is the arts columnist for The Globe and Mail. Sounds right up my alley.

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How Happy To Be by Katrina Onstad

I recently bought ‘Me Before You’ by JoJo Moyes, based on the recommendation of a few friends. Wikipedia has this to say about it: “Louisa (Lou) Clark likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop but lost her job. Following a motorcycle accident, 35-year-old Will Traynor faces life as a quadriplegic and has lost his desire to live. When she gets a six-month contract caring for himtheir relationship develops from animosity, to mutual understanding and, eventually, love.”

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Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Following that, I’m going to pick up ‘The Goldfinch’ by Donna Tartt. I’ve no clue what it’s about but I keep hearing smart people talk about it so…yeah 🙂

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

What’s on your current reading list? I’m always looking for book recommendations, so please send some my way!

I read some super great books in 2013, and thought I would share them with you here.

‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I feel like pretty much everyone has read this book, and it’s being made into a movie with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike (though apparently with a different ending than the book). I loved loved LOVED ‘Gone Girl’, but I know a lot of people who read it and hated it. Based on the synopsis, I had assumed it would read as a run-of-the-mill and forgettable book one picks up at a pharmacy or airport gift shop, so I was honestly confused at the level of hype it received. ‘Gone Girl’ turned out to be complex and twisty and psychological. I couldn’t put it down.

‘The Marriage Plot’ by Jeffrey Eugenides

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The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

This was the first book I’d read by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides, and I’ll definitely be adding his other best seller Middlesex to my 2014 reading list. ‘The Marriage Plot’ depicts the life of English major Madeleine Hanna who is writing her senior thesis on George Eliot and Jane Austen –  whom she views as purveyors of the ‘marriage plot’ that lies at the heart of great English novels – while involved in a complicated love triangle. The book also delves into the complexities of mental illness. I thought it was poignant and exceptionally well written.

‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Enchanting and magical. I loved this book. And I think it’s the author’s first, which makes me hate her and worship her equally. ‘The Night Circus’ is a winding love story set against the backdrop of Victorian London and a mysterious and magnificent touring circus that is only open from sunset to sunrise. This is unlike anything I’ve ever read and was my favourite book last year. Highly recommend

‘The Sisters Brothers’ by Patrick deWitt

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The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

At one point last year, every third person I saw reading on public transit was reading this book. I remember getting on the subway after work one night and sitting down to read and the woman next to me laughed and said that the person who had just vacated my seat had been reading the same book. ‘The Sisters Brothers’ was everywhere. The best way I can describe this book is that it’s a dark Western. Eli and Charlie Sisters (the Sisters Brothers) are hired guns for ‘the Commodore,’ sent on a mission to kill Hermann Kermit Warm, a man who has apparently stolen from their boss. It was violent but oddly funny and touching.

‘Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?’ by Mindy Kaling

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling is my favourite. Read this book. You will laugh your ass off. She’s amazing. That is all.

Happy reading!

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