I am a terrible reader when it comes to summer. I always have great intentions for cracking open books, but the summer sun seems to lead me to day dreaming and wandering outside. Fall, winter and spring however are my reading havens (probably not the correct use of this word but I have committed to it now). I love to cuddle up in a warm knitted blanket and get lost in the amazing words played out in front of me. Here are a few I have chosen to get into (finally for some) this fall.
About: A love letter to city life—however shiny or sleazy—Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop. (Source)
Why I Picked It Up: Maybe as an ode to my past (what feels like life) in NYC as a young fashion student, I was immediately drawn to reminiscing about my time spent in New York and viewing it through a different lens.
About: Rabbit has big ideas, full of music and love and so much life. She has plans for the world. But the world, it turns out, has other plans for Rabbit: a devastating diagnosis. She will be with those who love her for as long as she can, and she will live as long as she can with music and love and so much life. (Source)
Why I Picked It Up: There is something about pulling at ones heart strings, while offering a laugh and maybe a life lesson that I can’t stray away from. This appeared to check all three for me.
About: Cea Sunrise Person’s compelling memoir of a childhood spent with her dysfunctional counter-culture family in the Canadian wilderness—a searing story of physical, emotional, and psychological survival. (Source)
Why I Picked It Up: This one has been on my shelf for some time and it is finally time to dust it off. Partially because it is Canadian and partially the intrigue of a dysfunctional family tale (something we may all partially relate to).
About: Secret first loves, old friendships, and an all-girls club steeped in tradition. But, most of all, it’s the story of how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she couldn’t save. (Source)
Why I Picked It Up: Given to me on recommendation by a good friend, I was promised a story I would not forget, with no shortage of tears.
About: His stanzas inspire strength through the raw, emotional energy and the vulnerability of his poems. Relationships, love, pain, and fortitude are powerfully rendered in his poetry, and his message of perseverance in the face of emotional turmoil cuts to the heart of modern-day life. (Source)
Why I Picked It Up: I am a longtime fan of poetry and so happy of its current blow-up. I have not read anything by r.h. Sin though he has been on my radar for quite some time. This was a gift from a friend who insists III is the best place to start in the series and so I am trusting her judgment.
About: At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for. (Source)
Why I Picked It Up: I am a sucker for a good mystery and thriller. As a kid I was obsessed with Agatha Christie (still am, thanks to my mom) and every “book binge” I try to include at least one thriller.
Why I Picked It Up: I have bought and read the Illustrated editions every year since they started coming out. This one is my favourite book in the series and the first one I read all on my own (without my mom or brother), so it holds a very special place in my heart.
About: The latest issue celebrates food as a lens through which identity and relationships can be interpreted. What does a person’s approach to food tell us about their values? As MFK Fisher famously wrote, sharing a meal can be more intimate than sharing a bed. (Source)
Why I Picked It Up: One of my favourite magazines for insightful curated pieces on interesting topics and unique people. Every quarterly issue makes me feel a little bit more informed and also supplies me with some new random facts (for the dinner parties I never actually attend).
What is on your reading list this season?