Starting this fall, we’ve decided to post our favourite book of the past month and the book we’re most excited to read next. Feel free to comment with your own favourites and recommendations!
What was the best book you read in October, and why?
What book are you excited about in November?
Appropriately for Halloween, the book I enjoyed the most this month was Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier. She has been the hot new writer of the past couple of years for tweens. Her two autobiographical graphic novels Smile and Sisters are always flying off the shelves at the library. Her newest book, Ghosts, is a completely fictional story about a girl who has just moved to a new town. Her sister is ill and the shadow of death hangs over them. I found that Raina’s art style perfectly mixed the heaviness of the topic with the cultural story of Dia de los Muertos. I am a sucker for a coming-of-age story and Ghosts did not disappoint.
On the list for next month is Calvin by Martine Leavitt , which won the Governor General award for YA Lit.
As predicted, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi was beautiful and wonderful and has stuck with me. Then last week I read Room by Emma Donoghue and it was gripping. I’ve spent a week pondering how the story was told from the perspective of a child in a terrible situation who was shielded by his mother so that the horror is both displaced and more intense. Both books describe complex and heartbreaking situations that are quite different, and both have given me a perspective I hold valuable .
I’m looking forward to reading Wenjack by Joseph Boyden. I’ve started prioritizing reading hard stories, and I want to read more Aboriginal stories. Wenjack has stellar reviews, and I’m hoping that my hold at the library comes through in time to review it for next month.
I’ve caught the Louise Penny bug and caught it hard. A few years ago I read the first couple books in her Inspector Gamache series to see what all the fuss was about. I enjoyed them, they are good cozy mysteries for sure. I didn’t pick the series back up again until recently, but I just finished The Brutal Telling and now I finally get it. These are more than just good mystery novels. They are also stories about what makes us human. Sorry, couldn’t figure out a way to say that so it didn’t sound cheesy. But Louise Penny does somehow, bless her, and does it fantastically well. I’ll just be over here ploughing through the rest of the series if you need me.
Next, after all the Penny, I’ll be reading Kindred by Octavia Butler. This has been on my list for a while and I can’t wait. It involves time travel, so I am sold.