Updated: Mar 7

What all of you are reading right now.

I was a bit torn about what to share with you today. With yesterday marking my third week in voluntary isolation, I felt that I wanted to put together something a little lighter. There is definitely a sense of restlessness creeping in, that I know will eventually overpower any sense of acceptance if I don't allow myself to explore it. Because of that feeling, I'm finding it very difficult to sit down and concentrate on a book for very long, even though I know that the escape of reading is probably exactly what I need.

So I decided to compile a list of all the books that people in my life have recommended to me in the past weeks. Here is what YOU are reading and believe is worth our quaran-time.

Make sure to check with your local bookstores before ordering from amazon!

1. I Found My Tribe by Ruth Fitzmaurice

"A writer’s moving tale of how she found solace from family trauma in the cold waters of the Irish Sea" (Excerpt from review by TheGuardian)

2. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabrial Garcia Marquez

If you are rightfully avoiding stories that involve pandemics and isolation (Don't Watch Vivarium whatever you do), this classic isn't one of them. I read this during my first two weeks at home, and the imagery and love story is well worth the time it takes to get through GGM's old fashion prose.

3. Truth Be Told: My Journey Through Life and the Law by Beverley McLachlin

Audiobook Free on Amazon.

4. On Tuesdays I'm a Buddhist by Michael Harding

"Harding examines the search for meaning in life which keeps him fastened to the idea of god." Ok, this sounds really good. (Excerpt from Goodreads.com)

5. Empaths Survival Guide by Judith Orloff

Available as an audiobook, so no need to bother the post.

6. How to do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell

“How to Do Nothing is genuinely instructive, elaborating a practical philosophy to help us slow down and temporarily sidestep the forces aligned against both our mental health and long-term human survival. You can knock the hustle — and you should.” (Review by Akiva Gottlieb in LosAngelesTimes) Recommended by my awesome neighbour whose taste can be trusted! This is next on my list. Bonus, the audiobook is Free on amazon.

7. Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt

8. Sex and World Peace by Valerie M. Hudson et. al.

Recommended by Emma Watson's Book Club.

"With practical chapters on achieving positive change...Sex & World Peace shows us how gender inequality is a form of violence that impacts everything from population growth to economies to regime type. For me, this book illuminates how we got where we are today, and along with it, a way forward.⁣"

(Image and excerpt from Emma Watson Instagram)

9. The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor by Sally Armstrong

Great story about a real-life woman settler in New Brunswick and the ways she forged her path in life while respecting the lands as the men around her were not. Sent to me recently by my sister in Fredericton.

Here are some Graphic Novel Recommendations from Montreal's Drawn and Quarterly Bookstore which has arrangements for local delivery right now if you want to support a small, Montreal business:

1. Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal

When a birth defect wipes out the planet’s entire population of men,Woman World rises out of society’s ashes. Dhaliwal’s infectiously funny instagram comic follows the rebuilding process, tracking a group of women who have rallied together under the flag of “Beyonce’s Thighs.” Only Grandma remembers the distant past, a civilization of segway-riding mall cops, Blockbusters movie rental shops, and “That’s What She Said” jokes. For the most part,Woman World’s residents are focused on their struggles with unrequited love and anxiety, not to mention that whole “survival of humanity” thing.

(Description from drawnandquarterly.com)

2. How to Be Alive by Tara Booth

3. Familiar Face by Michael DeForge

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