Review readers, staff share their favorite “good reads”


What book has made you turn the pages recently? We were looking for your recommendations and Review readers did not disappoint!

These days we’re focusing on local activities to do outdoors, but here’s a list of “good reads” for those days when you have to stay indoors. And best of all, Cynthia Martin says the Champlain Library has most of the titles listed below!

Louise Sproule, journal editor, will kick off the event. She’s currently listening to Emma Donoghue’s “The Pull of the Stars” – as an audiobook available through Overdrive when you’re a member of your local library!

Editor Reid Masson is a big fan of local history and says Colin Affleck’s recent Caledonia Springs – The Rise and Fall of One of Canada’s Grandest Hotels has a permanent place on his coffee table – when He’s there. “So many people have borrowed it, I never know where it is.”

Review team, Dorothy Hodge reads “Jonny Appleseed”, by Joshua Whitehead. “Each year my youngest daughter and I each try to read a different book from the Canada Reads list of books and then share our options and thoughts. We try to follow radio talk on the CBC Listen app, so our schedules don’t have to align. None of us like book clubs, so it’s far from share and enjoy that works for us. The Canada Reads list hasn’t let us down yet!

And below is what Review readers are reading these days!

Alice Higginson MacLaurin – The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict
Diane Bourgault – The Spoon Thief by Lesley Crewe
Deb Chamberlain – The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny
Lisha Merrill – Nora Roberts Freshman
Mary Weese – Any of David Baldacci’s Books
Brad Ingram – The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl (Listen to the audiobook, it adds so much!)
Kathy Dandy Gray – The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Christine Anderson – The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab
Susan Assaly – The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts (3494 pages the 2nd part of Shantram!)
Cynthia Martin – Yellow Woman by Sadeqa Johnson
Camille Campeau – Kukum by Michel Jean (Michel Jean is an Innu television journalist and author. He is currently the midday news anchor of TVA Nouvelles at TVA, and was previously the anchor of the news magazine JE from TVA and the 24-hour news channel RDI. Kukum means grandmother in Innu. He is a “Roman” based on the life of his great-grandmother and his ancestors before us. Every Canadian should read this book. English translation is coming soon. I also read Atuk in which Mr. Jean talks about Indian residential schools, the life of his grandmother and the discovery of her culture and Tiohtiáke (Montreal) where the story takes you brings into the lives of homeless Aboriginal and Inuit people from the Square Cabot encampment in Montreal.)
Louise Goulet Dodd – Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty by Anderson Cooper/Katherine Howe
Angie Plant-Powered Parker – The Lost Apothecary
Donna Parker – A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.
Charmaine Overbeek – I had to laugh at that.. I’m a primary education teacher. . The best reads I get are, “We’re Going Bear Hunting” and “The Hungry Caterpillar”. Can recommend “The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig”. These books make the list of good reads if you are a small person.

L’Orignal author Colin Affleck (above) documents the history of the luxurious Grand Hotel in his new book ‘Caledonia Springs – The Rise and Fall of One of Canada’s Grandest Hotels’. The book has found a permanent place on editor Reid Masson’s coffee table – when not checked out by friends. PHOTO: REID MASSON


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