I’ve been wanting to write a review of this hefty, beautiful novel for a couple of weeks now. But every time I sat down to type I just…couldn’t do it. It was like trying to remove stitches from a freshly sewn wound (I’m sorry for the imagery, but if you’ve read the novel, you’ll know it’s very apt). I was still in a bit of a daze, showing up to work and holiday events pretending to function normally while inside I was drowning in feels. I would lie awake at night fretting over the characters, only to be haunted by them in my dreams. I remember how one day I brought the book with me to Starbucks for a peaceful afternoon read, and how I ended up crying in public and desperately texting a friend to pull me back to reality. This is all to say that it has been a long, long time since a book has affected me this deeply, has so consumed my everyday life, has made me feel so simultaneously heartbroken and heart-warmed that I don’t even know what I’m feeling anymore.
It’s September 23 and you know what that means: summer is officially over and it’s autumn’s time to shine. Out of the many reasons to love the fall (cool weather, scarves, plaid, pumpkin spice EVERYTHING), one of my favourites is the kick-off of the new movie season. It’s time for our beloved superheroes and engineered dinosaurs to take a seat and open up the floor to more serious fare. It’s time for the “award season” to begin. Of course, each year this season dependably serves us several book adaptations, and this year is no different. So what are some adaptations to look out for? In the interest of keeping the list relatively short, I’ve left out the obvious blockbusters (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 and The Martian). Remember, you can always check out a copy of the books at your local VPL branch before they hit the big screen!
The Sixth Extinction: an unnatural history (Kolbert, Elizabeth)
Elizabeth Kolbert won this year’s Pulitzer Prize winner in general non-fiction for her book The Sixth Extinction: an unnatural history - a captivating account of the irrevocable chain of events spurned by modern humans, leading earth to its next inevitable extinction.
This book sounds like a depressing summer read, but I can promise you, it is more than just a cautionary tale. It is a painstakingly researched, revelatory book that delves deep into anthropology, science and the modern world in a way that is incredibly fascinating.
The Bitch In Your Head: how to finally squash your inner critic (Plumez, Jacqueline Horner)
Bet that title caught your attention? It caught mine, that’s for sure! And quite honestly, why not call a spade a spade? Although I’m just starting to read this one, it seems like an insightful and practical how-to book with useful exercises and strategies for dealing with that naggy voice that plagues your inner thoughts. Can’t wait to dive in and make some positive changes!
The Power of Habit: why we do what we do in life and business
Here’s a startling statistic to get you thinking: about 40% of everything you do is out of habit.
Recommended to me by a friend, The Power of Habit delves into the reasons we do the things we do. And the science behind how we make reforms. While I’m not about to sacrifice late night popcorn binges or sleeping in those extra few minutes, I am willing to re-evaluate the things I do and why I do them!
Sex at Dawn: the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality
While the topic is one that arguably sells itself, the book is a deeper investigation of social norms and religious doctrine that dictate the conventions of modern sexuality. It is sure to make you question everything you think you know about sex, marriage, monogamy and family. As a somewhat progressive thinker myself, I’m keeping an open mind as I delve into this provocative read.
All these titles (and more!) can be borrowed from your local Vaughan Library. Check out out downloads and digital for more great non-fiction selections.