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September Reading Challenge

September Reading Challenge:┬áRead a book by an author you’ve never read before

You know at first, I was pretty stumped on how to make a list and post for a challenge so…subjective. After all, no matter how well-known a book might be, there are always plenty of people who’ve never read it before, which means theoretically, I could talk about any book.

Thankfully my coworker had the fantastic suggestion to list books by debut authors as well as newly translated books, so here we go! As per usual, all the titles featured in this post will be available at Vaughan Public Libraries, though as they are new, many are on order. Get your holds in now!


Cover of When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo

When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo

A mythic love story set in Trinidad & Tobago, Ayanna Lloyd Banwo’s radiant debut introduces two unforgettable outsiders brought together by their connection with the dead.

A masterwork of lush imagination and immersive lyricism, shot through with the rhythm of the island, When We Were Birds is a spellbinding novel about inheritance, loss and love’s seismic power to heal.

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August Reading Challenge

August Reading Challenge: Read a book set at the beach or in a warm/tropical setting

Beach reads. Is there a more evocative reading mood than the idea of lying on the beach, lazily flipping through a romance or thriller? Or maybe you prefer to beat the heat and sit in the comfort of air-conditioning (at home or at the library), killing time until the sun sets with a book in hand. In the summer, the days are longer, inviting you to fill them with books.

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Books with the Perfect Summer Vibe!

Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee

I know it’s August and you may be looking forward to everything becoming more fall themed again (sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, beautiful orange forests) but I am still very much in summer mode. That feeling when everything feels new and fresh… as long as you can ignore the sun boring down on your face. With that said, I thought it would be fun to discuss some books that will make you feel that sunny optimism, even as the sun starts to set a little bit earlier!

All links below will take you to the Vaughan Public Libraries catalogue where you can request these titles! Most titles are available as ebooks in addition to physical books.

Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee. This debut YA novel is about Noah, an expert on romance who runs his own blog called The Meet Cute Diary. It’s a blog that focuses on stories of trans love that all start with a meet cute, except all of Noah’s followers think that the stories are real events rather than almost-encounters that Noah experiences. While visiting his brother for the summer, Noah starts a relationship with a cute boy in which they are fake dating, and Noah hopes that it turns out to be real. It’s a wonderful story that blends the experiences of building an online persona with the cute romance we expect from summer stories.

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