Hey friends! Let’s talk bookshops before I dive into what I’ve been reading lately. There is a bunch of little bookshops in Peterborough, ON, CA, but downtown hands down has my two favourites. There is the beautiful Hunter Street Books, which is Peterborough’s independent bookstore, and owned by author Michelle Berry. It’s stunning, and I try to stop in there whenever I feel the need for my cortisol levels to drop! My other fav little downtown bookstore is actually also a restaurant. By the Books is located next to By the Bridge. The reason this is my fav place to go is first off the food is legit amazing, the people that work here have literally become friends, and it has the most beautiful collection of second hand curated books. Go check it them out if you are ever in Peterborough!
What I’ve been Reading:
Recursion, by Blake Crouch. (4 stars). My synopsis of this novel is short, because I’m just scared that the description will have you backing away slowly. I’m not a “Science Fiction Junkie”, but both of Blake Crouch’s books, Dark Matter, and now Recursion, have been fantastic. New York City cop Barry Sutton is investigating an epidemic that the has been coined as False Memory Syndrome—a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived. When he delves into the investigation what he finds is astounding, and also a chance to relive the past precious moments that are now long gone. This is a mystery, thriller, love story all combined into one. The last 50 pages are truly beautiful, and this is a must-read for the summer!
Grace after Henry, by Eithne Shortall. (3.5 stars). After a tragic accident, Grace’s life with Henry was halted. Henry was killed in a bike accident, but Grace keeps seeing Henry everywhere. Memories come flooding back, and she sees him everywhere… at the grocery store, and even while visiting him at the graveyard. Until, one day, “Henry” shows up to fix her boiler, and Grace can’t decipher that this man Andy isn’t Henry… although he looks exactly like him. This stranger does have a connection to Henry, and as Grace begins to heal, the connection starts to unwind and she starts to see the whole truth behind Andy’s sudden appearance. This is a lovely little story with a not so predictable ending!
The Unwinding of the Miracle, by Julie Yip-Williams. (4 stars). The subtitle of this book describes it perfectly. The fact that Julie survived infancy was a miracle, she was born blind in Vietnam, and her grandmother had tried to euthanize her. Luckily she survived, lived a very full 37 years, before she was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. Okay, stay with me, I know this book sounds extremely depressing… and it’s sad at moments, but it’s a beautifully told, raw journey that Julie departs on to deal with the grappling truth that she will eventually die. But here’s the thing, this story is such a beautiful documentation of a life so well lived, and I think that reading Julie’s book has taught me a lot, and how layered the feelings are.
Things My Son Needs to Know about the World, by Fredrik Backman. (5 stars). This sweet little novella is a fast, fun read. If you’ve read any of Fredrick Backman’s backlist, this is something completely different… but equally worth reading. Between sleepless nights, and firsts with his son he was written a collection of essays that sum up his experience with fatherhood, and little lessons he’s learned so far. These essays include: What You Need to Know about Ikea, Different Types of Friends, and a very short one that simply states, spit on the napkin and wipe the face, don’t spit directly on the child’s face. In moments this is laugh out loud funny, and then it slowly careens into a deep, thoughtful reflection on fatherhood.
A Quote to Ponder:
“Live while you’re living, friends.” – Julie Yip-Williams