Hey there bookish friends,
Let’s talk about how to pick the great next book. I’m sure most of you can relate to looking for a book that makes you feel such feelings that you can’t do anything but finish it. I’m not claiming that I know how to pick the best book all the time, or that you will all after reading this… but figuring out your book taste, and the people who align with it with definitely get your book picker working better. Here’s some resources I use:
Here’s where you can find yourself a bookish soulmate. Follow some book loving people, and when they starting raving about the books that you love, maybe pick up the one that they recommend and you haven’t read. Some of my bookish soulmates on IG are: @happiestwhenreading, @readvoraciously, @notesonbookmarks, @anniebjones
Go to your local bookstore, and get friendly. Chat with the booksellers, ask them what they’re reading, and ask them to help you. Make sure you tell them a couple books that you loved, and maybe they can steer you in a direction that will get the next book you will love.
I LOVE podcasts, and these ones below will definitely give you a diverse selection of books to add to your TBR. There is something about listening to someone rave or trash a book that can really influence your reading decisions. Let’s just say most of my TBR is built from these following podcasts. Also… if you don’t listen to podcasts, because you don’t know how to, check out this post.
The Boat People, by Sharon Bala. (3.75 stars) A rusty old cargo ship pulls up onto Vancouver shores full of Sri Lankan refugees who are escaping a war torn life. There is over 500 refugees on this boat, and the Canadian government is really unsure whether these people should be allowed into the country. Mahindan, and his son, are two of the refugees escaping the trauma of the past, and are thrown into detainment until their individual case is processed in court. You follow the shipmates, and Mahindan’s life throughout this book, and the troubled past with the terrorist group the Tamil Tigers. This is fictional account of a true story, and I found Sharon Bala’s account of what these families dealt with so eye opening. It was a Canada Reads nominee, and also won many other prizes!
Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune, by Roselle Lim. (4 stars) So this was I was sent as an advanced reading copy from Penguin Books. It comes out on June 11th, and is SO good! When Natalie’s mother passes away, she is regretting not speaking, or visiting her for the past several years. Natalie has been a bit of a vagabond, travelling and collecting experiences, but the one experience she will never have is truly knowing her mother. When her mother passes unexpectedly, Natalie travels home to San Francisco and decides to re-open her Grandmother’s restaurant. Upon this decision, she lives in her mother’s apartment, gets to now the neighbours, and truly begin to know and understand her mother. I loved it, and I think it’s perfect for the reader who likes a fun book with a little depth.
Mom Truths, by Catherine Belknap, and Natalie Telfer. (1 star) You all know that I hardly ever give a bad review, but I need to get this one off my chest. The only reason this one has earned any star rating, is the feelings that this book brought up for me. This “mom truths” book was literally a whole novel telling each and every woman to forgive themselves for making mistakes everyday. That it’s okay to drink copious amounts of liquor to be able to get through your day, and complain to your girlfriends about your kids. YES, I get it being a parent is hard…but when did the word “MOMMING” become a verb. It’s actually whole life change, and if you decide to become a parent, please, please be an intentional parent and partner. I realize that there is no one way to parent, but I think this book really pushed a very dangerous message. Let’s just take a moment and realize that this whole “Millenial Whiny Mommy” trend, isn’t cool. Yes it’s funny for a second, until you really think about how pathetic it is. It really opened my eyes to be more present, and intentional.
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, by Anissa Gray. (3.75 stars) If you loved American Marriage, I think this is the next book that will fill that hole for you. Husband and wife diner owners, Althea and Proctor, are suddenly thrown into jail for a reason which will up end their whole town… let alone their family. Althea and Proctor’s children are suddenly thrust into the hands of Althea’s sisters, and are each of them are struggling to adjust in a town who they are all looked at like criminals. This is a really great look at how three dimensional this type of situation can really be. You hear from each family member, through letter’s, past experiences, and the present. This was Anissa Gray’s first novel, and I think a great read.
Okay, that’s all for today. Until next time, happy reading!