BOOKS

When I was in Grade One this little poem won me a prize in the school anthology. Nothing has changed; reading remains my favourite pastime.

Though I spent seven years working in a library, maintaining that I'd stick to my hard-copy books, I've gone back on my word and converted to an ebook enthusiast. I love that ebooks allow me to read in sub-optimal lighting, adjust font size, and not have to hold up a book (lazy, I know). I also really appreciate having instant access to ebooks online. Libraries are buying more and more books in ebook form and generally offer free access through their online catalogues. It's great when you hear about a book and are able to access it right away.

I use Aldiko, a free Android app, to read ebooks on the go, and Adobe Digital Editions (also free) to read at home on my computer. After trying various readers these are the two that I have found to be most user-friendly -- simple, yet offering all of the features that I appreciate. My favourite features on Aldiko are the option of having white text on a black background (reduces screen brightness to prolong battery life) and the ease of adjusting the screen brightness to suit your environment (simply swipe up or down along the left side of the screen).
Aldiko
I enjoy all genres and often check the New York Times Best Sellers list for reading inspiration. Books that I've read recently include:
  • Sept 23, 2013 - Inferno - Dan Brown
  • Nov 10, 2013 - A Constellation of Vital Phenomena - Anthony Marra
  • Dec 8, 2013 - Looking for Alaska - John Green
  • Dec 27, 2013 - Cutting For Stone - Abraham Verghese
  • Dec 30, 2013 - The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
  • Dec 31, 2013 - Divergent - Veronica Roth
  • Jan 1, 2014 - This Is How You Lose Her - Junot Diaz
  • Jan 4, 2014 - Ender’s Game - Orson Scott Card
  • Jan 30, 2014 - The Stranger - Albert Camus
  • Mar 2, 2014 - On the Road - Jack Kerouac
  • Mar 2, 2014 - The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
  • May 18, 2014 - The Unwanted - Kien Nguyen
  • June 5, 2014 - The Cuckoo’s Calling - Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
  • June 22, 2014 - The Things They Carried - Tim O’Brien
  • June 24, 2014 - The Citadel - A.J. Cronin
  • Aug 3, 2014 - The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
  • Aug 3, 2014 - If I Stay - Gayle Forman
  • Aug 10, 2014 - American Wife - Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Aug 22, 2014 - Brunette Ambition - Lea Michele
  • Oct 12, 2014 - Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
  • Nov 1, 2014 - Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand
  • Nov 8, 2014 - Not That Kind of Girl - Lena Dunham
  • Nov 11, 2014 - Confessions of a Shopaholic - Sophie Kinsella
  • Dec 7, 2014 - All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
  • Dec 21, 2014 - Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple
  • Jan 23, 2015 - Yes Please - Amy Poehler
  • Jan 30, 2015 - The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
  • Feb 6, 2015 - Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) - Mindy Kaling
  • Mar 2, 2015 - Land of Love and Drowning - Tiphanie Yanique
  • Mar 15, 2015 - The Rosie Effect - Graeme Simsion
  • Apr 3, 2015 - Bossypants - Tina Fey
  • June 10, 2015 - Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty
  • July 11, 2015 - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo
  • Aug 14, 2015 - The Magicians - Lev Grossman
  • Aug 16, 2015 - Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee
  • Aug 17, 2015 - The Call of the Wild - Jack London
  • Sept 4, 2015 - The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
  • Jan 2, 2016 - The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
  • Jan 3, 2016 - My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante
  • Jan 7, 2016 - The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
  • Jan 15, 2016 - The Silver Star - Jeannette Walls
  • Feb 20, 2016 - When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi
  • Mar 5, 2016 - The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd
  • Mar 12, 2016 - The Martian - Andy Weir
  • Apr 1, 2016 - The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto - Mitch Albom
  • Apr 9, 2016 - Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
  • May 7, 2016 - I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain - Courtney Robertson
  • May 10, 2016 - Madame Curie - Eve Curie
  • June 3, 2016 - The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
  • July 31, 2016 - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - JK Rowling
  • Sept 3, 2016 - Lily and The Octopus - Steven Rowley
  • Sept 20, 2016 - It's Not Okay - Andi Dorfman
  • Dec 3, 2016 - Patient HM - Luke Dittrich
  • Dec 31, 2016 - Wild - Cheryl Strayed
  • Jan 9, 2017 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Feb 18, 2017 - The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Apr 8, 2017 - The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
  • Apr 13, 2017 - Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan
  • Sept 4, 2017 - Modern Romance - Aziz Ansari

4 comments:

  1. Nice book list! :) I was surprised to see The Citadel by A.J. Cronin on your book list! My dad suggested that book a while ago but I never had a chance to read it. Did you like it?

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    1. Thanks :) The Citadel wasn't my favourite, but I did enjoy it. Our dean said that it was the book that inspired him to go into medicine, so I thought I should check it out! It's a short book and gets you thinking. Worth a read! Let me know if you have any favourite books to recommend :)

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    2. Cool! :) Then I will definitely have to read it before uni starts! Powerful inspiration! :D
      Ugh! I used to be (still am?!) a book nerd, unfortunately now I don’t read that much.. (but trying to improve it!)
      A couple of my favourite books are The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho!
      Most recent books which I read and really enjoyed were for my uni English class - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald about Roaring 20s and American dream and Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese about natives and residential schools! Both books made me think about great topics and educated me about North American culture…
      Also I enjoy sciency books… like Timothy Caulfield (U of A prof) “The cure for everything”, his newest “Is Gwyneth Paltrow wrong about everything?”, and “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking” by Susan Cain
      Have you ever read/heard about any of them? :)

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    3. Oh those are some great recommendations, thanks!! I always feel that I should become better read in classics... I've only read The Great Gatsby and Quiet, but I will definitely be keeping the others in mind! Thanks, Evi!

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