So for those of you not Facebook friends with me, here are the books I posted (but this time with a few comments). I didn't just pick my favourite books of all time, since it is almost impossible to rank books, but ones that I think people should read and ones that have stuck with me after I read them.
This is a haunting book about the olden days of Ireland where people believe in fairies and evil spirits. I was really pulled back and forth even though I am an otherwise modern logical person. I wrote more about it here.
This is one book that I always recommend to people. This author wrote Bear Town and Us Against You, which became more popular in the last few years, but this one is the best. It is an endearing story of a grumpy old man, recently widowed. There is a Swedish movie that was on Netflix once, and now I've heard there will be a movie made starring Tom Hanks, which is perfect casting.
This has been one of my favourite books for awhile, and I think everyone should read it. It tackles the very serious issues of mental health and assisted suicide so it is extremely heartbreaking and it also takes place in Canada (so it checks two of my three boxes for favourite books, the other being set in wartime). I wrote more about this book here.
I just read this book last month and it will definitely be a top book for me for awhile. I may not get around to doing a full review of this, so I'll just give you a quick synopsis. It takes place in the '70s in Alaska where a family looking for a new start moves to a small town to set up a home. They are met with a variety of different challenges.
I loved this book since it is different from books I usually read (about white people). This is about a Nigerian immigrant to the United States and her life in America versus the life she would have in Nigeria. I do try to read about different perspectives and different parts of the world, so I liked reading about a life that I know very little about. I wrote more about it here.
This is a bit of a thriller, taking place in the UK, and has a twist you don't really see coming, and I will say no more! It's one of those books you can't put down. I read about it here I also read another of her books called After the End, which was a crying on the subway book, if you're into that sort of thing, although with Covid, no one is reading in public anymore, so you should be safe.
The only non-fiction book I included. I only really discovered Anthony Bourdain after he died but then I was obsessed with him. I went to Chicago in June of 2018 and literally at the airport on the way there, I watched his Chicago episode of Parts Unknown, the first show of his I had seen. Then he died the next day. After that I could not get enough of his various shows, and I loved visiting those places with him and wishing I could pull up a stool next to him to dig into to anything - if Tony was eating it, then it must be good! I can't even really put into words what it was that I loved about him (really, I've started typing a bunch of things and keep deleting it because it's not quite right). This book was just an extension of the shows and his spirit, I could hear him reading it to me.
I've heard the Toronto Library is going to start allowing curbside pick up soon so I am excited to get my hold books, I can hardly remember which ones I have ready for me.