We’re quickly approaching hibernation season which, if you’re anything like me, means you need a good book list. From the greatest books of 2019 to the hottest releases that have got everyone buzzing, here are the titles you’ll definitely want to add to your winter-reading pile.
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Anything by Margaret Atwood is sure to have a following, but The Testaments (the follow up to the classic novel The Handmaid’s Tale) is definitely one you’ll want to read.
Normal People tells the story of high school kids Marianne and Connell who, despite their backgrounds and school social statuses find a kindred connection that follows them beyond the classroom.
A single family and the community they grew up in is at the heart of this multi-generational tale that touches on small town expansion, race relations and what it means to dig into your past. Taking place on the east coast, Africville, will also give you a little history lesson of Canada.
This Giller-listed novel (and really, just read the entire Giller longlist if you can) titled Reproduction is at its core about family, though it also promises to be funny as well as heartfelt and.
The Water Dancer
I loved Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me so I can’t wait to begin reading The Water Dancer from the author. It’s about a young man born into slavery and his journey all over America.
Red at the Bone
I love a novel that moves through time in a non-linear way and Red at the Bone from Jacqueline Woodson about two families unexpectedly brought together is from a National Book Award-Winning author.
Johanna Skibsrud’s latest book, Island, takes place over a single day on an imaginary island in the throes of chaos. With a character names Kurtz (anyone else getting Heart of Darkness vibes?) and an insurrection building, you can expect a thought-provoking read.
Another Giller listee, Greenwood explores the world in 2038—after the environmental disaster of our time leaves a scientist in search of answers. Instead, an interesting history is revealed.
The Water Cure
The Water Cure came out at the beginning of 2019, but if you missed it pick up this Man Booker long-listed novel, stat. It’s dystopian nightmare meets The Virgin Suicides and the hazy setting and unpredictable characters only add to the intrigue.
Supper Club is a truly astounding novel that touches on excess and fear and trauma and taking up space—I loved the wild inhibition, the stark and honest look at friendship and the internal dialogue that was all-too-relatable.
(Story by Contributing Editor, Alexandra Donaldson)