5 Books to Read This Year
Reading is a great way to get lost, to learn, to grow and to gain a broader worldview. We have read many books and tried to narrow it down to our FAVOURITE 5. It was a difficult task, but it had to be done. Let us know if you have read any of these and give us your review!
Do you have a favourite that's not on our list? Share your favourite book title in the comments- we're always looking for new reads!
5. The Glass Castle By Jeannette Walls
The Glass Castle is a memoir of redemption and resilience that recounts the poverty-stricken, unconventional upbringing Jeannette and her siblings had with their dysfunctional parents. The children learn to take care of themselves while their father battles alcoholism and their mother tries to find success as an artist. This memoir helps remind us that it doesn’t matter where you come from, but rather the choices you make everyday that will lead you to the life you want to live.
“I had always wanted a watch. Unlike diamonds, watches were practical. They were for people on the run, people with appointments to keep and schedules to meet. That was the kind of person I wanted to be.”
MUST READ IF: You have experienced or understand the loyalty of family even through difficult times and addiction.
4. The Wave By Susan Casey
Until recently scientists dismissed stories of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. In the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet’s waters.
Susan Casey discusses the history of these mammoth waves from a scientific perspective and from the perspective of legendary surfer, Laird Hamilton, who, with a group of friends in Hawaii, figured out how to board suicidally large waves of 70 and 80 feet. Casey follows Laird’s journey as these big wave surfers seek to conquer the holy grail of their sport, a 100-foot wave.
“The devices meant to float at sea and capture the waves’ power have been destroyed by the waves."
MUST READ IF: you are curious about the power of the ocean, climate change, enjoy surfing, or are fascinated by the science behind waves.
3. The Inconvenient Indian By Thomas King
This book is a history of the relationship between North America’s Natives and non-Natives in the centuries since the peoples first met. Perhaps it’s better described as a subversion of history, as King builds a detailed case for how Natives have been, and continue to be, trampled by non-Aboriginal people. He scathingly debunks the role given to Natives in contemporary history and convincingly shows that Natives have been duped, massacred, assimilated, and dealt with deceitfully since the start of colonization — and, he stresses, this continues today. This book is full of great detail, anecdotes, and humour, written with the uninformed reader in mind.
“More to the point, they get to make their mistakes as individuals and not as representatives of an entire race.”
MUST READ IF: you have little understanding of Aboriginal history and believe that Europeans “discovered” the continent. The attitude of both Native and non-Native individuals regarding Native history needs to change dramatically.
2. Into The Wild By Jon Krakauer
Into the Wild recounts the real story of Christopher McCandles who roams into the wild after graduating from university. He donates his $25,000 in savings to charity and lives off the land in Alaska. The story of McCandles helps us look at our own lives and question whether we are fulfilling our own goals and desires or if we are conforming to what society wants us to be.
“Happiness is only real when shared.”
“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism.
“I think careers are a 20th century invention and I don’t want one.”
MUST READ IF: you believe that there is more to life than money and having a typical career.
1. A House In The Sky By Amanda Lindhout
A House in the Sky is a memoir by Canadian, Amanda Lindhout who recounts her experience in southern Somalia as a hostage of militants from the Hizbul Islam fundamentalist group. Lindhout’s bravery and optimism will leave you in awe. Her story will change the way you look at like and will push you to use what you have to make a difference in the lives of others and to simply appreciate the most simple, yet beautiful things in life. It is soon to be a movie starring Rooney Mara.
“Nothing had changed and so had everything.”
“It’s only your body that’s suffering, and you are not your body. The rest of you is fine.”
“By concentrating on what I was grateful for, I was able to stave off despair.”
MUST READ IF: you need a reminder about how fortunate we are to have freedom.