The Stack

I’ve always been a bookworm, and used to insist on new books. I love fresh, new books. ALL MINE. Cracking it open. Smelling that smell. You know. I know you know.
However, since realizing how expensive books are (and hello, I may not even like it?), I’ve started borrowing from the library.

Conveniently, when I moved back to Halifax after 4 years living in Montreal, my apartment faced a giant hole, which within a year would become the new Halifax Central Library! So… ultra convenient. I can put books on hold on their website, get an email that they’re waiting for me, and within 10 mins of throwing on my jacket, I can be back on my couch diving in to a new story. For the last few years, it’s been mainly Scandinavian crime fiction – especially Jo Nesbø (so wonderfully terrifying).

Already I’ve read more books this year than in all of 2016… 27 and counting! :O

So here’s my borrowed stack of personal happiness for 2017. Feel free to recommend some gems!


  • The Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indriðason
  • Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason
  • The Orenda by Joseph Boyden (in progress)from Joe’s collection, not the library


  • Voices by Arnaldur Indriðason
  • Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
  • Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell 
  • The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell
  • The White Lioness by Henning Mankell 
  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (SO GOOD!!!)
  • Daring Greatly by Brené Brown


  • The Man who Smiled by Henning Mankell
  • Sidetracked by Henning Mankell
  • Fifteen Dogs by André-Alexis (Canada Reads 2017 Winner!) (Heartbreaking)
  • The Fifth Woman by Henning Mankell
  • One Step Behind by Henning Mankell
  • Before the Frost by Henning Mankell


  • Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indriðason
  • Company Town by Madeline Ashby (Canada Reads 2017)
  • The Break by Katherena Vermette (Canada Reads 2017) (in progress)
  • The Right to Be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier (Canada Reads 2017) (in progress)
  • Outrage by Arnaldur Indriðason
  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert


  • Witches of New York by Ami McKay
  • The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay
  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (UGH! My heart.)
  • Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald (UGH! My heart again.)
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (unexpectedly fascinating, and highly recommended for all girls and women – and dudes, why not)




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