The Borrowed 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…!

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)
  • Nostalgia by M.G. Vassanji (Canada Reads 2017) (in progress)
  • The Right to Be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier (Canada Reads 2017)
  • Outrage by Arnaldur Indriðason
  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker

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