My Stack of Books

Working as a librarian means that at any given moment I have a stack of about 20 books waiting to be read. Lucky for you that means I have read some great titles since my last blog, so check out my newest recommendations, and continue to follow along as I read 100 books to celebrate Lethbridge Public Library’s 100th anniversary.

Tears of the Trufflepig – Fernando A. Flores. This novel felt like a road trip into the future, where a widower living on the Mexican side of the now built US border wall, wanders into a strange underground obsessed with reviving extinct creatures.

Becoming Dr. Seuss – Brian Jay Jones. Dr. Seuss the beloved children’s author is remembered for his classics, The Cat in the Hat, The Grinch, and Horton Hears a Who. However, most people do not know that Theodor Geisel had a radical side, writing political cartoons, and sharing his personal convictions, throughout his books—remember the environmentalist of The Lorax?

The Flatshare – Beth O'Leary. Tiffy and Leon are newly sharing an apartment together, the only problem, they have never actually met each other. One works at night and the other during the day, so they start to get to know each other by leaving handwritten notes. Along the way, the notes become more than just a reminder to put the toilet seat down, to a friendship, and maybe something more.

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted – Robert Hillman. A beautiful novel about love, family, and forgiveness in 1960s Australia. When a lonely farmer meets a woman determined to open the first bookstore his town, he is confronted with his own past, all while helping her to overcome her memories of surviving the holocaust.

Chop Suey Nation – Ann Hui. In 2016, Globe and Mail reporter Ann Hui drove across Canada, from BC to Newfoundland to write about small-town Chinese restaurants and the families who run them. Having discovered her own parents had owned a restaurant before she was born, Ann was on a mission to understand her parent’s life from China to Canada.