The Reading List—July 2021

Now it is officially summer! Places across the world have started re-opening as more people have received their first or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccines.  Things are slowly starting to look a little more normal.  So while many of us continue with virtual plans, in-person outdoor plans, sitting in your basement trying to cool off or camping trip plans, bring one of these books with you while you begin your summer adventures!

The World Needs More Canada by Heather Reisman

July marks an important month for Canada.  If you are looking for a book to celebrate Canada Day, try this one! This book gives a mix of storytellers who come together to tell us why they think the world needs more of Canada.  I’ll admit I am a bit biased as I think Canada is an amazing place to live in.  However, we’re not perfect and there is room for improvement.  Read this book and celebrate Canada with this collection of funny, inspirational, and touching stories, photos, and dreams by Canadians across Canada.  Happy Canada Day!

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Last month I recommended the book, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  If you liked that book, this is a must read for you! Five Feet Apart is a story that is similar to The Fault in Our Stars where two teenagers fall in love.  However, in this story there is a complication, they have to be within five feet of each other in other to keep each other alive.  This book is also a movie that is available on Netflix for those who like to read the book and watch the movie!

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

For those looking for a fantasy adventure novel, this is a must read!  A story written by Yann Martel in the early 2000s about Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, a boy who examines spirituality at an early age.  A page turner for all fantasy fans! One of the top fantasy novels in the 2000s and is recommended to everyone.  A fun fact, this is also a movie!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson

A story mixed with murder mystery and family sagas, the story starts with the disappearance of Harriet Vanger in Sweden.  Harriet’s uncle goes on a mission to find Harriet as he believed she was murdered.  A catchy, intriguing, and mysterious story about the hidden within a society.  The story also examines the in-depth lives of the characters and the problems they face.  A book that all mystery fans will love! As with the other two books, this book is also available to watch as a movie.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

A must read for all sci-fi lovers!  A bestselling science fiction comedy that examines the adventures of Arthur Dent as the last man on earth.  A story about earth demolishing out of the blue as it makes way for a hyperspace bypass.  Douglas Adams brings readers on one of the wildest trips across the galaxy.  If you’re looking for a science fiction novel to try, look no further, this is the one!

Happy summer reading!