One of my earliest memories is weekly visits to the local library with my Dad. Every Saturday we visited Vancouver's Fraser Street branch where I walked out with a stack of books. I read whatever I could get my hands on - although I had to sneak some YA titles (Judy Blume's "Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret" for one) past his eagle eyes. That early introduction to books shaped my career as a writer and editor, and gave me a lifelong passion for reading.
I've always treasured my books and have built a library that's a mix of novels, autobiographies, travel guides and fashion reads. I'm not a snob about what I read, but I'm always gobsmacked when I hear someone say - "Oh I don't read. I don't have time." While I don't read as often as I'd like, it's right up there with visiting friends, eating out and going to the movies. I've always had the best conversations with a well-read mind.
One of my favourite places to read, other than snuggled up in bed, is on my balcony. I love the breeze and the sounds of the city traffic teeming below as I enter another century or city through the pages.
The four books below are among my Summer 2017 favourites. I recommend all of them for totally different reasons. I try to switch up the type of book I read every time to keep it fresh.
What are you reading? I love to hear recommendations. I've already got a few loaded up on my iPad for fall plane trips. And a few to tuck into my work bag (another read of The Handmaids Tale) for subway trips. Please share!