Happy Summer! While it doesn’t quite feel like summer as I am writing this, I can feel it in the air and I know that the warm weather is just around the corner. I am writing this while eating fresh local raspberries and my garden and fridge are full of local vegetables.
But onto the books that I read this month, which there were some great ones. Be sure to share in the comments some of the best books you have been reading this month!
Birthday by Meredith Russo
This book is beautiful, and as I raced to finish it in the car as I couldn’t quite get in done on the bus my husband watched my clutch me chest in joy as I was filled with happiness. This book centres on two friends, born on the same day as we follow their birthday from 11 to 18 as they figure who they are, and who they are to each other. This book was painful at times, but it was also so hopeful.
This Place: 150 Years Retold edited by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm
This book is an anthology graphic novel that tells the history of what we call Canada, but from an Indigenous perspective. I learned so much from this book about people I should have learned about in school and it is a very sobering look into my country’s history.
The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates
I have been hearing Melinda Gates talk a lot on various podcasts and TV shows and everything she said was making me very excited for her book. I was not dissapointed as I found the book to be very poignant and I learned a lot about empowering women and especially the importance of contraception.
The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake
I haven’t read any middle grade books in a while and this was a great reintroduction to the age group. This is such a cute, summer novel about a girl discovering who she is and getting a new lease on life after getting a new heart.
I love organizing and decluttering books and while this probably won’t be “the last book on decluttering that I’ll ever need” it is a really good book on decluttering from start to finish. This book starts with going through the different blocks that people have to cleaning out there house and I thought it was a great way to start. She talks about how to make your way through each room, how to not wear yourself out, and what to do with everything that you are getting rid of.The book finishes with how to deal with the space that you now have left behind and it is a great way to finish up the entire process.
This is not the most interesting or exciting book on this list, but it is one that I definitely learned a lot from about the food that we eat and how the ways that we are farming and eating is building us up for a massive collapse of the food in the world.
Herding Cats (Sarah’s Scribbles, #3) by Sarah Andersen
If you are looking for a quick, cute, comic this is the book for you. I love this artist’s comics and this book was a great read in the bath one evening to destress and laugh a little. I can relate a lot to the main character and I love it so much.
Another food based non-fiction book this month and this one is all about the so called “hippie food” and how it influenced the world’s food and what everyone eats. As someone who eats a decent amount of what is known as weird and hippie food it was interesting to see where it started and how it infiltrated all the regular grocery stores and our day to day habits.
The Warehouse by Rob Hart
This fictional book set in a future where the world has become even worse there is one company that controls mostly everything, “Cloud”, the people who work there also live there and almost everything people buy is sent from Cloud. This book follows two characters who get jobs at Cloud for very different reasons and how this company is maybe darker than it seems. It is very obvious that this book is modeled after Amazon and after reading this book it makes you never want to purchase from them ever again.
What have you been reading and loving lately?