January was a busy month for me. I spent the first half in Canada, exploring Edmonton and Vancouver; two places I can’t wait to return to, while I spent the second half playing catch-up at work. Despite this, however, I managed to quite a bit of reading done! Making time to read has really done my mental health and well-being some good and I can’t wait to dig into some new reads next month.
Wenjack- Joseph Boyden
This was a great choice for my first book of the year. Short and sweet, the story is about an indigenous Canadian boy, trying to find his way back from the family he was stolen from. We see his many trials not only through his eyes but through the eyes of the spirits that following him through the woods. A heartbreaking but beautiful read. Joseph Boyden has made space for a conversation often ignored, especially by those of us who are not from Canada.
13 Ways of Looking At A Fat Girl – Mona Awad
What a read! Besides the amazingly bold title, the thing that had me grabbing for this book was that every chapter was set in a different part of the main characters life, and spoke of a different person each time and how they both saw her body.
The Conjoined – Jen Sookfong Lee
This book is mind blowing, I loved it. The tale revolves around a young woman from Vancouver who discovers two bodies in her recently deceased mother’s freezer. Switching between time and narratives, the author gives us a complete view of the lives of the characters and how everything came to be.
Chasers Of The Light; Poems From The Typewriter Series – Tyler Knott Gregson
I’m in love with this book. I’m in love with the concept and the words. While browsing an antique store, Tyler Knott Gregson found an old typewriter, and using a page from an old book he was going to buy, typed up a poem; and the rest is history. Typed on bits of spare paper of blackout method, this book is filled with beautiful arrangments of words. I haven’t finished this book yet, as I intend to savour it, to indulge when I have the house to myself. But, I just had to include it in this post because I want to spread the love for this book as quickly as I can!
So there you have it guys, a list of books I read this January. What did you enjoy this month? Let me know in the comment section below, I love talking books and receiving recommendations! This year is all about literary exploration, and I can’t do it without you.