Sandra P.

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Sandra P.

Sandra P.

Reading has always been one of my favourite pastimes.  To me, there is no other activity that is more peaceful or relaxing than snuggling up with a great book.

Of course, as I just wrote that, I realized that much of what I read is neither peaceful nor relaxing.  I love dramatic fiction, gravitating most towards stories where families are dealing with a traumatic event that either draws them together or tears them apart.   Often the traumatic events are those of a criminal nature and often lead to me drifting into the psychological thriller genres.  And while I love the suspense of these books, there have been many of nights where I have been wide awake in bed, aware of every creak and rumble in my house, wishing that I had NEVER brought them home.

Thinking about that, I should maybe just stick with biographies for nighttime reading as they are usually a guaranteed hit for me.  I have always been interested in the lives that people have lived (entertainers, activists, historical figures, etc), their struggles, their victories, the stories they are compelled to tell and the style in which they tell them, hopefully with a laugh or two along the way.

I was an avid reader as a child and always, always had my favourites. However, also employed as a Library Technician with the school board, I have definitely found both laugh-out-loud and make-you-think titles that have become new favourites and that I have loved sharing with students. 

When I’m not reading, I love board games, bowling, concerts and live music, walking my dog and laughing with friends.

Books Lists

Dramatic Fiction

Book title: Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson Book title: Fatal by John Lescroart Book title: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult  Book title: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins  Book title: The Witches of New York by Ami McKay

Horror/Disturbing Fiction

Book title: Bird Box by Josh Malerman Book title: Hellgoing Stories by Lynn Coady Book title: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill Book title: The Doll Master and Other Tales of Terror by Joyce Carol Oates Book title: The Voice of the Night by Dean Koontz

Biographies and Real Events

Book title:  18 and Life on Skid Row by Sebastian Bach  Book title: A Quiet Roar by Heidi Redl Book title: Almost Interesting by David Spade Book title:  Black Lotus by Sil lai Abrams Book Title: Canada by Mike Myers

Dramatic Fiction

Book title: Blame by Jeff Abbott Book title: Our Little Secret by Roz Nay Book Title  The Girl Before by J P Delaney Book title: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Book title: The Widow by Fiona Barton

 

Past Lists

Various book and movie lists