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

Biographies and Real Events

Book title: 1982 by Jian Ghomeshi Book title: Cobain on Cobain Interviews and Encounters by Nick Soulsby Book title: Fashion is Freedom How a Girl from Tehran Broke the Rules to Change her World by Tala Rassi Book title: She Made Me Laugh  My Friend Nora Ephron by Richard Cohen Book title: The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schummer

Health and Nutrition

Book title: Making Life Easy by Christiane Northrup MD. Book title: Superfood Snacks by Julie Morris Book title: The Food Babe Way by Vani Hari  Book title: The Perfect Blend by Tess Masters  Book title: Woman's Health Big Book of Yoga by Kathryn Budig

Female Friendships

Book title: Fly Away by Kristin Hannah Book title: Nantucket Nights by Elin Hilderbrand Book Title: Summer Friends by Holly Chamberlin Book title: The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society by Darien Gee Book title: Wildwood by Drusilla Campbell

Favourite TV Shows

DVD Criminal Minds Season 11 DVD Desperate Housewives Season 8 DVD Entourage Season 8 DVD Greys Anatomy Season 12 DVD  Shameless Season 6

Read-Aloud Children's Picture Books

Book title: A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke Book title: Finklehopper Frog by Irene Livingston Book title: Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian Book title: The Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy

Biographies and Real-Life Events

Book Title: Ascent of Women by Sally Armstong Book title: Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali Book title:  Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry Book title: Seductive Poison by Deborah Layton Book title: Stonewall Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum

Health and Nutrition

Book title: 1000 Juices Green Drinks and Smoothies by Deborah Gray. Book title: 50 More Ways to Soothe Yourself with Food by Susan Albers Book title: Hungry Girl Diet Cookbook by Lisa Lillen Book title:  Our Bodies Ourselves Informing and Inspiring Women Across Generations by Boston Womens Health Collective Book title: Pretty Happy by Kate Hudson

Dramatic Fiction

Book Title: All is not Forgotten by Wendy Walker Book title: Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman Book title: Good as Gone by Amy Gentry Book title: In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume Book title: The Sacrifice by Joyce Carol Oates

Horror/Disturbing Fiction

Book title: American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis Book title: Horns by Joe Hill Book title: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King Book title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman Book title: The Sleep Room by F R Tallis

Female Friendship

Book title: Between Sisters by Cathy Kelly Book title: Summer Sisters by Judy Blume Book title: The Honk and Holler Opening Soon by Billie Letts Book title: The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March Book title: The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner