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

Horror/Disturbing Fiction

Book title: A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho Book title: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk Book title: Harmless by James Grainger Book title: The Troop by Nick Cutter Book title: What Was She Thinking Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller.

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


Past Lists

Various book lists