Virginia S.

Home PageLocation and HoursContact UsCalendarE BooksHear Our SiteCity of Belleville


Virginia S.

I am a pretty eclectic reader and I can’t say that I have a favourite genre. My favourite books tend to be literary classics like The Great Gatsby, Catcher in the Rye, and 1984, and classics of children’s literature like The Chronicles of Narnia and The Phantom Tollbooth. Though I will also read nonfiction and YA fiction. I also really enjoy reading fiction from the late 19th and early 20th centuries like L. M. Montgomery and Jules Verne. I think these books can give you a true feeling of what life was like for regular people at the time; they can teach you how people in this period thought, spoke, and interacted, as well as small details like what they wore and how they styled their hair. I like to read these books both as fiction and as historical documents because they give such a clear snapshot of the past.

Speaking of historical documents, I have a Masters in the History of Medicine and focused on the history of public health, so if you ever happen to be looking for some good nonfiction books about Victorian medicine, I am the person to ask. I also enjoy horseback riding, hiking, cooking, movies, TV shows, and music.  

Reading Lists

Must-Read History

Book title: A History of Iraq by Charles Tripp Book title: A Short History of Canada by Desmond Morton. Book title: Paris 1919 by Margaret MacMillan Book title: The Making of Modern Medicine by Michael Bliss Book title: The Penguin History of the World by J. M Roberts

To be Read/Watched Pile

Book title: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Book title: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald Book title: The Doctor's Sweetheart and Other Stories by LM Montgomery DVD Victoria Book title: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

Stuff I’ve read recently

Book title: Chocolate Wars by Deborah Cadbury Book title: My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz Book title: Strength Training Bible for Women by David Kirschen Book title: The 300 Calorie Cookbook by Betty Crocker Book title: The Horse Lover's Encyclopedia by Jessie Haas

More Favourite Books

Book title: High Fidelity by Nick Hornby Book title: Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce Book title: The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery Book Title: The Encylopedia of the Horse by Elwyn Hartley Edwards Book title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


Past Lists

Various Book Lists

Various TV/Movie Lists