The Leisure Seeker – Michael Zadoorian

It is a funny and touching read about an elderly couple, who have been happily married for more than 60 years. Now in their 80s and in failing health, they sneak away from their adult children and their doctors, and away from their home in the Detroit suburbs for a forbidden journey of rediscovery. I felt as if I really knew the characters and that they were people I could encounter in real life. I loved this book. (submitted by DD)

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Somewhere Inside: one sister’s captivity in North Korea and the other’s fight to bring her home

A must-read, written by sisters Laura and Lisa Ling. Not much was said in the media about Laura’s experience, both during and after her captivity. What little I heard about her experience made me curious and I just had to read her story. You won’t be able to put the book down once you start reading. (submitted by LL)

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Bet Me – Jennifer Cruise

This is one of my favourite books.  I have read it at least another half-dozen times since I first read it. It is a “chick lit” novel, but don’t let this genre scare you off. The main story is focused around Min Dobbs and Cal Morrisey, who meet because of a bet made by Min’s ex-boyfriend. At  times the book reads like a modern day fairy tale, including villains that try to keep them apart and a fairy godmother.  If you are looking for a light feel-good read, definitely place this book on your list. (submitted by SC)

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I love this great graphic novel series about life in a public library and its library workers at the Mallville Public Library. I especially like how Dewey the Youth Librarian does everything but properly help the public. It is a humorous read about what the library staff deals from the public on a daily basis, and how you can expect not to be treated.  You can also read it daily here – including the archives. (submitted by MH)

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Inside the Kingdom: my life in Saudi Arabia

When I picked up this audiobook, I was under the impression that it was the biography of Osama Bin Ladin’s wife. However, Carmen Bin Ladin is his former sister-in-law. She writes about her life in Saudi Arabia, being married to Osama’s brother Yeslam, finally getting divorced, and escaping with her three daughters to Switzerland. Carmen talks about the lives of women in Saudi Arabia. By custom they are mostly confined to their homes and most of their time is spent praying, reading Koran, and raising children. I started listening to this audiobook on my commute home, but found myself captivated so much that I ended up listening to it at home. A beautifully written memoir that will keep you engaged and might just help you get through tons of house chores without even noticing. (submitted by IS)

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The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein

If you ever wondered what your dog is thinking, this book is for you!  I fell in love with Enzo the lab-terrier mix, as he cheerfully fit into the Swift’s family life. What follows is heartbreak, loss, and ultimately, redemption. This book is a page-turner, easy to read, and captivating. A must-read for a dog lover or someone who dreams of becoming a car racer! (submitted by IM)

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Come, Thou Tortoise – Jessica Grant

I read this book recently during one of those day-long rainy days and found it a welcome follow-up to a long stint with sober non-fiction. The cast of characters reads like the dramatis personae of a Canadian indie film – tortoise, Newfoundlander, lopsided man, Brits, inventor, and man with Rip-van-Winkle beard – and maybe that’s why this book is so charming. The offbeat writing also has a lot to do with the appeal. The narrator – Audrey “Oddly” Flowers – has a quirky relationship with words that makes the book read like she thinks, complete with self-edits. The other narrator is a tortoise. If you liked The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, you’ll like this book. Even if Haddon’s writing was not your cup of tea, consider picking up Come, Thou Tortoise for the airplane scene, at least – it’s hilarious. (submitted by LH)

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