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  • Writer's pictureStefanie Barnfather

Monthly Reads

Looking for book recommendations?

Check out what I read in August.



FIFTY-FOUR PIGS by Philipp Schott


Loved. This.


Canadian Writer?

Check.

Exceptional Storytelling?

Check.

Engaging Content?

Check.


Dr. Peter Bannerman, Manitoban veterinarian/amateur sleuth, is on the case again! -- even though his sci-fi knitting wife and RCMP brother-in-law don't want him to be. After the pig massacre at his bestie's farm, Peter feels it's his duty to discover who cooked the hams and why -- but the truth becomes tangled when drugs, money and snowbound death crank up the barbecue.


If you love quirky introverts, snappy pacing and witty dialogue, I highly recommend.



BOOK LOVERS, PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION and BEACH READ by Emily Henry


It's an Emily Henry triple-header, friends!


Summer Romance?

Yup.

Steamy Intimacy?

You bet.

Clever Patter?

The cleverest.


When main characters take magical trips to connect with places and people unknown, fall for the guy they're desperately trying to resist and undergo a hard self-realization in the process you've got an Emily Henry book. Even though summer's almost over, there's still time to enjoy this fine female's fiction.


My personal favourite is her recent release, BOOK LOVERS. Oh, mama!



MACHINES LIKE ME by Ian McEwan


This book is exceptional.


Alternate Timeline?

Hell ya.

Morally-grey Protagonist?

Damn straight.

Moving Literary Prose?

Abso-fucking-lutely.


When Charles Friend buys one of the first Alan Turing AI Adams in alternate 1980s Briton he's looking for a new source of entertainment. What he gets is a companion, an intellectual -- and competition.


If you enjoy complex characters interwoven with twisted history you need to read this novel. Thought-provoking and deeply disturbing, MACHINES LIKE ME is a meaty read.



THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD by Margaret Atwood


The second exciting tale within the MaddAddam trilogy -- loved it.


Female-identifying Canadian Author?

Yay!

Dystopian Futuristic Fiction?

Double yay!

Lyrical Words That Flow Along The Page Like The Waters That Will Eventually Wipe Out Humanity?


Yay?


In a post-catastrophic society Toby and Ren navigate challenges within their devastated world as they live in the past through their too-vivid memories. The narration is poignant and emphasizes the need for humans to respect nature -- before it's too late.


If you enjoy poetic page-turners with a hint of holy-shit-we're-doomed, pick up THE YEAR OF THE FLOOD.


Hope these recommendations lead you to a happily-reader-after. Next month I'm going a little darker -- can't wait to share what I discover.



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