It’s summer and there’s finally time to read something that’s not on your syllabus. But what to pick when you both want to unwind and catch up on the titles you’ve missed in the last year?
Whether you’re looking for quick reads or something longer, whether you’re longing for advice or mythology or horror, The Squirrel has you covered!
1. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman
In this new take on East and South Asian mythology and folklore, 16 bestselling writers have their short stories span across fantasy, sci-fi, romance and more. Along with each contemporary version of a myth, you also get a summary of the original.
Available at Toronto Public Library.
2. Creative Quest, by Questlove
Drummer, DJ and creative all-rounder Questlove’s inspirational Creative Quest was called the most anticipated book by many last year. Drawing from both his own experience and what he’s learned from others around him, and blending this with philosophies of creativity, Questlove guides us how to best lead a creative life.
Available at John M. Kelly Library, Hart House Library and Toronto Public Library.
3. The Princess Saves Herself in This One, by Amanda Lovelace
This is poetry that makes sense even if you’re not used to reading poems. In all its simplicity, the book shows in beautiful and painful words the process of resilience.
Available at UTS Library Information Centre, Hart House Library and Toronto Public Library.
4. The Marrow Thieves, by Cherie Dimaline
Looking for a novel-length dystopia to sink into on your day off? In Cherie Dimaline’s near future, Indigenous people are hunted for their bone marrow because it will help humanity recover the ability to dream. Frenchie and a group of others travel north and try to stay hidden — but the enemy may be closer than they realize.
Available at U of T Libraries, Hart House Library and Toronto Public Library.
5. When I Arrived at the Castle, by Emily Carroll
Emily Carroll’s gothic horror graphic novel starts off with an eerie Edgar Allan Poe-feeling, but then goes somewhere completely different. The fairy-tale-like story weaves several threads together to raise questions about what evil is and who is whom. This is a quick read that stays with you.
Available at New College Library and Toronto Public Library.