Last week I sent out an email to my friends, including all the people who receive my Scribe Notes requesting book suggestions for the summer.

I got so many great suggestions and I wanted to share them here with you, in case you’re looking for a few good reads.  What a diverse mix of interests people have!  I was pleased to see a number of books I already read and enjoyed and to learn of others I’d never encountered, but want to consume!

Thanks to everyone who recommended new titles.  There’s a couple of years worth of reading in this list alone!

What my friends are reading this summer:

Besides my brother Chris, I’d say Sheila is one of my most well-read friends who always has a title to suggest.  She touted Harper Lee’s long awaited Go Set A Watchmen, The Day the Crayons Came Home, Where All Light Tends to Go, All the Light We Cannot See, Brain On Fire and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

Amy suggested:  Shadow of the Wind,  The Book Thief,  The Graveyard,  Stardust, Romeo and Juliet and was hoping to  get to The 100YearOld Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared.

Robert suggested Vanishing Grace by Philip Yancey and had some sweet film suggestions: Woman in Gold,  the German film Phoenix, The Imitation Game, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Philomena.

Hannah convinced me to finish The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, which I began as an audio book on a long, long drive but never got around to finish (I find it difficult to get through an audio book in time on a library loan). It won the Pulitzer, so might be worth completing, eh?

Rob recommended Prairie Sunset, A Story of Change. He describes it as “a coffee table picture book with a difference.” Written by Dion Manastyrski it is a collection of photographs and interviews about the disappearing family farm on the Canadian prairies.

If you’re not intimidated by 600 page books, then you should consider The Illustrated History of Canada, recommended by Wayne.  I’m game, but just need the time! He also recommended Jezebel, by Bob Larson, Dream Language by James W. and Michael Ann Goll and some historical fiction, A Call to Arms by Allan Mallinson.

The incredibly creative Sue had the following in her queue: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg and Paris by Edmond Rutherford. She recommended a 9/11 play called 110 Stories that I’d really like to get to. She also highlighted Left to Tell by Immaculee llibagiza, the unforgettable story of a young woman who lives through the Rwandan genocide.

Books Heather couldn’t put down included The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom and Destiny Disrupted, by Tamim Ansary, one of my personal all-time favourites A Tale of Two Cities, and An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth, by Chris Hadfield.

Do you have a reading recommendation for me?

If so, drop me an email at or include your suggestions in the comment section below!

I’m always looking for new books to add to my ever-growing list!

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