Brace yourself, Savvy Readers. Daylight Saving Time is coming….
If you haven’t already heard, clocks turn back on Sunday, November 4th. Yes, that likely means that it’s going to get darker much earlier, and yes that also means that work days are going to feel a lot longer, BUT that just means there’s going to be one extra hour of time to read, right? If you’re looking for some books to help keep you company while your sleep patterns adjust to the time change, we’ve got you covered!
The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Picking up where he left off fifteen years ago in The Five People You Meet In Heaven, The Next Person You Meet In Heaven follows Annie – yes, that Annie – and her heavenly reunion with Eddie. I could go on and on about this book, but I’m not entirely sure there’s anything left to say about Mitch Albom and, in particular, this book, that hasn’t already been said. Is there anything better than curling up with a nice, fun, touching book after a long, cold day? I can’t think of anything I’d rather do.
Evergreen Tidings from the Baugartners by Gretchen Anthony
I know, I know, it’s November 1st, but the one hill that I will die on is that it is NEVER too early to start talking about Christmas, and this novel has a loose connection to the holiday season. So, with that, I present to you Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners! Violet, matriarch of the Baumgartner family, is hell-bent on throwing the perfect retirement party for her husband, and nothing will stop her. – not even her daughter Cerise revealing a secret in front of two-hundred guests, and not even her attempts to wrest back control of her family that often end up (hilariously) blowing up in her face.
Born Into It by Jay Baruchel
You likely know Jay Baruchel as the stoner best friend in all of those Seth Rogen movies, but did you know that, beyond his long, hilarious career in comedy, Jay is actually a write – and fan of the Montreal Canadiens – first and foremost? In this hilarious new memoir, Jay Baruchel explores his lifelong obsession with the Montreal Canadiens and why he continues to cheer for them despite the fact that they always seem to let him down. More than just a simple memoir, Born Into It is the perfect book for anyone who has even known what it feels like to love something – whether that be a sports team, a film franchise, or a writer – so much that you continue to support it despite their uncanny ability to disappoint you. Also, he writes hilarious letters to other NHL teams, and here’s one of them: “Dear Leafs, I hate you…like when you f*cking hate your cousin or something.”
Cujo by Curtis Joseph
Confession time: I am a massive Toronto Maple Leafs fan (yes, writing that sentence from Born Into It hurt my soul), and CuJo was my goalie growing up. Seriously, I remember playing street hockey and pretending I was Curtis Joseph in net. So, needless to say, I was a little excited about this one. More than just a simple hockey book, Cujo tells the story of Curtis Joseph – from being orphaned and growing up in a difficult situation to being passed on by every NHL team and still managing to crack the league in the most unlikeliest of manners – that most of us never knew. You definitely don’t need to be a hockey fan to appreciate Curtis Joseph’s life.
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
For some reason, when the weather gets cold and damp, I’m more inclined to pick up a work of literary fiction. It might just be one of my weird quirks, but I am so excited about the wonderful Barbara Kingsolver‘s Unsheltered. In this novel, Kingsolver explores the remarkable stories of two families from two different centuries that live on the same corner in New Jersey as they navigate what they believe to be the end of the world as they know it.
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
Okay, technically this one is considered a teen title, but I promise you won’t read a story more pressing or important this year. Set a year after 9/11, A Very Large Expanse of Sea follows Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim whose existence is reduced to painfully offensive stereotypes – for Shirin, rude stares, degrading comments, and physical violence has become the norm. As a result, Shirin has walled herself in, not allowing her to get close to other people and shutting herself off from the outside world. When she meets Ocean James, however, she flirts with the idea of letting her guard down. But are these two worlds reconcilable, or is she destined for more pain?
Hindsight by Justin Timberlake
Confession Time #2: I was raised in the boyband generation, and JT was my dude. In this book, JT combines an intimate, remarkable collection of anecdotes, reflections, and observations on his wild life and remarkable career with a collection of personal photographs and images that trace his entire life, both on and off the stage. Ranging from his childhood and career to relationships and performances, Hindsight is the ultimate book for anyone looking for creativity and inspiration. (And, of course, for N’Sync fans).
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
You’ve likely heard us talk a lot about this one, but it is just so good that we can’t shut up about it. Here’s the quick pitch: a man is summoned to Blackheath manor for a party. Instead, he discovers that a woman – Evelyn Hardcastle – has been murdered, and that it is up to him to figure out who the murderer is. The catch? He keeps living the same day over and over again, waking up inside the body of a different person each day. And, despite his best attempts, that cycle won’t stop until he’s able to save Evelyn and discover the identity of her murder. Yes, you read that right. It’s basically Groundhog Day meets Murder on the Orient Express, and I’m so here for it. If a novel that messes around with time isn’t the perfect Daylight Saving Time read, then I don’t know what is.
Family Trust by Kathy Wang
Stanley Huang – father, husband, ex-husband, and man who claims he’s worth a “small fortune” – has pancreatic cancer. Rather than rallying around him and supporting him in his last days, his wife, ex-wife, and children all try to get their hands on this “fortune” that they’ve heard about their whole lives. What follows is a compelling, beautifully crafted novel that explores the dynamics of career ambitions and cultural expectations while painting a portrait of a modern American family. If you liked dysfunctional Plumb family in The Nest, then you are in for a treat with Family Trust.
The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
If you were like me, you grew up reading the Chronicles of Narnia and wishing that you lived in fantasy realms and went on the same wild adventures that the characters went on. But one thing that I (we?) never considered was, what happens when they come back to the real world? That’s where Laura E. Weymouth‘s The Light Between Worlds starts – with Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell returning to their post-WWII lives after a six year journey in a strange and beautiful kingdom called the Woodlands. Struggling to adjust, the sisters are left to wonder whether they actually returned to their real world, or whether the weight of their worlds has pulled them under.
Well, that turned out to be a little more nostalgic than I expected! But, given that the clocks are rolling back an hour, maybe that’s fitting… How will you be spending your extra hour, Savvy Readers? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!