Easter Long Weekend Reading

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Spring is here and so is the long weekend! I love everything about this holiday; the start of spring, the chocolate, spending time with family… Easter is all about starting things anew, and opening a new book can be the perfect way kick off the long weekend. Whatever you’re looking for, here are some greats books to read this weekend!

Get Lost in an Great Story

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

A novel that’s almost larger than life, Beautiful Ruins is the perfect book to get lost in this long weekend. In the 1960’s a dying actress comes to a small Italian island to die. In modern day Hollywood, an elderly Italian man turns up on a movie set looking for the same woman. Covering so many lives and so many different places (dive bars in London, the set of Cleopatra, a hidden island in Italy), this is a  novel that captures life’s complexity and beauty. Spanning years and continents, Beautiful Ruins is a grand, epic novel about love, second chances and the choices we make.

The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

From the author of Secret Daughter, The Golden Son follows Anil, who grew up in rural India and becomes a doctor in the United States. When a medical mistake has grave consequences, Anil returns home and reconnects with his childhood friend Leena, but events from the past complicate their relationship. Vivid and engrossing, The Golden Son lives up to the high bar Secret Daughter set.

Share the Weekend with these Unconventional Families

Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

Frank is a precocious nine year old who dresses in top hats and lives off of classic Hollywood films. Mimi is his reclusive writer mother who is attempting to finally write her second novel. Alice is the publishing assistant sent to help out. Utterly charming and heartwarming, Be Frank With Me is poignant while still being fun and humourous.

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

The Nest follows the dysfunctional Plumb family, who find their visions of the future shattering in front of them when the mistake of their older brother diminishes their trust fun, the Nest. Addicting and well written, The Nest is about distant family members at odds with one another, but it’s also about family coming together.

Room by Emma Donoghue

I wish all books could be like Room. Definitely a book never to be forgotten, Room is told through the eyes of 5 year old Jack, who lives in Room with Ma. For Jack, Room is the whole world. For Ma, it’s a prison. Kidnapped as a teenager, Ma has done her best to make their world a great place for Jack, but Room just isn’t big enough. Amidst tragedy, this is a story of familial love and how it can save you. The movie is amazing as well and a great pick for movie night.

Get Outdoors

Change Up by Buck Martinez

Baseball season starts April 3rd, and Buck Martinez’s memoir is the perfect way to get geared up for the season ahead. For nearly 50 years Buck has been immersed in the world of baseball as a player, manager and broadcaster, and Change Up offers his insights on his favourite game.

Food to Grow by Frankie Flowers

Have you always wanted to grow your own fruits and vegetables but never knew where to start? Gardener extraordinaire Frankie Flowers’ newest book is a simple and informative how-to guide for everyone who wants to bring out their green thumb but needs a little help.


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