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    22 Books You Should Pick Up If You're Trying To Read More

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    1. A copy of The Autobiography of My Mother by Jamaica Kincaid, which is a powerful and evocative exploration of a woman's life on the Caribbean island of Domenica. It's intense and worth the read.

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    The Autobiography Of My Mother follows the life of Xuela Richardson, a woman whose mother died giving birth to her. We dive into a vivid first-person recounting of Xuela's life, from growing up essentially on her own to becoming a woman.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $20.80. Also available on Kindle.

    2. A copy of Joan Didion's Slouching Toward Bethlehem, which is a series of short essays that'll give you a taste of 1960s California dreamin'. If you're not feeling like sludging through a full-sized novel, you'll be pleased to know these essays are a breeze (and a pleasure) to read through.

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    Slouching Towards Bethlehem includes a total of 20 personal essays based around Didion's experiences in California. Rather than glorifying the golden land that California seemed to be in the '60s, Didion reflects, analyses, and even contradicts the facade of the glorious West with her honest observations.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $17 or Indigo for $17.31. Also available on Kindle.

    3. A copy of After Dark by Haruki Murakami (translated from Japanese to English by Jay Rubin). This international bestseller takes place over the course of one weird and dreamy night, and is one of those books you can fly right through.

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    After Dark blurs the line between reality and surrealism as we follow Mari Asai over the course of her late-night journey through metropolitan Tokyo. She meets several people along the way, including a retired female wrestler, a young sex worker, and members of the Chinese Mafia.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $21 or Indigo for $21. Also available on Kindle.

    4. A copy of Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil by John Berendt that’ll take you deep within the Southern States of America in the 1980s. It reads like a fictional novel, but is based on the true events surrounding the murder of Danny Hansford.

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    Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil takes place in Savannah, Georgia in the 1980s. Berendt actually goes to Savannah to investigate the murder of a local male sex worker, all while exploring the city and getting to know the eccentric characters who live there.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $18 or Indigo for $23. Also available on Kindle.

    5. A copy of Dawn that'll start you on your journey through the brilliant Xenogenesis trilogy. It's written by Octavia E. Butler, who was the first science fiction writer ever to receive the Genius Grant.

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    Dawn follows the story of Lilith Iyapo, who wakes up in a dystopian reality where humans are nearly extinct due to a nuclear war. She builds a relationship with the Oankali, an alien race, who try to help her.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $22.76. Also available on Kindle.

    6. A copy of In The Skin Of A Lion by Michael Ondaatje, a Sri Lanken-Canadian writer who has received about a billion literary rewards for his works. This is one of those books my high school English teacher made us read that made me think, "Dang, books are rad."

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    In The Skin Of A Lion depicts Toronto in the 1930s through the experiences of protagonist Patrick Lewis — including a chilling tale about the Bloor Viaduct bridge. Through a fictional retelling of Toronto's history, Ondaatje lends his voice to the immigrant workers who built the city from the ground up.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $19.47 or Indigo for $19.67. Also available on Kindle.

    7. A copy of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood that'll rock your world if "true crime" is basically your middle name. Capote (journalist and writer of Breakfast At Tiffany's) investigates a quadruple murder in Kansas to give us a detailed recount of the events that ensued.

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    In Cold Blood tells us the tragic story of how four members of the Clutter family were brutally murdered in Holcomb, Kansas, back in 1959. Through Capote's rigorous research and interviews, he reveals the lives of the victims and the murderers in this unnerving non-fictional narrative.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $20.79 or Indigo for $21. Also available on Kindle.

    8. The first volume of Seven To Eternity written by Rick Remender and illustrated by Jerome Opena. If you're looking for a dystopian graphic novel with wildly vivid and detailed artwork, please, read this.

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    Seven To Eternity follows Adam Osidis, a man on a mission to save his family from the Evil that controls their land. Chock-full with magical warriors and highly-detailed, beautifully pigmented illustrations, you'll be immersed the moment you look at the first page.

    There are only three volumes out (which is great for all you non-committals), but luckily, there are more on the way, with the fourth set to publish in January 2022.

    You can find the second and third volumes, and pre-order the fourth here.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $10.88. Also available on Kindle and comiXology.

    9. A copy of Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, that'll make you laugh at the absurdity of heartbreak, life, and death (y'know, all the juicy stuff). If you're looking to relate with a character going through a period of serious self-reflection, this quirky book might be the one for you.

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    High Fidelity introduces us to Rob Fleming (the protagonist), who is going through a bit of a rough patch in his life. After his girlfriend leaves him, he enters somewhat of an existential crisis that prompts him to reflect on his past relationships, and why they all went down the drain.

    Get it from Indigo for $23. Also available on Kindle.

    10. The Three-Body Problem trilogy by Cixin Liu (translated from Chinese to English by Ken Liu). It explores human society as the earth prepares for a future Alien invasion that is meant to occur 1,000 years from the start of the book.

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    The Three-Body Problem follows earth as they plan for an alien invasion that's set to happen in 1,000 years from the point of discovery. It embarks on a wild ride through an entire millennium, exploring human instinct, society, mystery, and Chinese history (with super-helpful footnotes to explain Chinese references that might go over your head if you aren't from China).

    Get the boxed set on Amazon Canada for $51.72 or Indigo for $51.84. (originally $71.50). You can also get the first, second, and third books separately (and on Kindle, too).

    11. The Saga compendium, written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples. Think: Epic space fantasy meets Romeo and Juliet, with a whole lot of bizarre encounters along the way.

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    Saga is super weird, super fast-paced, and super friggin fun to read. It follows the story of an unlikely couple from planets that have always been at war with each other. They have a kid, and chaos in their galaxy ensues. You'll meet a bunch of zany characters along the way, each of which is illustrated in the bright and satisfyingly crisp illustration style of Fiona Staples.

    If you're not ready to commit, you can also just get the first volume here.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $64.71 (originally $79.50). Also available on Kindle and ComiXology.

    12. The first volume of of Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo that'll awaken a deep appreciation for Neo-Tokyo and Japanese cyberpunk. If you've seen the film and loved it, you'll be pleased to discover it only covers the first of six volumes — meaning there is so much more story to delve into.

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    The Akira manga series follows an intense exploration of societal pressures within a post-apocalyptic (and futuristic) Neo-Tokyo. With a huge array of characters (some with super-human abilities), the manga largely focuses on the character development of Kaneda, Kei, and Tetsuo — along with gang violence, political corruption, and growing up.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $29.69. You can pick up the second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth volumes, too.

    13. A copy of Haroun And The Sea Of Stories by Salman Rushdie, which, disguised as a book easy enough for children to read, is dripping in rich allegory surrounding censorship and the ten years he spent in hiding after a fatwa was issued against him.

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    Haroun And The Sea Of Stories is a work of magic realism that follows a young boy named Haroun on his journey to understand the importance of voice. Along the way, he discovers two opposing kingdoms and an evil force that is trying to poison the literal sea of stories, where the legends and tales of the universe live.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $15.27 or Indigo for $17.02. Also available on Kindle.

    14. A copy of The Sculptor by Scott McCloud that'll make you bawl your eyes out. Don't worry, the photo on the right is from the first page (don't you dare go thinkin' I'd include any spoilers up in here).

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    The Sculptor follows David Smith, a desperate and dedicated artist who only has 200 days left to live (which might have something to do with a deal with Death). It's hard to say much about this story without giving anything away, so I'll just tell you this: I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I picked up this book, but was so glad I did. I finished it in a day, and cried. A lot. Which doesn't happen to me very often! So, please, if you're looking for something to channel your emotions into, check out this strange and beautiful graphic novel.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $22.47 (originally $34.50). Also available on Kindle.

    15. A copy of Womancode by Alisa Vitti that gave me some incredibly interesting insight about my body (and why my uterus hates my guts, literally). It has helped me gain ANY understanding of my endocrine system, which was essentially non-existent prior to reading this book.

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    Womancode offers a holistic approach to managing your hormones and feeling better in your body with nutrition advice. If you're experiencing health issues, obviously this book does not replace the important act of visiting a doctor, but if you're looking to do some extra research about your body, this is a good place to start!

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $15.08 or Indigo for $21. Also available on Kindle.

    16. A copy of Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, because it's just so iconic. If you've ever been interested in the war on drugs and the American dream, it's probably about time you pick this baby up.

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    Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas is a wild ride from start to finish. At first glance, it may just seem like ramblings of a drug-induced state of mind — but as you delve deeper into the novel, you start to see a larger narrative and analysis of what American culture was like in the 1960s.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $18.64 or Indigo for $18.83. Also available on Kindle.

    17. A copy of Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies, which is incredibly touching and a Pulitzer prize winner, so, I mean, what do you have to lose? It's a series of short stories, which is perfect if you're someone who has a hard time committing to an entire novel.

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    Interpreter Of Maladies is a collection of nine stories that deal with the pangs, sorrows, love, and complications between human beings. Lahiri's use of language is soft and beautiful, and reading each story is its own moving experience.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $22.35 or Indigo for $22.99.

    18. A copy of Watchmen, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons. If you are obsessed with the movie (or the HBO series), there's no doubt that you'd enjoy the original comic, too.

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    Much like the film, Watchmen investigates the murder of Edward "Eddie" Blake — aka The Comedian. We follow Rorschach, Doctor Manhattan, Nite Owl, and Silk Spectre as they confront mass destruction and death.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $33.99 or Indigo for $33.99.

    19. A ~replica~ of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, because if you've watched Blade Runner, you should probably read the book it's based on.

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    Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep follows Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter, as he tracks down fugitive androids in a post-war, nearly deserted San Fransico. In the process, he falls in love with Rachael (who is also an android), which makes him (and us!) question what it means to be human at all.

    Although that might sound just like the plot of the film, you'll discover super-cool elements that are exclusive to the book — like a mood machine, religious subplot, new characters, and a major focus on the concept of empathy.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $21.78 or Indigo for $22. Also available on Kindle.

    20. The first volume of Nausicaä, which was written and illustrated by Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki. This manga is actually credited for the foundation of Studio Ghibli — which produced popular films like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. The more you know!

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    Nausicaä follows Nausicaä, the princess of the Valley of the Wind. She takes her father's place as military chief, flies a super cool "jet-glider," and has a supernatural ability to communicate with animals. She questions the previous generations' choices, and fights to destroy their destructive technology.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $12.68 or Indigo for $17.99. Also available in the complete box set.

    21. A copy of Neuromancer that'll let you escape into a dystopian reality that isn't your own for once (woo!). It's one of the best examples of cyberpunk literature and basically a rite of passage for anyone who's into that kind of stuff.

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    To put it as simply as possible: William Gibson's Neuromancer follows an ex-console cowboy (aka a computer hacker) who was once a master at navigating through the Matrix. We find him at the end of his rope with nothing to live for, until he comes face to face with one last job that puts him up against a powerful AI.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $11.87 or Indigo for $11.99. Also available on Kindle.

    22. And finally, the complete Harry Potter collection, so you can finally understand why the books are better than the movies (sorry, not sorry). If you've already read them, then you can revisit your witchcraft and wizardry obsession time and time again with a light re-reading of the series.

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    Don't get me wrong, I'm literally obsessed with the Harry Potter movies, but there is just soOooOo much more in the books!

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $117.

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