You can never go wrong with giving one of your favourite books as a gift. Whatever the genre, they can be some of the most meaningful gifts of the year and, you will see, that our favourites run the gamut from self-care to cookbooks to sizzling bestsellers.


THINK LIKE A MONK by Jay Shetty: This author traded up his corporate life for one of learning from monks when he learned that they were amongst the happiest in the world. Subsequently, he went on a journey to seek out the how and why’s. This book offers various approaches and thoughts on such topics as actively seeking out and surrounding yourself with people with the same values. Recognizing the difference in negativity in people. Understanding the importance of what you choose to do with your time every day. Realistic and action inspiring. Great for anyone on your list seeking a more meaningful and purposeful life ~ Sonya’s Pick.

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PATIENT ZERO by Marilee Peters: The updated edition of Marilee Peter’s original Patient Zero focuses on how the deadly COVID-19 pandemic got its start, everyone loves an origin story, and this one is certainly a page-turner. Designed for bigger kids, this YA effort from Canada’s west coast brings science and facts to the forefront, in language that’s concise and peppered with art that is edgy and intelligent~ Libby’s Pick

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Crying IN H Mart by Michelle Zauner: Popular indie musician, Michelle Zauner – better known as Japanese Breakfast- writes a debut memoir that details her experience of growing up Korean American, the heartbreak of losing her mother and her only connection to her Korean heritage while forging her own identity. In many ways, I connected to this open and honest ode to food, family, grief, loss, strength, endurance and, ultimately, finding a way to carry on without your north star. I cried, I laughed and cried some more as I read this book and was buying it for friends before I had even finished. – Carole’s Pick

Over the Boards- Lessons From the Ice by Hayley Wickenheiser : The single most inspiring hockey player we know, Hayley Wickenheiser is a goddess of the sport and life. Turning an insanely successful professional hockey playing career into now becoming a medical doctor and expert the Maple Leafs turn to, Hayley has inspired a legion of fans, both male and female into being resilient, and her book offers insight into how she finds such relentless determination. Goosebumps! ~ Libby’s Pick

Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel: Set amid the most turbulent social and political period of modern times, Ninth Street Women is the impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic, always exhilarating chronicle of five women (Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler) who dared to enter the male-dominated world of twentieth-century abstract painting — not as muses but as artists. From their cold-water lofts, where they worked, drank, fought, and loved, these pioneers burst open the door to the art world for themselves and countless others to come. ~ Sonya’s Pick

I’ll Take Your Questions Now by Stephanie Grisham: Okay, I admit this was a juicy read by a former press secretary within the Trump administration. While she’s not the first insider to pen a “tell-all” she does start off by explaining her love/hate relationship with the First Family and how she respected them (to a point) but wants to never see them again. So many of our questions answered…what Melania is really like, the tension between the First Lady and the First Daughter, how Covid was handled internally and why the eff these reasonably smart people worked their asses off for this administration. So, so much more of what happened behind the closed doors from this one person’s experience. I actually listened to this one as an audiobook – as told by the author herself. ~ Sonya’s Pick

Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katharine May: Sometimes you slip through the cracks: unforeseen circumstances like an abrupt illness, the death of a loved one, a breakup, or a job loss can derail a life. These periods of dislocation can be lonely and unexpected. For May, her husband fell ill, her son stopped attending school, and her own medical issues led her to leave a demanding job. Wintering explores how she not only endured this painful time but embraced the singular opportunities it offered. A moving personal narrative shot through with lessons from literature, mythology, and the natural world, May’s story offers instruction on the transformative power of rest and retreat. Illumination emerges from many sources: solstice celebrations and dormice hibernation, C.S. Lewis and Sylvia Plath swimming in icy waters and sailing arctic seas. ~ Sonya’s Pick

The Thursday Murder Club & The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman: For mystery fans, believe the hype and give the gift of The Thursday Murder Club and The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman. Absolutely pitch-perfect cozies with great characters and great plotting. These books are funny, too, so they hit all the bases. I envy anyone who has these to look forward to reading. ~ Nathalie’s Pick

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson. And for young adult mystery fans, Maureen Johnson’s trilogy Truly Devious is a great read with a diverse group of characters with brains and moxie. ~ Nathalie’s Pick

Perfume: A Century of Scents by Lizzie Ostrom. For history buffs, fashionistas or perfume-lovers, I really enjoyed Perfume: A Century of Scents by Lizzie Ostrom. It’s both a fabulous resource and a walk down a scented memory lane. She is so good at situating a scent in its cultural and historical context. It’s funny, irreverent and erudite. ~Nathalie’s Pick

Wayward by Dana Spiotta. For your women friends in midlife who have Just. Had. Enough. Dana Spiotta’s Wayward is the story of a woman who walks out of her marriage just to have some time alone. Who can relate?! Billed as a novel about menopause, it hits so many of the frustrations of the woman in midlife. Compassionate, funny and well-paced, the perfect Boxing Day escape. ~Nathalie’s Pick

Ghosts by Dolly Alderton. This is one I’ve recommended often since I read it. She takes the romcom and puts it in the blender. Hilarious, poignant and full of female friendships that sustain. ~Nathalie’s Pick

Cookies I Have Loved by Julie Van Rosendaal: To know Julie is to adore Julie, she’s the real deal, whether she’s breaking bad (butter) and investigating best-baking practices, or inspiring those in her community and country to do more. She launches this tasty tribute to my favourite baked goods, the noble cookie just in time for ovens to come alive for the holiday season. Notably ONLY selling her books through her site or independent book stockists, Julie is single-handedly taking on Amazon, so throw her some love, and get that butter to room temp. ~ Libby’s Pick