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2023 Favourite Reads

2023 Favourite Reads

The winter is here, and sometimes it demands we stay under our blankets. I think it is such a great time to catch up on some of the books that we may have been hoping to get to and yet keep putting off. To help everyone with that, we at mindyourmind asked our colleagues about some of their favourite reads, and everyone came through with great recommendations! So, as we move into colder days, we offer this list of our team's favourite books so you can cosy into your blanket and amp up your reading this holiday season!

Valentina’s pick: 

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown | Genre: Self-Help

“This book explains how embracing who we are takes courage, and we should see vulnerability as a strength. It helps to let go of the need for perfection and teaches us how to practise compassion and self-love. It truly changed my perspective on who I am and life!”

Heather’s pick: 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens | Genre: Fiction

“This tells the story of a brave and resourceful girl growing up in the marshlands.  Set in the 50's, it illustrates the divide in race, gender, class and socioeconomic status. An unsolved mystery keeps the reader engaged until the end, I couldn't put it down!”

Rehnuma’s pick:

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke | Genre: Fantasy / Adventure

“I absolutely loved reading this as a child, and I still love this book years later. Funke weaves a fantasy adventure story based in the watery maze of Venice about two young, runaway orphaned brothers, Prosper and Boniface, who meet a ragtag group of orphans led by a mysterious leader, the Thief Lord. (Spoiler: He is not who appears to be!) All the children are about 12 in the plot so the concept of a found family is very strong in this one. And I love the book for it.”

Jill’s picks:

First, We Make The Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson | Genre: Autobiography

“This is truly a must-read for anyone with anxiety. Sarah's reflections on her journey, her ways of coping and getting through and her perspectives on life are unmatched. I couldn't put this down!”

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig | Genre: Philosophical Fiction, Autobiography

“I've read this so many times and it always teaches me something new. It's a mystery, but also a reflection on life and also a story about relationships and the reflections change the way I look at the world. ”

Krista’s picks: 

Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr Seuss | Genre: Classic

“It is a fun, positive narrative about life, about how life can be hard and the rewards you get as you get older become complex with times of joy mixed in. It is a light and inspiring read at any age.”

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown | Genre: Mystery/Thriller

“It is a thriller written with a conspiracy theory using historical art as a symbol to discover a secret society. It is fun, exciting, fast-paced, told from several perspectives and an excellent read.”

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet | Genre: Historical Fiction

“Set in the 12th century, the novel covers the time between the sinking of the White Ship and the murder of Thomas Becket but focuses primarily on the Anarchy. Anything Ken Follet writes is fantastic! I love the way the books capture my attention and transport me to a time in history. It is fast-paced, passionate and full of intrigue!”

Wealthy Barber by David Chilton | Genre: Financial Literacy

“Gives you real-life examples of how to help yourself financially and create success.”

Kirc’s picks:

Imajica by Clive Barker | Genre: Fantasy

“It's a big fantasy book full of big ideas and concepts with that strain of horror that Clive Barker brings. In light of today's changing landscape regarding gender and sexuality, it really reads as being ahead of its time.”

Boy's Life by Robert R. McCammon | Genre: Fantasy / Mystery

“If you liked Stand By Me, you'll like this book.  It's got everything - fun, big imagination, history, nostalgia, mystery, heart.”

Anonymous pick:

The Agent Pendergast Series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs | Genre: Detective Fiction

“Pendergast is a very "Sherlock Holmes" type character. Socially awkward yet brilliant with deductive reasoning.”

We hope these recommendations give you as much joy as they gave us! Stay warm, and happy reading!