Troublemaker - Leah Remini *****
Reasons to Stay Alive - Matt Haig ****
City of Thorns - Ben Rawlence ****
City of the Lost - Kelley Armstrong ****
Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist - Sunil Yapa ****
The Outside Circle - Patti Laboucane-Benson ****
Behind Closed Doors - B.A. Paris ****
The Crooked Heart of Mercy - Billie Livingston ****
Birdie - Tracey Lindberg ***
The Royal We - Heather Cocks ***
The Expatriates - Janice YK Lee
Troublemaker was absolutely amazing! It is currently not for sale in Canada so I had a family member purchase it while in the US. Leah Remini does not hold back! Reasons to Stay Alive is a book I think everyone should read - people who struggle with depression/anxiety will find so much comfort in this book and those who do not struggle with it will gain a better understanding of what it is like. If you're looking for a good mystery, I really recommend City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong. And The Outside Circle and Birdie are two great reads about Aboriginal Canadians. I did not finish The Expatriates, I got just over 100 pages in and found there wasn't much connecting me to the story and I didn't see the point in continuing.
What I'm Looking Forward to in February
There are some great CanLit releases out this month. Yann Martel is back with The High Mountains of Portugal and Karen Hill's posthumous debut Café Babanussa is out along with Mona Awad's 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, Tricia Dower's Becoming Lin and Joy Fielding's She's Not There.
I have two more books to read from the Canada Reads 2016 contenders so I hope to read at least 1 of them if not both.