9 Books to Read This Summer

What books are on your summer reading list this year? I’ve started compiling my list. I practically inhale books when I’m on vacation. There’s nothing more relaxing than kicking back in the summer shade with a good book. My favourite spots to read are outdoors on the patio with a cold glass of iced tea by my side. Pure bliss.

When I’m choosing what to read next, I always look for recommendations. It could be in the form of a friend passing along a recent read that they loved or an online review. Another spot I’m adding to my list for potential summer reads are the books shortlisted for the 2016 Trillium Book Award, the Ontario government’s prestigious award for literature, hosted by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC).

Never heard of the Trillium Book Award before? Consider this post your introduction to a talented and creative group of Ontario authors. You probably recognize some of the previous winners. Does Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje ring a bell?

9 Books to Read This Summer

Ontario has the largest book publishing industry in Canada with operating revenues of $1.23 billion. The Trillium Book Award recognizes the province’s talented authors by investing in their works.

9 Books to Read This Summer - Choose your next beach read from these Trillium Book Award nominees.

I plan to support local authors and read a few of the shortlisted titles for this year’s award. Add these Trillium Book Award finalists to your summer reading list. There are six English-language finalists, six French-language finalists, three finalists for Poetry in English language and three finalists for Poetry in French language. Who knows – you may discover your new favourite author!

9 Books to Read This Summer

1. Where Did You Sleep Last Night by Lynn Crosbie

2. What You Need by Andrew Forbes

3. Debris by Kevin Hardcastle

4. The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan by Robert Hough

5. A Token of My Affliction by Janette Platana

6. The Road In Is Not The Same Road Out by Karen Solie

7. A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes by Madhur Anand

8. Tell: poems for a girlhood by Soraya Peerbaye

9. Dear Leader by Damian Rogers

Buy these books at your local bookstore.

The Trillium Book Award winners will be announced on June 22, 2016 at a dinner to be held in Toronto. Check out this short video with more info about the nominees.

Which Trillium Book Award finalist are you looking forward to reading this summer?

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Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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