Shortly after moving back to Toronto in May, I started up on a summer gig that had me selling ice pops at a seasonal market near Yorkville. The market was open seven days a week, from mid-May to Labour Day. I was there five days out of seven for the first few months, and there wasn’t any wifi.
So I read.
I didn’t think about recording the book list until nearly the end of the season, which was when I discovered that the Toronto Public Library doesn’t keep track of your borrowing history (not in any easily accessible form, anyway), so this list of from memory, which means that a couple books might be missing.
I also didn’t include any books that I didn’t finish (there were a few that just weren’t doing it for me).
Here’s the list of most of the books that I read this past summer, in rough chronological order:
Not a massive list, but I’m not a particularly heavy reader. I averaged a book every week-and-a-half, and there’s probably 3-5 unfinished books that aren’t on the list. I know that I didn’t read those two Stephen King books back-to-back, and I don’t remember going through three mind blowing heartbreakers (Wild, Sailor Girl, I Let You Go) one after the other.
I went through a lot of UK mysteries, and a lot of rural, early/mid 20th century Canadian settings. Both Wild and Sailor Girl had storylines that focussed on finding oneself through backbreaking journeys. Both Stephen King novels were meh. I discovered early in the season that I only wanted novels, no short story anthologies, no nonfiction.
I felt very lucky to spend those few months reading so many great books.