The leaves are changing and the cooler weather has arrived, both are signals to many bookworms to grab a warm beverage and curl up in a favourite spot with a good book. For others, it is a sign to begin gathering/stockpiling a reading list for the upcoming winter months.
Whatever your current book plans, see the list below for our recommendations of 7 books to add to your fall reading list.
For the Armchair Historian:
Wagon Road North: The Saga of the Cariboo Gold Rush, Revised and Expanded Edition
By Art Downs
Edited by Ken Mather
A newly revised and updated edition of the classic pictorial account of the Cariboo Gold Rush trail.
For Art Lovers:
The Group of Seven Reimagined: Contemporary Stories Inspired by Historic Canadian Paintings
Edited by Karen Schauber
A celebration of Canada’s most famous group of painters, expertly blending visual artistry with evocative works of short fiction.
For Those Readers Ready for Halloween:
Campfire Stories of Western Canada
By Barbara Smith
A fun-for-all-ages collection of over thirty spooky stories in settings across Western Canada.
For Laugh-out-loud Stories:
Hard Knox: Musings from the Edge of Canada
By Jack Knox
In Hard Knox, seasoned columnist and consummate everyman Jack Knox offers up his uniquely hilarious views on Canadian life as seen from the western fringes of the country—in particular from the “Island of Misfit Toys” as he aptly calls his Vancouver Island home.
For Nature Lovers:
Legacy of Trees: Purposeful Wandering in Vancouver’s Stanley Park
By Nina Shoroplova
An engaging, informative, and visually stunning tour of the numerous native, introduced, and ornamental tree species found in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, combining a wealth of botanical knowledge with a fascinating social history of the city’s most celebrated landmark.
For Animal Lovers:
Muggins: The Life and Afterlife of a Canadian Canine War Hero
By Grant Hayter-Menzies
Publication Date: October 19, 2021
The unusual and moving tale of Muggins, a famed fundraising dog who became a mascot of the Canadian Red Cross during the First World War.
For Hockey Fans:
Capitals, Aristocrats, and Cougars: Victoria’s Hockey Professionals, 1911–1926
By Alan Livingstone MacLeod
Publication Date: October 5, 2021
A fascinating and in-depth look at Victoria’s largely unknown professional hockey players in the early twentieth century, and the historical context in which they played.
For Young Adventurers:
Explore the Eelgrass Meadow with Sam and Crystal
By Gloria Snively
Illustrated by Karen Gillmore
With beautiful, scientifically accurate illustrations, this fascinating story teaches children about the many fish, crustaceans, marine mammals, and micro-organisms that live in and feed off the eelgrass meadows of the north Pacific coastal region.