Spring 2016 Reading List

At the beginning of the year I posted An Incomplete Reading List for 2016. Now that it's April, I've read my way through a bunch of those titles, but I've also found a few more to add to the queue. 


I find it hard to stick to my reading list because other titles find their way into my hands and I get carried off in a new literary direction. So my list is always evolving, because reading shouldn't be bound be anything as traditional as rules

That being said, here's what I'm looking forward to digging into this spring. If anyone out there has read any of these or has other book recommendations leave me a note in the comments! (No spoilers though, I hate spoilers.)

The Orenda by Joseph Boyden 

This is what's currently on my nightstand, and with all the awards it's won I probably should have read it by now. Set in Colonial Era Canada, this beautifully written book tells its story through the shifting perspectives of a young Iroquois girl, a Huron leader, and a French missionary. So far I'm really enjoying the quality of the writing and I'm excited to see where the story will take me.

The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Trial, and the Trial that Shocked a Country by Charlotte Grey

I was really excited when I opened my email this morning to find out that this title is required summer reading for my MFA. I've fallen in love with historical true crime ever since I went on an Eric Larson reading binge in 2015. This one is particularly interesting to me since it takes place right here in Toronto and features one of our city's most prominent historic families. 

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I haven't traditionally been a reader of thrillers but after hopping on the Gone Girl bandwagon last year I started craving more. I keep hearing great things about The Girl on the Train also from readers who don't typically go for a psychological thriller. This will be perfect for summer reading on my patio since with all that sunshine on me I'm unlikely to get too spooked. 

Catherine the Great and Potemkin: The Imperial Love Affair by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love a historical romance. And Catherine the Great is an important female historical figure who I know virtually nothing about so it's time to fix that. The film rights to this book have been bought but no release date has been announced so I've got plenty of time to read this 640 page volume before it hits the theatres. 

What's on your reading list for spring this year?