6 books in my collection that I recommend

That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.

Sometimes it is so hard finding new books. We all have different tastes, comprehension levels and access to books. While we are facing some unprecedented times in our world, our governments asking us to stay inside to protect one another … Why not pick up a good book?

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reed

I actually found this one in lost and found at my work, after 3 months if no one claims something it is donated, or employees can take something. I love this book!! If you like autobiographies, fiction and the music scene of the 1960s – you’ll love it too.

I’ve read Motley Crue’s The Dirt, Tommy Lee’s book, Nikki Sixx’s The Heroin Diaries, Slash’s… on and on. I’ve read autobiographies of Indigenous women like Beatrice Mosionier’s In Search of April Raintree (I mention one later on). I’ve also read literary journalism autobiographies. (I also mention another good autobiography style book at the end of this.)

Even if they are only about a small piece of the author’s life, not the entire thing … I find them the best books to read.

I honestly wish that Daisy Jones was a real woman, she is very much Joan Jett/rocker chic. Author Taylor Jenkins Reed created a really rad character. It’s written in an interview form with a story narrative line… But damn this book is entertaining!

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I remember watching the movie. And being the Leo Dicaprio fangirl that I am, I did the only logical thing there is to do about such an epic movie. Wikipedia the shit out of everything about the film.

Then I discovered it was based on a book written by some popular and well-respected author from the 1920s-ish. So, I googled myself a free copy. And I’ve read it like 10 times, in 2018 I found my own hardcover copy. My copy is a cute blue with silver trim and speaks so loudly to the theme of the book of being obnoxiously rich and not caring at all about any consequences for your actions.

The movie did a pretty good job of sticking to the book, which is a mere 208 pages. But the book is always better in my opinion.

Medicine River by Thomas King

Good ol’ Mr. King. I’ve read a few excerpts from his essays and other books – I also own The Inconvenient Indian but have yet to crack that one open. Anyways, I related so much to the character of this book – Will. A person returning to their parents’ hometown, feeling like you stick out like a sore thumb and don’t fully belong there.

Will returns to his mother’s hometown and has all these revelations and meets all these people of his past, people who knew his mother. I just found the writing so … quietly personal. Maybe that is just me as an Indigenous woman, but this book was one of the first that I read where I felt represented, understood and recognized.

They Called Me Number One by Bev Sellars

This book was introduced to me in a Canadian literature course in college. This again was a book where I felt represented, understood and recognized. But more than that, I felt my grandfather being represented. His story being told. The other elders in my life, the ones before me. Reading this was not easy due to the subject matter – but it opened a world of compassion and understanding for me.

I related so much to the characters, to Bev Sellars upbringing, the connections, the emotions, the people. It was all so real to me. It also was an insane feeling to know that my peers were reading this, many of them non-Indigenous. It was a feeling of empowerment to have people read this woman’s story, to hear her voice amongst the roar of Indigenous people in Canada. Amazing read!

The Journey Prize #27, Selected by Anthony De Sa, Tanis Rideout, Carrie Snyder

This book is full of so many cool short stories from so many amazing Canadian authors. This book opened my mind to so many unique and special voices in the author community. The books read easily, each piece selected beautiful and entertaining or harrowing in its own wonderful way.

I also own #26 but have yet to read it. But these books do a wonderful job of bringing together so many authors’ works into one convenient book. It will open your mind to the wonderful world of Canadian literature.

The News by Alain de Botton

I highly recommend this book, not because I am a journalism student, but because it would benefit anyone. Alain de Botton is an amazing articulate author on the current world of news.

He offers advice on how to use this book as a user manual for the news, instruction to consider. De Botton offers tips to change your views, demands, opinions or understanding of the news and media, with topics like politics, world news, economics, celebrity, disaster, and [news] consumption. It’s not an overly challenging book to read, so I highly recommend this book. Especially in times like right now. Good to consider in 2020, a world of news chaos.

Other Books I Recommend:

  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • House of Night by P.C. Cas
  • The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater
  • LOTR by J. R. R. Tolkein (obviously)
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • The Path of the Jaguar by Stephen Henighan
  • Many, many more…

Let me know some of your favorite books or ones you want to read!

Peace & Love!

By Cheyanna Dyck

My name is Cheyanna Lorraine and I am an Indigenous journalism student.

I love to write, cook, paint and everything thing about summer! Join me on my chaotic and beautiful adventure of navigating through life.

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