Favourite Reads of this Summer

Do  teachers really ask their students to write papers on this subject? To me a much more interesting piece would be “What I read on my summer vacation.”

I was able to catch up on a lot of reading this summer, on a wide variety of topics. Two outstanding novels were The Heart’s Invisible Furies (John Boyne) and The Agony of Bun O’Keefe (Heather Smith).

The Heart’s Invisible Furies may go down as one of my favourite books, ever, right up there with John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany, and that’s saying a lot. It’s a saga. Its scope is vast. It’s brilliant, hilarious and heartbreaking, all at once. Set in Ireland it covers the entire lifespan of one ordinary man who has extraordinary trials and tribulations. Read it. You’ll thank me later.


The Agony of Bun O’keefe is an entirely different kind of story, but equally as brilliant, funny and endearing. It’s for younger teens or older children but will appeal to anyone who enjoys a poignant story featuring quirky, lovable characters who,  in this case, come together to form a truly unconventional but loving family. Bun o’Keefe will live in my heart for a long time. Heather Smith is one of my favourite authors, and she’s Canadian too!

What are your stand-out reads from the summer?

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