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Tanja is crazy about lists! Reading suggestions for March break

25/02/2016 Tanja Vaillancourt

How do we choose a book after all the suggestions we see week after week?

By its cover? By who suggested it to us? By its summary? Its topic? The author? Its price? Its availability at our local library?

This is why I never know with which title to start when I have a bit of time to read.

I start my March break with a pile of books on the night table to make sure to find THE ONE that will grab my attention right away.

So here is my list, knowing very well, that some titles will mean nothing to you and that others will be your next favourites.

Happy reading!

List #1 Novels that kept me awake until 2 in the morning because I could not stop.

  1. The truth about the Harry Quebert Affair - Joel Dicker. Four words: Run to get it !
  2. The Good Girl - Mary Rubica. The type of story that stays in your head long after reading it. Psychological thriller.
  3. Invisible love - Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. He is my favourite author ever. They are short stories about feelings.
  4. The signature of all things - Elizabeth Guilbert. Historical novel that will last the whole week (500 pages.) I love following a character during a lifetime.
  5. Love virtually - Daniel Glattauer. A captivating exchange of emails. You can finish it in a night. Then, you will want to read the second part.
  6. The Book of Lies - Twins Trilogy #1 - Agota Kristof. Two young brothers during war. Violent. Unforgettable.

List #2 Non Fiction

  1. The Sell - Fredrik Eklund. I stole this one on my husband’s pile. You want to sell something or sell yourself better? This book is for all of us. Written with lots of humour by the the richest and most popular real-estate agent in New-York.
  2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing - Marie Condo. I know it is not the most glamorous thing to do during March break but if you are up to it, Marie will really teach you how to get your house organized.
  3. The Happiness Project - Gretchen Rubin. New-York best seller. Perfect to reflect on your life. Reads like a novel.
  4. Sketchnotes - Mike Rohde. Research show that we take better handwritten notes than typed ones. Rohde shows us how to take notes we will remember. Exercises are provided. Perfect if you are a student.

List #3 For kids and teens

  1. Holland - Charlotte Dematons. Picture book that you can never get tired of. For little ones and for parents too.
  2. Skeleton Creek- Patrick Carman. Pre-teens are freaking out about this series. They come with online videos too!
  3. A colouring book. I know they are everywhere but just in case you haven’t noticed them, they are great. We started colouring as a whole family.
  4. Fly Guy - Tedd Arnold. The adventures of a boy and its pet fly. Boys under 10 love them ! Yes, you read well, boys like to read these books.
  5. Everything Everything - Nicola Yoon. Young adult fiction.

    “My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

    But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.”


  1. All the lights we cannot see. Anthony Doerr. Pulitzer Prize.
  2. Big Magic Creative Living Beyond Fear- Elizabeth Guilbert. Everything she writes is great. See #4. She wrote Eat Pray Love.
  3. The Wisdom of No Escape - Pema Chodron. Oprah recommends.