Sandra P.

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Sandra P.

Sandra P.

Reading has always been one of my favourite pastimes.  To me, there is no other activity that is more peaceful or relaxing than snuggling up with a great book.

Of course, as I just wrote that, I realized that much of what I read is neither peaceful nor relaxing.  I love dramatic fiction, gravitating most towards stories where families are dealing with a traumatic event that either draws them together or tears them apart.   Often the traumatic events are those of a criminal nature and often lead to me drifting into the psychological thriller genres.  And while I love the suspense of these books, there have been many of nights where I have been wide awake in bed, aware of every creak and rumble in my house, wishing that I had NEVER brought them home.

Thinking about that, I should maybe just stick with biographies for nighttime reading as they are usually a guaranteed hit for me.  I have always been interested in the lives that people have lived (entertainers, activists, historical figures, etc), their struggles, their victories, the stories they are compelled to tell and the style in which they tell them, hopefully with a laugh or two along the way.

I was an avid reader as a child and always, always had my favourites. However, also employed as a Library Technician with the school board, I have definitely found both laugh-out-loud and make-you-think titles that have become new favourites and that I have loved sharing with students. 

When I’m not reading, I love board games, bowling, concerts and live music, walking my dog and laughing with friends.

Books Lists

Family Secrets

Book title: A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena Book title: After Anna by Alex Lake Book title: Copycat by Alex Lake. Book title: Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star Book title: The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green

Movies that sparked heated conversations with my friends

Book title:   Before I fall  Book title: Freeheld Book title: Heaven is for Real Book title:  The Belko Experiment Book Title: The circle.

TV Series

DVD title: American Horror Story Season 5 DVD title: Breaking Bad Season 2 DVD Title  Downton Abbey Season 1 DVD title:  The Big C Season 1 DVD title: Law and Order Season 1

Dramatic Fiction

Book title: Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson Book title: Fatal by John Lescroart Book title: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult  Book title: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins  Book title: The Witches of New York by Ami McKay


Past Lists

Various book and movie lists