This article was originally authored by Loreta Taloo., a local senior, with editorial and publishing assistance provided by the editors of Mississauga Arts Guide.

The creation of this article was made possible through the support of the Seniors Community Grant Program.

I’m an avid reader. Ever since I was a little girl, I always had my nose in a book. 56 years later the habit has continued. Any chance I get I read, on a bus ride home after work, on a flight, in bed after dinner. There’s nothing quite like the joy of getting lost in the pages of a captivating book. Over the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of delving into a variety of stories that have left a lasting impression on me. While they may not be award-winners, these three books have earned a special place on my bookshelf, each offering a unique journey into different worlds and perspectives.

1. “The Forgotten Home Child” by Genevieve Graham

Set in Canada during the early 1900s, “The Forgotten Home Child” is a  poignant historical fiction novel that shines a light on a lesser-known aspect of Canadian history. The story follows Winny, a young orphan sent to Canada as part of the British Home Children program, where she faces hardships and challenges in her new life.

What drew me to this book was its powerful storytelling and the way it shed light on a piece of Canadian history that is often overlooked. Genevieve Graham’s writing beautifully captures the struggles and triumphs of Winny as she navigates a new country, all while trying to find a sense of belonging. The novel is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the bonds that can form in the most unexpected places.

2. “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This book took me on a whirlwind of emotions from start to finish. “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” is a captivating novel that tells the story of a legendary Hollywood actress, Evelyn Hugo, as she recounts her life and loves to an unknown journalist.

What makes this book stand out is its complex and multifaceted characters, especially Evelyn Hugo herself. The author, Taylor Jenkins Reid,  masterfully weaves together themes of love, ambition, and identity against the glamorous backdrop of old Hollywood. As I followed Evelyn’s journey through the highs and lows of fame, I found myself engrossed in her compelling story of love and sacrifice.

3. “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig

“The Midnight Library” is a thought-provoking and deeply introspective novel that explores the idea of second chances and the paths not taken. The story is about Nora Seed, who finds herself in a mysterious library between life and death, where each book on the shelves represents a different version of her life.

This book resonated with me on a personal level, as it delves into themes of regret, choices, and the search for fulfillment. Matt Haig’s writing is both poignant and hopeful, inviting readers to reflect on their own lives and the possibilities that exist. As Nora navigates the Midnight Library and explores the lives she could have lived, I found myself contemplating my own choices and the paths I’ve taken.

In conclusion, these three books have made a lasting impact on me over the past year. From the historical depths of “The Forgotten Home Child” to the glamour of “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” and the introspection of “The Midnight Library,” each book offered a unique and unforgettable reading experience. Whether exploring Canadian history, the complexities of fame, or the what-ifs of life, these stories have left me with a deeper appreciation for the power of storytelling.

Original article written by local Mississauga seniors, with publishing assistance of Mississauga Arts Guide editors.


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