What was your favourite book of 2019? We've reflected back and come up with a list of our Top 10 Books of the year based on popularity in our stores, and books that have made a difference. Inspiring, entertaining, and thought provoking, see our Top 10 Books below. Click on the covers for more information about each title.

On Thursday, January 30th local author John. M. MacFarlane will be giving a talk about the new best-selling book he co-authored, Around the World in a Dugout Canoe.
See details below. We hope to see you there!

A new year is a chance to start over, to choose to make changes. Read below for books that inspire health and happiness for 2020.

Thank you for your support and friendship in 2019. Without you, we wouldn't be here!

Barb & Tom, Jan, Marianne, Antonia, Rachael, Mitzi & Tina
BOOKS of 2019
No One is Too Small to Make a Difference
by Greta Thunberg
In August 2018 a fifteen-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, decided not to go to school one day. Her actions ended up sparking a global movement for action against the climate crisis, inspiring millions of pupils to go on strike for our planet and our environment, forcing governments to listen, and earning her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination.

Why we like it: Through this little volume Greta shows us how each one of us has a voice that we can use for good and important causes. She also brings into sharp view just how dire the climate crisis truly is. A wake up call for a visionary 16 year old.
The Testaments
by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood's dystopian masterpiece,  The Handmaid's Tale,  has become a modern classic — and now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel.

Why we like it:  One of the most anticipated novels in the literary world, Margaret Atwood does not disappoint. Aside from the critical success, awards, and honors, this thrilling dystonian novel provided long awaited answers to many of the questions The Handmaid's Tale left.
The Power of Kindness:
Why Empathy is Essential
in Everyday Life
by Brian Goldman
As a veteran emergency room physician, Dr. Brian Goldman has a successful career setting broken bones, curing pneumonia and otherwise pulling people back from the brink of medical emergency. He always believed that caring came naturally to physicians. But time, stress, errors and heavy expectations left him questioning if he was the same caring doctor he once thought he was. He wondered what kindness truly looks like, in himself and in others.

Why We Like It : We had the pleasure of hosting an author event this year with Dr. Brian Goldman. This book is a wonderful reminder of the importance of empathy, something that is sadly lacking in today's world. An important book.
A Better Man
by Louise Penny
Catastrophic spring flooding, blistering attacks in the media, and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he returns to the Sûreté du Québec in the latest novel by bestselling author Louise Penny.

Why we Like It : Canadian author Louise Penny writes a great mystery. Featuring characters we know and love, this new book incorporates many of the important issues of the day including climate change, abuse, and the effects of social media.
The Body: A Guide for Occupants
by Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body - how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes,  The Body  will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you, in particular.

Why We Like It: Bill Bryson brings a unique and entertaining viewpoint to us in his latest book about the body. Humourous, and highly readable, this book provides an excellent overview of the human body and all it's functions.
Talking to Strangers
by Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers - and why they often go wrong.

Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.

Why We Like It: Whether you agree with him or not, Malcolm Gladwell brings up many thought provoking questions about trust, belief systems, assumptions, class and race, criminal behaviour, body language, facial expressions and more.
The Overstory
by Richard Powers

The Overstory , is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, this novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. There is a world alongside ours - vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.

Why We Like It: This Pulitzer Winning book is a deeply passionate work that incorporates the individual stories of it's characters, and their joining together in environmental activism. This remarkable work of literary fiction will stay with you for a long time.
A Deceptive Devotion
by Iona Whishaw
A wedding is on the horizon for Lane Winslow and Inspector Darling. As one of the few Russian speakers in her community, Lane is obliged to act as translator and hostess for Countess Orlova, an elderly Russian woman who has tracked her missing brother to the Nelson area. Nelson PD investigates, but then the murder of a lone hunter in the hills above King’s Cove takes top priority.

Why We Like It: The sixth installment in the Lane Winslow series delivers another great historical mystery set right here in BC. Thoroughly entertaining with outstanding character development.
Around the World in a Dugout Canoe: The Untold Story of Captain John Voss and the Tilikum
by John M. MacFarlane
& Lynn J. Salmon
In this groundbreaking work, marine historians John MacFarlane and Lynn Salmon sift fact from fiction, critically examining the claims of Voss’ and Luxton’s manuscripts against research from libraries, archives, museums and primary sources around the world. Including unpublished photographs, letters and ephemera from the voyage,  Around the World in a Dugout Canoe  tells the real story of a little-understood character and his cedar canoe. It is an enduring story of courage, adventure, sheer luck and at times tragedy.

Why We Like It: We had the pleasure of hosting Qualicum Beach author John M. MacFarlane and Lynn J. Salmon for their book launch earlier this year. Their book is a meticulously researched story that masterfully brings to life a little known part of our history. A fascinating real life adventure story - perfect reading for any history buff.
Along the E & N: A Journey Back to the Historic Hotels of Vancouver Island
by Glen A. Mofford
In 1886, Vancouver Island’s E&N rail service was established to carry coal to smelters and ships, and the towns in the railway’s path prospered as the tracks expanded and passenger travel flourished.

Along the E&N  celebrates the historic and still-surviving hotels and roadhouses that sprung up near the E&N. This book chronicles the history of more than thirty hotels ― many long gone, destroyed by fire, or simply demolished, like the Lorne Hotel in Comox, and others that have been remodelled into modern-day neighbourhood pubs ― such as the Rod & Gun in Parksville and the Waverley Hotel in Cumberland.

Why We Like It: Local history at it's finest. A fascinating look back at Vancouver Island through the exploration of it's historic hotels. Filled with interesting stories and events.
For a happy, healthy 2020
Younger Next Year
for Women
by Chris Crowley
& Henry S. Lodge
Half the Sugar
All the Love
by Jennifer Tyler Lee
& Anisha Patel
What Color is Your Parachute? 2020
by Richard N. Bolles
A Guided Journal
by Michelle Obama
Simple Abundance:
365 Days to a Balanced and Joyful Life
by Sarah Ban Breathnach
Keto for Life:
Reset Your Biological Clock in 21 Days and Optimize Your Diet for Longevity
by Mark Sisson
Fair Play:
A Game Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do
by Eve Rodsky
Simply Spaced:
Clear the Clutter and
Style Your Life
by Monika Leed
Lost Connections:
Why You're Depressed and How to Find Hope
by Johann Hari
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January 25th 2pm
Knox United Church, Parksville

TICKETS : $20.00 Adults
$10.00 Children

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We all know getting something for free these days is pretty unusual. That's why we love giving away a free book each month to a wonderful customer and recipient of our monthly e-newsletter.

This month our lucky winner
will receive, Blowout
by Rachel Maddow
a $40.00 value.