Guide to Hygge: Reading Recommendations

Get back into reading with these reading recommendations from Waterloo's Mayor and Councilors.

Councilor Bonoguore's Recommendations:

"The Scorpion Rules" and "The Swan Riders" by Erin Bow

Funny, haunting, confronting and oh-so -readable, by KW's own Governor General's Award-winning author.

Where the Air is Sweet by Tasneem Jamal

Another local author, with her semi-autobiographical story of family, violence, hope and loss, spanning India, Uganda and Canada.

Sentenced to Life by Clive James

Australia's unofficial poet laureate surveys a grand, broken life as it nears its end.

Councilor Freeman's Recommendation:

The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar

Mayor Jawosky's Recommendation:

The Chase by Clive Cussler

Councilor Vasic's Recommendation:

Getting to Center: Pathways to Finding yourself by Marlee Grace

I love fiction so much, but have never been able to read fiction less than in this pandemic. This book is has been essential reading for me to be gentle with myself and find ways back to my center (and figure out what my centre even is) as we navigate these constantly evolving and uncertain times.

Councilor Henry's Recommendation:

Ragged Company by Richard Waggamese

Winter is a most challenging time for those who live unsheltered. We can grow our compassion through understanding, and together can support actions that expand housing supports so that it attainable for everyone.

Kid's Books

Councilor Bonoguore's Recommendations:

Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton

A fun story for little ones who just can't get to sleep!

Ava and the Rainbow (who stayed) by Ged Adamson

Kid approved! A story about a girl, a rainbow, and learning how to let go