MSL Canada’s Top 10 Books of 2018

By: Sara Stratton, Senior Account Manager

From beach reads, to thrillers, to historical fiction, MSLers love to read and 2018 introduced us to some great page-turners. Our resident bookworms have shared their top reads of the year — we hope these 10 favourites provide some inspiration for your own holiday reading list!


Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez

“It grabs you right from the first page, and you can easily read it in one sitting. The way the stories are woven together is really intricate and personal. It is a multi-voiced story of our east end neighbourhood that’s hit some rough times, told through three very different perspectives.”

The Break by Katherena Vermette

“A story about an Indigenous family that struggles with a terrible crime that touches them all. It is a heartbreaking and compelling read.”

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

“It was equally creepy and captivating. While most psychological thrillers have you trying to guess who the killer is, this book takes a different approach where you know exactly who the crazy one is, and are trying to figure out how the victim escapes. So twisted, but got me right from the start.” (This was even an MSL Book Club read!)

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger

“An easy, lighthearted read that made me laugh out loud. For any fans of The Devil Wears Prada, this is definitely for you! It focuses on Emily and the ups and downs of her newfound career.”

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

“A twisted thrilled that kept me turning the pages. I couldn’t get enough, and was always surprised with the development of the story. I told everyone I knew about this book.”

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

“Such a great read that’s filled with complex family dynamics and small-town politics. The characters are so real, you probably know someone in your real life that reminds you of each character, which is what makes this story so compelling.”

Us Against You by Frederik Backman

“A sequel to Beartown, this novel started out slow, but the author has a style of writing that lures you in and ensures you never leave. The story is so timely for what’s happening in the world right now, and prompts an emotional response at every turn. Read this!”

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

“The fact that this is based off of a real-life scandal blew my mind – how have I not heard about this? Alternating perspectives between two main characters, at first you’re not sure of their connection, but then the story unravels and a sad piece of American history begins to reveal itself.”

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

“Honestly, this took me a long time to get into; however, as a true-crime aficionado, I had to power through it. And I’m so glad that I did! This tells the tale of the Golden State Killer from the POV of an obsessed true crime journalist.”

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

“Kristin Hannah is a fabulous storyteller who has the ability to paint a picture like nobody else. You feel like you’re in the isolated Alaskan wilderness with this family who is looking for a fresh start – there are just so many great things about this book.”


 Happy reading!

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