Summer Rehab Reading List

Hello everyone – so sorry I haven’t posted in awhile.

They keep us awfully busy here and my phone wasn’t working very well.

I spend a lot of my time reading while here and this list doesn’t even cover half of the books I’ve read.

In order to avoid making an exhaustive list, I’ve chosen a few books for my “Summer Rehab Reading” list.

I’ve used Stars for rating the books I’ve read and also included the links to Amazon for more information.

Lately, I have been on a Non-Fiction/Memoir kick and so these are some of the best books I’ve read in a long time.

With two weeks left, I am running out of time to read as much as possible but I may do another list for the Fall.

I wish you all a Happy Labour Day Weekend. Enjoy!


Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn


Meh. This book was decent if you are into “Who Done It” mysteries but truthfully, it was easy to figure out.

I didn’t find it to be as addicting as the other books this Author published like “Gone Girl.”

It’s now a TV series on HBO. Kind of predictable but an “OK” read.

Sharp Objects – 2018 HBO Trailer

The Widow of Wall Street by Randy Susan Myers


The plot from this book was literally ripped from the Newspaper Headlines. It documents a woman’s conflict between her husband and the law as her life crumbles.

Her husband is behind a massive Ponzi scheme (Wikipedia: Bernie Madoff) and her life as she knew it completely falls apart after he is caught.

The book chronicles the Before and After; telling the story of how they met, married and rose to the top of the NYC elite. I loved this one.

A Simple Favour by Darcey Bell


Another meh. What started out as promising ended on a predictable, flat note as it tells the story of two Mommy friends and their private lives; past and present.

The flow of this book reads well as it alternates between characters telling their side of the story but I found it to be a bit boring at times.

This book is now a movie in theatres so maybe skip the book and just watch the movie.

A Simple Favour – 2018 Trailer:


Pilgrim’s Wilderness: The True Story of Faith & Madness on the Alaskan Frontier by Tom Kizzia


This true story about a large family led by an abusive, paranoid Father; self-creating himself as Papa Pilgrim, will shock you.

I’ll warn you – some of the content will absolutely devastate you as the Author tells their story of survival, sexual and physical abuse and brainwashing of a Family isolated in the Alaskan Wilderness.

It is so sad and crazy that these events actually happened but there is a happy ending (sort of). Whenever I think I’ve seen and heard it all, I’ll remember the people from this book.

Educated by Tara Westover


If you liked “The Glass Castle,” you will probably like this book too.

The book chronicles one woman who grew up in a hyper-religious, Survivalist family; barred from seeking any outside influence in terms of Education.

Some of her recollections are entertaining but the story tends to drag on in some sections. Towards the middle though, it picks up and I ended up enjoying it although it wasn’t one of my all time favourites.

Evicted: Poverty & Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond


This book was so incredible as it describes various racial stereotypes and subcultures of poverty in America.

It documented the lives of several individuals living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as they navigated the low-income rental market and the Welfare system.

Evictions were second nature to them and this book highlighted their plights beautifully while making me realize how lucky I am to be living with a roof over my head.

It features the one thing we all take for granted: Shelter.

Dope Sick by Beth Macy


If you have ever wondered how the Read: Opiate Epidemic came to be what it is today: read this book. I finished it within a day, it was that good.

The book takes you through the history of Opiates; starting in the early 1900’s when Bayer marketed “Heroin” as a cure-all to just about anyone, including infants for a colic remedy.

As the book progresses, you will learn how Read: OxyContin’s introduction in 1996 changed the pain management landscape for decades to come as our pain became Read: “The Fifth Vital Sign.

They Left Us Everything by Plum Johnson


This one was amazing. It was especially endearing to me as I actually know the people in this book from my Banking days in Downtown Oakville which brought the book to life.

I couldn’t believe how well the author depicted people, places and things so accurately.

She transpired the events from her Family’s history like a true story teller and this book will have you laughing and crying at the same time.

Random Family by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc


Now this is a book I’ll re-read again in a few years, along with some of my other favourites. This book breaks down the triumphs and tragedies for those living in the Bronx during the NYC Crack Epidemic in the 1990’s until the 2000’s.

Although there are several characters in here and it can be difficult to keep track at times, the author does an amazing job as a biographer.

The dynamic stories of these characters will break your heart and expose you to a way of living that is hidden from the general population. I couldn’t put this one down either.

With or Without You by Domenica Ruta


One woman’s memoir about her life growing up with a Mother who is struggling with Addiction.

Although the author is extremely self aware and educated, she too falls victim to the disease of addiction and alcoholism.

The author recalls her life with her mother, father and half siblings with much humour but she also emphasizes the devastation addiction leaves in its path.

Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff


A memoir written by a father about his son, Nic Sheff (who wrote his own version of events: Tweak) who is struggling with an addiction to Crystal Meth.

This book traces the rise and fall of Nic during the course of his teenage years into adulthood; the relapses and recoveries, the agony and the ecstasy.

Reading about active addiction from a parents point of view was hard for me but ultimately healing. This book could be triggering for anyone in recovery however so use caution.

Beautiful Boy – 2018 Trailer:

4 thoughts on “Summer Rehab Reading List

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  1. I love your blog! I have been looking for a list like this one, I never know what to read….
    Thank you for taking the time to post this and I wish you all the best during your last weeks.

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