Editor's NotePublished on September 16, 2022


  • Photo by: Ted Simpson

The moment I saw the room we chose to showcase on the front of this issue, I knew it was a cover in the making. From the vibrant leafy green plants dangling off the shelves to the colourful bindings of the books, the space offered up the character that goes into creating a dynamic magazine cover.

I genuinely believe in the power of books to transform a space. Using books as a decorating tool has long been one of my favourite ways to showcase personality. In my home, you’ll find a mélange of hardbacks on travel, design, cooking, and other elements of lifestyle. I like to stack them on shelves and coffee tables with an objet d’art on top — doubling down on the intrigue.

You’ll also discover the latest work of fiction, taking up space on my bedside table or next to my favourite lounging spot because I am an avid reader. Sharing my latest reads is a passion of mine, not only to support the writers who work so hard to turn their words into stories but to draw attention to books I deem deserving and want to share with fellow book lovers. Fiction is subjective, so not everyone will agree with my choices.

Check out the recommendations on this page, catch up with me on social media and tune into Ottawa, CTV News At Noon with host Leanne Cusack for my recommendations, ottawa.ctvnews.ca, and I hope you find your next favourite book in amongst my selections.


Mary's Must Reads

Gutter Child by Jael Richardson

This Canadian author has created a story set in an imagined world where the protagonist is forced to buck against a system trying to shape the future for her.

Thank You for Listening by Julia Whelan

Written by one of the most revered audiobook narrators, this romance novel tells the story of a narrator who comes out from behind the microphone to give love a chance.

The Catch by Alison Fairbrother

It’s a journey of self-discovery for a young woman who is surprised after her father’s death reveals there could have been someone even more important than her to her dad.

The Witches of 
Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais

A mob of aging witches fighting to save their home while their powers have lost the lustre of youth in a story that explores aging, found family, and friendship; what’s not to love?

The Wise Women by Gina Sorell

An advice columnist whose daughters need more than just a few words of encouragement to turn their lives around has her own problems.

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

A single mother in the 1960’s stars in a cooking show that not only gives cooking lessons but encourages women to change the status quo.

Mary Taggart

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