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Warm Books for the Cold Weather


Hello there! My name is Deborah and I have been given the wonderful opportunity to be one of the OPL Teen Bloggers in residence for this season.

I’m just your average high school student who is obsessed with reading, netflix, and sports. I absolutely love reading fantasy and dystopian novels with the occasional dabble in teen contemporary here and there. I live for clichés and strong female characters. Although I am simply not able to choose just one, some of my favorite books/series are The six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo, and Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I’m so excited that I get to share my love for books with all of you!

We can all breathe a sigh of relief because exams are finally over and a new semester is beginning. Congratulations! You made it through the storm of ink and papers. It’s time to give your brain a little break by cozying up with a nice fluffy, feel-good book.

My number one suggestion for a book that makes your heart happy is Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy. This story is about a girl called Willowdean Dickson or as her mother calls her, “Dumplin’ and her journey to redefine her self-confidence. The humor, romance, and relatableness of the book makes for an exciting yet comforting read.  Another one of my favourite heart warming book is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. As a self-proclaimed introvert, I long to relate to book characters. Cather, the protagonist of this book is so #relatable that you will find yourself saying “same” so many times throughout the novel. Her sense of humor and overall demeanor will have you rooting for her the whole way through. Finally, Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is definitely one of the books I pull out to put myself in a good mood. Stephanie Perkins tells the story of Anna, a highschool senior that gets transferred to Paris to finish up her studies. Although she is marginally less than fluent in french, she meets Etienne St. Clair and the cuteness begins.

Ottawa Public Library’s Teen Bloggers in Residence are fantastic teen volunteer writers from across the city. They blog about their favourite teen reads and authors, and get writing assignments to cover special teen events happening at the library. Their residency rotates throughout the year. Call-outs for upcoming terms are made through the Teen Blog.