My #1 Book Recommender; Heather’s Picks

If you’re from Canada and you love to read, you’ve likely come to recognize the bright gold sticker on the top right corner the mark of a book you are sure to love. Heather’s Picks are books that are hand-picked by Indigo’s CEO & Chief Book Lover, Heather Reisman. Every time you see that gold sticker on a book, you are guaranteed that Heather has read it and loved it enough to recommend it to you.

If you took an inventory of my book shelves, you would likely find an overwhelming amount of those little gold stickers. Maybe we’re just on the same wave length, but Heather and I seem to have very similar taste in literature.

With the exception of one book, and I won’t say which one, I have LOVED every single Heather’s Picks that I have read.

If you’re constantly telling yourself that you don’t have time to read, remember that Heather reads every single one of the books on her recommendation list, while still acting as the Founder and CEO of Canada’s largest and most successful “cultural department store”.

In a 2016 article from The Star, Heather admits that if she is not hooked by a book in the first 20 pages, she walks away. And I thought I was being tough by always allowing a book 100 pages to impress me before not finishing it!  

In the same article she also mentions how she and her husband love to read aloud to each other. This is something that I just love. I often find myself asking my sister or my partner if I can read ‘just one paragraph’ or ‘just one page’ to them. I think that reading a book can be a social interaction, and it can act as a way to connect us on a deeper level than watching a show or a movie.

Heather’s Book Club

Recently, Chapters Indigo announced Heather will be making a new selection every month as part of the brand-new Heather’s Book Club. Along with a fantastic read, Heather will be providing intriguing discussion questions to go along with the book that are sure to get your book club talking.

The very first choice was a legal thriller, A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson.

It’s a fantastic pick for a book club because it raises so many questions of morality, especially; how far would you go to protect your child? Heather read it in one day, I read it in three, and I’m sure that you will find it just as compelling.

July’s pick is a biographical work of fiction, Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan. Even though I have an overwhelmingly large stack of unread books already on my shelf, I know I’m going to end up at Indigo to pick this one up before the end of the month.

When it comes to Heather’s Picks, there is no one genre or type of book that she sticks to. You can find that gold sticker on a range of books from the most engrossing thrillers, political non-fictions, heart wrenching memoirs to children’s books, and cook books.

If you’re like me, you’re unlikely to chose a book without having someone recommend it to you first. I need someone to tell me that they loved it, and the number one opinion I turn to when I’m ready to dedicate some time to reading, is Heather.

Annie’s Favourite Heather’s Picks

If you’re looking for a place to start, here are a few of my favourite Heather’s Picks that I have read over the years;

All the Light we Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

The Light Between Oceans – M. L. Stedman

The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

A House in the Sky – Amanda Lindhout

The Opposite of Loneliness – Marian Keegan

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman

Educated – Tara Westover

The Alice Network – Kate Quinn

Beartown & Us Against You – Fredrik Backman

There There – Tommy Orange

When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi

The Measure of my Powers – Jackie Kai Ellis

Dare to Lead – Brené Brown

You’ll notice that every book so far that I have chosen as a Human Kind Book Club Pick of the Month is also on Heather’s list. I will admit that was unintentional, but not surprising.


Happy Reading! Annie

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