There aren’t many things more enjoyable than getting immersed in a great book, so we thought we’d round up some favourite reads from Student Powered bloggers and other BUSU staff members. We asked everyone to share their favourite book(s) they read in the last year, and and why they would recommend it to others, and this is what we got back.


And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks by Jack Kerouac & William S. Burroughs

It’s Burroughs and Kerouac together…need I say more?

-Drew Ursacki, VPEA

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And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

It’s different for Khaled Hosseini’s usual writing style. This story is told in the perspective of nine characters, so it’s more so like a compilation of short stories making it extremely engaging.

-Irah Muhamad Nor, Marketing Coordinator

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

It was published prior to 2014, but I re-read it again this year…and then again….and then again, again. It’s just that good. Haddon writes from the perspective of a 15 year old with autism, and the story that unfolds is both entertaining and enthralling. Seriously, if you haven’t read this yey (and why haven’t you? It was published in 2003!), get on it.

-Drew Ursacki, VPEA

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The Death of Bunny Monroe by Nick Cave

I read this early 2014, and by the end, I read it over probably four times. I can’t get enough of Nick Cave and his eccentric and slightly ridiculous voice. If you like a great easy read, vulgar, existentialist novel, or like funny Avril Lavigne references, then Bunny Monroe is 110% for you.

-Jamie Lupia, Student Powered Blogger

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Yes Please by Amy Polehler

Funny, sassy and full of girl empowerment. A good choice when looking to distress or not take life so seriously. Filled with surprisingly wonderful life advice.

-Carole Moss, Ombudsperson

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Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

It gives a lot of perspective of how major changes in behavior and perception start with small and seemingly insignificant actions and decisions.

-Chris Green, Manager, Marketing and Communications

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Damned by Chuck Palahniuk

This book is a trip. It’s classic, subtle, and satirical Palahniuk like you’d expect, but with a darker and more twisted storyline. It’s arguably one of his better pieces of fiction, and it’s the first part of a trilogy! (Editor’s note: I also read the follow-up, Doomed, and it sucked. But there’s hope the third and final book in this trilogy will be good!)

-Drew Ursacki, VPEA

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My Maaaai Life by Robin Wiszowaty

This book easily became one of my favourites of 2014 because the story follows a young girl – Robin – who gives up her suburban Illinois to move to Africa and begin a new adventure with the Maasai Tribe. Having shared similar experiences of traveling to a developing country in the past, it was easy for myself to see myself in Robin’s shoes; however, I challenge you to give this book a read because it will change your outlook on the life you live and the way that you live it. Enjoy!

-Chris Lawrence, Student Powered Blogger

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The House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout

Amazing story about courage and hope to it’s full extent. Based on a true story, a Canadian journalist is kidnapped in Somalia and was in captive for 15 months.

-Madi Fuller, BUSU Board Member

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The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

I read this because of all the buzz. A young, rare talent dies in a car crash 5 days post-graduation from Yale. Series of short stories not unlike the Last Lecture.

-Carole Moss, Ombudsperson

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These are our collective recommended reads for 2015. What was your favourite book in 2014? And What are you most looking forward to reading this year? Let us know in the comments.

1 Comment

  1. Tricia Nowicki says:

    A few picks:

    Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan

    The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida

    The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore

    Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore