Name: Terry Peters
Job Title: Managing Editor, North Shore News
Best book I have read this year: Room by Emma Donoghue. It was such a unique story. At times sad, delightful, dark, uplifting but always powerful. This tale of confinement, escape and the struggle that was there at every phase is a salute to the human spirit.
I will read any book by: Carl Hiaasen. His quirky characters are always entertaining and the strong environmental protection theme that runs through his Florida-based novels give a moral stance for his oddball subjects to stand alongside.
Best place to curl up with a book on a rainy day: I love to stretch out on the sofa in front of the fireplace on a wet day and read. Having a great reading light is the key.
Best place to lounge with a book in the sun: On my back deck. The best place ever was the summers we went to Bridge Lake for our family vacation and rented a cabin there. The big decision for everyone was what books and how many to bring. As a family of avid readers we would all relax outdoors with the only interruption being a wet tennis ball dropped in your lap by the dog wanting another toss into the lake.
A book I know I should read, but haven’t: The Art of Happiness by H.H. the Dalai Lama.
A guilty pleasure favourite: Anything by Robert Crais. I love his detective noir novels with the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike characters. Another choice is World War Z by Max Brooks, I enjoy a good bit of Zombie apocalypse writing.
The book I push on all my friends because it is soooooooo good: Finnie Walsh by Steven Galloway. This brilliant debut novel is an intense coming of age tale that is impossible to put down. He followed it with, Ascension, a story based on a family of trapeze artists and then the highly successful novel, The Cellist of Sarajevo.
Thoughts on reading: As a life-long reading enthusiast I encouraged my daughters to read and they both became voracious readers. One of them has a goal to read 100 books this year. Reading is a pleasure that is available to everyone and enhances your life.
Writing book reviews for the North Shore News has allowed me to explore an enormous range of subjects from Muscle Cars to Fashion Illustrators and I love the knowledge I’ve gained from this exposure. Having written and self-published a novel myself, (The Hunt), I have tremendous respect for authors and the dedication that the writing process requires.
Where you can find me: firstname.lastname@example.org