10 books that should be on every cottage bookshelf

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Cottage time is synonymous with reading time. During busy work weeks and hectic nights at home, it can be hard to find time to relax and sink into a good book, but the cottage is a place where time slows down, and your ability to focus sharpens. And naturally, this is the perfect time to get into a good book.

Everyone knows that reading comes in several varieties: there’s reading the paper on a crowded subway, there’s burning through a paperback while laying on the beach, and there’s the daily digital intake of opinion pieces and news. The cottage also lends itself to a particular kind of immersive, enjoyable reading. We find that the best books for a cottage day are those that can be read again and again while remaining fresh every time. You know—texts you can really dig into.

The following are books we feel every Canadian should own a dog-eared copy of. Some are meditative nature writing, some are blistering page-turners, and some are Canadian classics, but they have one thing in common: they’re perfect for those moments at the cottage when the real world recedes. Take a look and see if any of your favourites are on the list.