7 books Olympic Games Overnight host Kelly VanderBeek loved reading
Kelly VanderBeek is a retired Canadian alpine skier originally from Kitchener, Ont. The Olympian and World Cup medallist is part of the CBC broadcast team covering the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
Below, she reveals seven books that fuelled her love of literature.
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
"This book resonated with my husband and me, and there's an unlikely quote that has become part of our regular dialogue. In the book, it describes driving a car as if the pedal is made of eggshells. When we discuss driving habits — I have a heavy foot, I like speed! — it often comes up."
Atonement by Ian McEwan
"I read this book when I was 21 years old and it had a profound impact on me. It was mesmerizing in a way that transported me into the characters' world. Note to self: time to read this again."
And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
"I read this book last year on a recommendation from a friend. I have a few key friends as my source for book recommendations. The way Hosseini wove the storylines of so many characters, over such a long time, was a work of art."
The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
"This Canadian author found a way to mention Tim Hortons in his novel — what can I say, that hooked me! But seriously, I was pulled in by how Hill emotionally put me into the shoes of an 'illegal,' humanizing the process and fear so many displaced people in our world face. It was an emotionally powerful reminder of how our actions contribute to the world we share and the societies we collectively build."
Dojo Daycare by Chris Tougas
"This is one of my favourite books to read with my four-year-old son. The award-winning Canadian author, Chris Tougas, smoothly harnesses the childlike energy of 'Kaboom! Kapow!' into the strength found in repeating the words 'Honour, Kindness & Respect.' My son and I smile, laugh and hug while reading this together, a priceless gift in my books."
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon & The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
"I loved these books on their own merits. However, they're on my list because they helped me to better understand my husband. He is talented, introverted and intelligent, while also being somewhere on the spectrum. He jokingly said after I finished reading these books, 'Now you understand what I face. It's amazing I'm as normal as I am!'"