Real talk on relationships, amazing personal stories and more: Your summer weekend long-reads list is here

Some humour, some advice, and tons of takeaway — bookmark these for poolside, lakeside or backyard lounging.

Some humour, some advice, and tons of takeaway — bookmark these for poolside, lakeside or backyard lounging

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Whether you intend to spend a summer weekend poolside, sprawled out in the grass at your fave park, or retreating to a cottage for some much needed R & R, escaping into a lengthy read only adds to the luxury — it can even be a retreat in and of itself. So, after scrolling through social media longer than you wanted to, put your phone to rewarding use. We've done a deep dive of our archives to bring you all the long weekend reads you could want. From relationship realness to in-depth convos with the most inspiring individuals, from mindful spending to minding chickens, these are our top picks.

Relationship realness 

We asked 4 ethically non-monogamous daters what their terms are

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The art of the "accidental" text (on purpose)

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Getting stashed? A biological anthropologist explains why the 'stashing' phenomenon happens in relationships

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Should you try to get your ex back? Experts weigh in on when — and when not — to give it another shot

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How and when to talk to your partner about better sex

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Advice and ideas for a healthier, happier life

Get over yourself: How to beat your fear of embarrassment — and why it's worth it

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Do you procrastinate because you can't manage your emotions?

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The crucial pre and post workout steps you shouldn't ignore

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A way out of loneliness: Steps towards well-being when you're feeling alone

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How to manage everyday anxiety in public spaces

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Mindful spending: How this author saves a LOT of her money and how you can too

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Terms you may be using that offend women at work

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Up close and amazing personal stories

A year as a sponsor: What it was like to assist a family seeking asylum in Canada

All images courtesy Valerie Howes. Used with permission of ‘The Family’; Mom: Ghaithaa, Dad: Ibrahim, Children, oldest to youngest: Batoul, Abdullatif, Rayan, Mohamed, and baby Salsabil, born after the family arrived in Canada.

We talked to the Egyptian-Canadian tackling gender norms, male body issues and eating disorders on Instagram

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'The gym saved my life': How this gay fitness superstar redefined his life after being outed against his will

What Chinese-Canadian chef Jackie Kai Ellis learned from cooking with her grandmother

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Impressive icons

Former Mrs. Universe Ashley Callingbull on speaking out through style

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What obsessive gardener Marjorie Harris has learned from a lifetime of growing

(Left, credit: Marjorie Harris; Right, credit: Paul Lewis)

Madhur Jaffrey on seeing — or not seeing — anyone like you on TV ...and on what you should cook for your date

Madhur Jaffrey on set of the movie Shakespeare-Wallah, circa 1965. (Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Inspiring LGBTQ Canadians and allies tell us what they're proud of this year

Left to right: Kent Monkman, Samson Brown, Dan Levy (Credit, left: Randy Risling/Toronto Star via Getty Images; middle: Arun Nevader/WireImage; right: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Iconic moments in fashion thanks to Black Canadian trailblazers

Left: Suzanne Boyd (Credit: Scott Gries/Getty Images); Right: Winnie Harlow on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Singapore

A peek into perfect parts of Canada

Get to know Montreal's steamés hot dog culture and where to have them, according to 'Hotdog Furcoat'

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Hidden gem: Tangled Garden in Nova Scotia is a lush floral labyrinth and edible marvel too

Inside the fullest and most beloved restaurant supply store in Toronto

(All Photography: Kyle Richmond)

How to identify and appreciate the architecture around you

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Indoor/outdoor inspo

Home stagers reveal their secrets for a speedy sale

(Staging: Avryll McNair; Photography: Birdhouse Media)

Everything you ever wanted to know about keeping chickens in your backyard

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Hot takes on even hotter topics

Addictions experts sound in on common claims about cannabis use

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Why are we so obsessed with girl fights?

Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis in Feud (Source: Fox 21 Television Studios/FX)

An open letter to beauty companies on how to level up when it comes to inclusion

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5 Canadian female pro wrestlers on feminism, getting exposure and those who call their sport "fake"

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Integrating cannabis into your lifestyle in a bigger way? Here's what you might want to consider

Parenting real talk 

What today's Dads across Canada worry about for their kids

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That time I took my family to do farm chores for our "vacation"

The author and her daughters. (All photography by Jessica Brooks)


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