Hi everyone, and welcome to another post. Today I am sharing my favourite books that I have read this past year. I used to read a lot before university, but this past year I really got back into it. I finished off the year with 26 books (actually most of those were read after May). Next year my goal is 30 so we’ll see how that goes! I have also started using The Story Graph, which is basically like goodreads. Still getting used to it but check it out here.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
I didn’t technically order my top 5 (because it was too hard to choose) but I think this is my number 1. I found her story and how she recounted it super intriguing. I also recently read A Promised Land by Barack Obama, while it wasn’t bad, it was more focused on political events that happened during Barack’s time as president. I, being Canadian and in science, am not super interested in all the political events. Michelle’s book, while long, I was captivated during it all. Hearing the stories from her childhood, college and time in the White House was interesting. She touched on her experience with racism and difficulties she faced. 100% reccomend.
American Royals by Katharine McGee
This was a book I was surprised to have liked so much. It’s basically an alternative USA that is under a monarchy instead of democracy. It’s also written in multiple perspectives (not usually a fan) but I felt that the multiple perspectives really added to the storyline. It has Gossip Girl vibes (probably a major reason I enjoyed it). The book is also over 500 pages, so not that short, yet I finished in a few days. I am on the wait list for the second book but I can’t wait to read it.
Marriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren Layne
This is the final book in the Central Park Pact trilogy, so it’s hard to give a synopsis without giving too much away. I loved the whole series but I particularly enjoyed the final book. It’s a light read, a little comedic and super cute.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
This was a random find on Libby, and turned out to be great. It follows the main character, Stella, and her adventures in dating. What makes this book unique vs many other romance novels, is that Stella has Asperger’s. The sex scenes are pretty explicite so I wouldn’t recommend this to a younger audience, but they were sooo well written. I believe the author is also autistic and in the Author Acknowledgements she also discusses that she consulted with many people with diffrent views. I have seen some reviews that state this storyline isn’t very realistic, though I wasn’t that concerned about it since it is fiction after all.
More Than Words by Jill Santopolo
I wouldn’t call it a light read, but it’s also not super serious, I guess medium? I feel like the main character, Nina, had to over come multiple conflicts/difficulties, and made some interesting decisions. I very much enjoyed the author’s writing, it was captivating and fit the character well.
Honorable mentions include Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn and The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. Thank you so much for reading. Please feel free to share your book recommendations, I would love to add them to my TBR list.