the best books i read this month – october 2019

The world is definitely seeming darker lately, as the sun isn’t rising until I am getting to work and the temperature is already in the negatives (which is very strange for Vancouver). It is really getting to the time of year where I want to cuddle up and read with some tea or hot chocolate and a fuzzy blanket.

It wasn’t an amazing book month for me, there wasn’t a single 5-star read in the bunch, but there are still a few great books in here that I think you should check out as well. Make sure to let me know some of the best books you have been reading lately and to check out my goodreads for all the books I have been reading.

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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

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Now this is definitely one of the most anticipated books of the year and also I think one of the most divisive. My personal opinion is that I liked it, but it wasn’t a needed book. I really liked being able to go back into the world of Gilead, see what was going on in Canada, and get more insights into Aunt Lydia.

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

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Christina Lauren has quickly become one of my favourite romance authors and this book is definitely up there. What happens when your first love comes back into your life, especially after they were the one who changed it completely. This book was cute and I read it super quickly.

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

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I love reading great middle grade novels, and this one definitely is a great one. Taking place in the 90’s in a small motel, Mia has to take care of the front desk for the motel her parents take care of. Based on the author’s true life this book is heartbreaking and heartwarming.

Across a Broken Shore by Amy Trueblood

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It’s 1936 San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge can be seen being constructed through the fog, and Willa knows her destiny, to become a nun. Her heart is not with the church however, it is in medicine. For years she has been hiding medical textbooks and dreaming of helping people, but she doesn’t want to go against her family. After an accident with her brother she runs into a female doctor and starts to learn that maybe her destiny can change after all.

This book was lovely and it was a story that I really enjoyed reading. I enjoyed the setting and how we are brought up against many different facets of San Francisco’s society in the 1930’s. Willa is also a likeable character and one that frustrated me at times, but whose motivations opened up throughout the story.

Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness

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I love Jonathan Van Ness and this book really brought his true personality to light while also being so true and honest. This book is a great look into Jonathan’s life and I love seeing how he got to the place that he is now.

This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 lessons on how to wake up, take action, and do the work by Tiffany Jewell

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This book is a tough read, because it brings a lot of truth to the pages and a lot of work that needs to be done in the world. It is easier to read though as it brings bright and colourful drawings and specific actions to take in your life to be anti-racist. This book is coming out in early 2020 and is a great one to pick up.

Reading Challenges: (see my wrap-up post here)

Books Read in 2019: 251
Canadian Book Challenge: 13/13
Goodreads Choice: 20/20
ARC’s Read: 62

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What have you been reading and loving lately?

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