the best books i read this month – december 2019

This is it. The final monthly book post of 2019. I have been reading a lot this month to catch up and read my goal of 300 books this year. As of writing this I have two books left with two days left to read them and I am confident that I will be able to do so.

As I have already written my post on my Top 19 Books of 2019 there are a few books here that will be repeats, but there will also be a few new ones that I have not shared yet.

What are some of the top books that you have read lately? Please let me know in the comments below!

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

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This book of poetry, telling the story of a young immigrant from Syria is poignant and touching, as well as insightful into the life of an immigrant family that has been separated and adjusting to life in the United States.

Beating Guns: Hope for People Who Are Weary of Violence by Shane Claiborne

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I believe that Shane Claiborne is one of the great voices of this century and this book was a sobering but good one. Filled with facts and statistics, as well as the names of those killed by mass shootings throughout the United States. This book is meant to give hope and I could definitely see a glimpse of that through these words and work that people are doing.

A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett

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This is not the first, tenth, or probably even 20th time that I have read this book as it is one of my ultimate favourites. I decided that this book was to be my Christmas read this year and although only a small part of this book happens at Christmas the joy at the end fills me with the same joy as Christmas morning.

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

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This book was not what I was expecting, but it talked about race, privilege, and white saviors in a way that I have never seen before. This book centres around two women, one who works for the other and the ways that their relationship changes that they could have never imagined.

Followers by Megan Angelo

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This book was a trip, and I mean that in a good way. Taking place in two times 2015 and 2051 this book follows Orla (and her roomate Floss) and Marlow. Orla is living in the beginning world of influencers, when social media was really what drew everyone together, and what drew them apart. Things have changed a lot by 2051 in that Marlow is an influencer, but the cameras never stop rolling and she lives in a town of only influencers. There are hints to something bad that happened back in 2016, but things seem to be better now.

Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisley

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A graphic novel memoir of pregnancy, loss, and truth. This book was real and I loved the facts peppered throughout about pregnancy and birth throughout human history. Since then I have also read the authors book about marriage, which I enjoyed greatly as well.

In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado

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Hauntingly beautiful and told in a very interesting way this book tracks a relationship from its bad beginning, to bad middle, and bad end. I felt connected to this book by the end and while difficult to read at times, this book was very powerful.

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

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This book helped me live out my dreams of living in a travelling school bus, and while the adventures of Coyote are sometimes a bit far fetched I found this book such a fun journey and one that turns out to have so much more than anticipated.

What have you been reading and loving lately?

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

Books Read in 2019: 298 (will hit 300 by the end of the 31st)
Canadian Book Challenge: 13/13
Goodreads Choice: 20/20
ARC’s Read: 71

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