the best books I read this month – january 2020

Just don’t ask me about this month, I honestly have no idea where it went at all. Even typing this feels weird because I feel like I haven’t touched a keyboard in eons. Let alone touched a book, but according to my Goodreads I did do some reading at the beginning of the month.

I also never got to making a post about my reading goals for 2020 so look out for that in the coming month so for now I will just share some of my top reads and what I really enjoyed this month.

What Kind of Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

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This book centres around the experiences of girls; the anxious girl, the bulimic girl, the popular girl, the activist, and more. After one girl reveals that her boyfriend Mike has been abusing her, these girls all collide and the whole school has to decide who to believe, and where the lines will be drawn.

This book has a bit of a mystery to it, by not revealing the names of the girls until you are very far into the story and I really loved that. It allows you to understand the story and then put names to their stories. This book made me mad with the subject matter, but I think this is a very important book and especially important for high-schoolers to read.

As you begin to put the pieces together you start to read other sides of stories, from other girls who don’t know the whole story, but have stories of their own. This is a heavy book, but one that is sadly true for many people

The Toll (Arc of a Scythe, #3) by Neal Shusterman

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This book is the conclusion to the Arc of a Scythe trilogy and was an amazing way to end the series. Though this book is massive (over 600 pages) I raced through it so quickly as I needed to know what was going to happen. There were many twists and turns and the book takes you through many years which is very different from the first two.

I love that these books take different voices as the narrator and overall I am very sad that the series is now over, but this was such a good way for it to end.

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

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A man is found dead in the middle of the Australian dessert, between his two brothers properties, but also close to his car full of water, supplies, and a working radio. How did he end up dead and was someone else involved?

I love the settings of Jane Harper’s books, and learning more about the Australian outback. This book took twists and turns I wasn’t expecting and was a great mystery to read.

Miracles and Other Reasonable Things: A Story of Unlearning and Relearning God by Sarah Bessey

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Sarah Bessey is such a personal and vulnerable author and a Christian working through many of the same issues that I find myself working through. When I first read her book, Jesus Feminist years ago I knew that she was an author I would follow and I think she keeps getting better.

This book deals with recovery and healing, pain and prayer, the Pope and the Holy Spirit. I love the treatment of miracles that this book gives and the writing that makes me feel like I am having a conversation with her.

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

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Two teens fall in love, but they cannot touch, or even get within 5 feet of each other. This book reminded me of many of the books that I read as a young teenager, in a good way.

I enjoyed that even though this book takes place in a hospital and is full of sick kids, it has so many moments of lightness and humour alongside the sadness that this book inevitably brings.

Now let me know, what are the best books that you have read this month?

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Books Read this Month: 16

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