Another month down and if you are anything like me you are well into the Christmas Spirit already. My tree has been up for weeks, the lights have gone up on the house, and I am so happy there is still over a month of Christmas Spirit to go.
Dark mornings and evenings are always such a wonderful time to curl up with a good book and cup of tea, and as the weather gets chillier I find myself taking more baths with book.
There hasn’t been an abundance of amazing books this month, but there have a been a few that have really captured me. Be sure to let me know what you have been reading lately and if there is anything that I should pick up. My hold for President Obama’s memoir just came in so I am excited to start reading that one soon and maybe coming back to a few favourites for Christmas.
More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are by Elaine Welteroth
I first learned about Elaine through watching her seasons judging on Project Runway and was very intrigued by her story, but never learned much about her before this book. I really enjoyed the way that she wrote, learning about her history, and about her time working up to be head of Teen Vouge. Overall I really enjoyed this book a lot.
I may know a bit more about Harry and Meghan but I really enjoyed this perspective on their lives. While this book is definitely positive towards them you could tell it was written by people who travelled with and knew them well. I also enjoyed that it involved time all the way until 2020 and really shone a light into their lives in a new way.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
This book was nothing like I was expecting and it quickly became one of my top books of the entire year. Linus is a case worker for the Department in Charge of Magical Youth and when he is sent on a top secret assignment to a very special orphanage filled with dangerous children he has no idea what (and who) is in store for him. This book was sad, happy, made me cry, and made me laugh. Definitely pick up this book.
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon
I am realizing I really wanted to read about the lives of people this month. This book about RBG was also great and gave a good insight into her life, her thoughts, and her struggles. I really enjoyed the pictures and memories scattered throughout the book as well as a look into some of her important cases.
The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline
This book was another 5-star read of the year, this time focusing on criminals sent to Australia. The main character Evangeline is sent to prison when it is found that she is pregnant with her employers son’s child and sent across the ocean. On the journey she befriends a young girl who trained to be a midwife which is a good this as she knows her child will be born on this former slave ship. We also meet a young aboriginal girl, relocated from her ancestral lands and adopted by the new governor. We see how their paths cross, and time passes, in the land beyond the sea.
Please let me know what you are reading and loving lately!
Numbers are for the full year, topics are for the challenges I completed this month.
Total 2020 Books: 279
Goodreads Choice Awards: 20/20
Book Riot Read Harder Challenge: 22/24
- Read a book where the main character has a disability: The Pretty One by Keah Brown
- Read a horror book by and Indie Press: We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix
ARC’s Read: 55