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  1. We Were Liars By E. Lockhart
    I remember reading descriptions and reviews of this book a few years back, but finally read it. Well, devoured it really. It's the story of a rich, privileged, teenage girl trying to piece together what happened the summer she was in a accident vacationing on her family's island. I loved getting sucked into the family drama. The book is a combination of poetic and beautiful and fast, fun read. I'm a little undecided on the ending, but definitely enjoyed this one! 8/10
  2. Big Magic by Elizabth Gilbert
    A quick, light, inspirational read. Part self-help and part memoir, you get insight into the author's creative process and success. Would recommend to those specifically in creative careers, ESPECIALLY writers, otherwise the majority of the advice doesn't apply quite as much. 5/10
  3. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
    My first time reading Margaret Atwood (besides her short story Hairball, which I spent a semester analyzing for a psych and lit class 10/10) which is pretty sad, especially as a fellow Canadian! For shame! Needless to say, I loved it and recommend it to all
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Read in November, posted in the middle of December 😳
  1. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
    I didn't know what this book was about, but I remembered seeing a Gone Girl/Girl on the Train comparison and figured I was in for a psychological thriller. This was so much more than that! I loved getting inside the main character's head, I would enjoy reading anything in her voice. It was an interesting experience going from disliking her to feeling fiercely protective over her. Both the high school flashbacks and present day story were equally entertaining. 9/10
  2. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
    I have seen this book in many classrooms and knew I would love it. I also would have loved it if I read it at its intended age, but appreciated it a little extra as an adult reader. It was beautiful and thoughtful and heartbreaking and heartwarming. I liked the different POVs but LOVED that they were only those of kids and not adult characters. This book could spark so many conversations, particularly about what it's like to be seen as (and treated) different than others. 10/10
  3. Pretty Happy by Kate Hudson
    Now this is what I was expecting when I read Khloe's book last month! It was a light, positive book about getting healthy and happy. It was bright and easy and featured photos, illustrations, and a workbook. Kate Hudson did refer to herself as lean/thin/athletic an annoying number of times, but otherwise seems to have a good understanding of the concepts she talks about. That being said, I will not be trying a cleanse anytime soon, but did feel a bit inspired while reading this book! 6.5/10
  4. Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
    This book, about a teenage daughter searching for her mother who has disappeared after a misunderstanding, was not what I was expecting! It didn't fully capture my attention, but kept me entertained enough to want to get to the bottom of it. I did enjoy some of the extremely unique plot lines, and loved that it was light and fun when it could have been dark and twisty, but overall it just wasn't spectacular. 5/10
Finally cracked open some books I've had for ages/paid off my long overdue library fines and celebrated by reading these books 📚
  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
    I wanted to finish this book before watching the movie and I'm glad I did! It followed that unreliable narrator psychological thriller formula that's successful when written well. I really enjoyed it and pressured friends and family to read it when I was done. Loved that it was set in England and LOVED that it was only told through perspectives of women. 8/10
  2. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
    I've had this book in my possession since it came out, but with the movie coming up I decided it was time to read it! My first YA book in a while, and I thought it was going to be more juvenile and I was pleasantly surprised! It created such a unique story that was absolutely engrossing. I loved the careful buildup but felt the climax was a bit rushed, but I suppose it's a series and I'll have to read on! 7/10
  3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    Decided to keep going with the YA books apparently! My first book by this author and I was not disappointed. I can't decide if I would have rather read this while I was in my first year of university or if reading it years later and feeling the nostalgia was a better experience. It was absolutely spot on. I loved that the book and characters didn't fall prey to stereotypical tropes, especially Cath's roommate. A little too dramatic for me but a great read 7/10
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