December Reads ☃🎄

  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
  4. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
    At first I wasn't even sure if I could make it through, some of the thoughts/actions of Finch actually made me shake my head and roll my eyes, BUT it surprisingly grabbed my attention and I powered through. In a word, I would describe this book as FRUSTRATING. I wanted to yell at the characters! I felt sort of iffy about the whole thing, even worse when I read some reviews. What I do appreciate is how realistically the author wrote, as she (unfortunately) went through it herself. 4.5/10
  5. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
    As with similar books filled with advice/stories/essays written by comedians (Tina Fey! Mindy Kaling!), I loved this! It was funny and interesting and inspiring all in one! It reads like one big conversation with the incredible Amy Poehler, one that I wish would last forever. I am obsessed with her line (and my new feminist mantra) "good for her, not for me." I can't think of a single way this book could be any better! 10/10