Monday, March 01, 2021

book report / january and february.

Every year I set a reading goal of 52 books. So far this year, I've read six books, which sounded pretty good until I realized I had read fourteen(!) by this time last year. I think this is a sign that I need to put my phone down and pick up a book...

Here are super short reviews of the books I've read so far: 

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel / It took me awhile to get into it and I kept wondering why so many people loved it. Now that I've finished it, woah. Intense, well-written, thriller-esque, and I thought about it for awhile afterwards.

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory / It was light and fun, but not my fave in the series.

*A Promised Land by Barack Obama / Happily listened to all 29 hours (at 1.5x speed) and am eagerly awaiting the second volume.

*The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo / I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a while. When I wasn't reading it, I wanted to be. The writing was exquisite; I wanted to highlight so many passages. Highly recommend if you love long family sagas.

*They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School by Bev Sellars / I recommend this to anyone, but especially my fellow Canadians. I learned a lot and kept thinking, 'Why wasn't I taught about any of this in school?' 

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite / I liked the premise but was left wanting more—more twists, more character development, and a more detailed plot.

Do you have any recommendations for me?

P.S. More book reports.

P.P.S. If you want more frequent updates about what I'm reading, I share every time I finish a book in my Instagram stories.

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