I'll admit it, I'm a book addict. I've loved to read all my life and really enjoy the feeling of diving deep into a novel and being transported into a different world and a different life. It's my favourite way to relax, my favourite way to learn, and my favourite way to broaden my creativity.
Currently, I'm the leader of not one, but TWO local book clubs, and I couldn't be happier. Book Klub is a fun, relaxed club I started with some past co-workers. We alternate who selects a book each month which gives us the chance to try genres and books we typically wouldn't pick up ourselves. On the other hand, The Wild Woman Book Club is an initiative started by The Ace Class. Women get together throughout Canada once a month, and we discuss the same book. The conversations are stimulating, exciting, and engaging, and the networking aspect is one of a kind.
So, if your 2019 goal is to read more, or you simply want to relax with a good book while the weather slowly warms up, then read on. I have suggestions for you:
Top 6 Books to Read:
When people first hear that I’m a huge book worm (and self-proclaimed book addict), their first question is usually, “what’s your favourite book?”. Well, here it is. Written by a death row investigator, The Enchanted takes on a real and raw perspective of what it’s like to be on death row.
Each character is so beautifully written and really lets you sink into their emotions. I devoured this book. And for the first time ever, the second I was finished, I flipped right to the front and started again. Why? Well because I didn’t want to miss anything!
Guaranteed to leave you satisfied, I suggest diving into 2019 with some Rene Denfeld, and seeing where her story takes you.
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I’m not typically drawn to books about Greek mythology, but this one caught my eye (plus, I’ve heard so many great things, I couldn’t miss out). And let me tell you, I am glad I picked it up!
Madeline Miller does a fantastic job relaying some of the most famous figures in Greek mythology, while twisting it into a novel you can’t put down. The story is captivating and leaves you wanting more. This page turner is a definite must read and will help quench your thirst for fantasy, mythology, gods and monsters.
I listened to this book on Audible, narrated by Perdita Weeks, and really enjoyed the audio version. I caught myself turning to my Audible account whenever I had a few seconds to listen, and I got through this book in lightning speed. Pick it up and transport yourself in a fantastic world unlike any you have experienced before.
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I read this book in one of my book clubs, and immediately fell in love. In our world of reality TV, and celebrities that let us into our lives, it’s really fascinating to read about a different perspective. I immediately fell in love with Essie’s character, and cheered her on through the entire novel. The twists and turns are unexpected and beautifully incorporated into the novel.
What would you do if your entire life was broadcast? If you were the best-known person, and family, in your town? Take a read and see what Essie chooses to do.
CRAVING MORE MEGHAN MACLEAN WEIR? THE BOOK OF ESSIE IS MEGHAN'S DEBUT NOVEL. I WILL POST UPDATES WITH ANY POSSIBLE FUTURE RELEASES.
This is book one in Neal Shusterman’s Unwind series and let me tell you, it caught my eye right away! Another book I listened to on Audible, narrated by Luke Daniels, I couldn’t even believe it myself when I finished this book in less than 48 hours.
Neal transports us into a future world where children can be “unwound” at age thirteen, where all of their organs are transplanted into donors. The writing makes you truly believe this can be a possibility in our future, and leaves you feeling a little unsettled – in the best way possible.
I encourage you to dive into Unwind, and challenge your current thoughts. What reality do you believe lies ahead of us?
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Now, I recommend starting this book when you have the time, it’s a long read. Going on a long flight? Taking advantage of a stay-cation? Pick up A Little Life! Never before did I think that I would be as interested in a book about the lives of four classmates, but Hanya does an incredible job making you feel connected to each character.
A Little Life takes you through decades of friendship, and shows you the trials and tribulations that long friendships can go through. I’ll be honest, it really takes a toll on your emotions. You’ll feel a roller coaster of emotion, and I can guarantee it will leave you feeling.
I believe this book is an important novel for everyone to read, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. A fantastic read, I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
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While this genre does state horror, I would argue that this novel is definitely more sci-fi/dystopian than the true horror we all know from Stephen King (I promise, there are not clowns or red balloons).
Stephen King is a true legend. 2018 was the year I fell head over heels for Stephen King, and his twisted yet magical universes. I’ve read quite a few Stephen King novels last year, but The Stand is definitely my favourite.
Another long read, this book takes us into a time where the world population is cut down drastically because of an outbreak. It takes us through what happens with the survivors, and makes you feel like you’re amongst them.
A fresh twist on the “day after” perspective, The Stand is a book you can’t miss. Stephen King really is a legend in his own right.
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