Hello December! The last month of this year; the last chapter of 2019. I could wait till the end of the month to share this post because I may find another book to add to the list, but, with my due date being early December, I’m basically assuming that I won’t be adding others to my list and I basically won’t have time to dive into books as much for a little while.
My intention was to post book reviews regularly, but this year has been a bit busier than expected for us. Also, truthfully, I didn’t even have time to really read that many books until just a few weeks ago; when I really got back into it. Pregnancy would not really let me focus on reading, and once I got into bed at night, I would prefer to turn on a tv show or movie and would just fall asleep right away. In the last few weeks, my reading has picked up drastically, and I’ve gone through at least a book a week – that’s a quick pace for me.
So, although there are many books I still have on my “to read” list that I haven’t gotten to, I wanted to share with you the books I have read so far this year, and loved. Here we go:
The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind by Barbara Lipska
A memoir, both frightening and enlightening. Barbara Lipska tells her story; her experiences and lessons, as a deadly cancer spread through her body. She recounts what happened to her body and brain during that time in her life, and how it affected both her and her family. Although the story recounts many scientific terms and situations, it also greatly touches on the human side of things. For fans of Brain on Fire, this is one that will keep you flipping pages until you’ve reached the end.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
I know, I know. This book came out back in November 2018, but I just picked up a copy a few months ago and read it a few weeks ago. I needed to be in the right mindset for this book. I was very interested to read it, as I’ve heard really great reviews on it, but I wanted to make sure I was fully engaged with the story when reading it,. So, why did it make my top 5 best books of 2019 list? Simple; it’s a true story, it’s inspiring, motivating, and written from a powerful female perspective in the political world. I’ve never been really interested in politics, but seeing/reading things from Michelle’s perspective gave me a new outlook on the world of government. No, she doesn’t go deep into political issues and whatnot, but it was a big part of her life for many years and therefore it’s definitely incorporated within the pages of her book. I also really enjoyed how the book is laid out into three parts; BECOMING. It’s fascinating and inspiring to read her story from the beginning to where she is now,
The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson
Being a fashion girl, this book caught my eye the moment I saw it. Not only is it a historical fiction, it also takes place in one of London (UK’s) designer workrooms, where many of the world’s most famous dresses were designed and created. The story is split into two timelines; 1947 (London) and 2016 (Toronto), to tell the story of the creation of the world famous wedding gown of Princess Elizabeth, as well as the story and lives of those who created it. In general I love historical fiction/non fiction so this was a book I was really looking forward to reading, and it did not disappoint.
On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah
I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t recommend a book by Kristin Hannah. Although I read (and reread) a few of her books this year, this one really stuck out for me. As always, Kristin tells her story completely different than any other writer I’ve read.This time, Kristin takes her readers into a small town in Washington, where a mother/wife is coming to terms with her newly changed life situation and identity. A beautifully written story with just enough detail from the author, for the reader to create his/her own image of the tale.
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
I really cannot describe this book any better than its actual description: “Vividly rendered and inspired by true events, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff shines a light on the incredible heroics of the brave women of the war and weaves a mesmerizing tale of courage, sisterhood and the great strength of women to survive in the hardest of circumstances.”
Goodnight from London by Jennifer Robson
Set in London during the 1940’s, Ruby, a New Yorker moves to London to pursue a career at a local London newsmagazine, reporting on the daily and weekly events of 1940’s life in London. This story not only gives insight into the harsh and difficult times in London during the 1940’s but also, provides the reader a look into personal lives of the people living in this city.
Well, that’s it for this year in book recommendations, but rest assured I am continuously adding new books to my list and picking up new ones to read. I will definitely be back with more recommendations, and of course, a “Best Books of the Year” list at the end of 2020.