Book Club Reads and mini reviews

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So far 2019 is looking like it will be a good reading year for me. (Now that I’m out of grad school and have my brain back.) I’ve been spending more and more time making trips to our local library of late (we are LOVING that it’s four blocks from our house.)

I also joined a second book club this year to get integrated into my new community (the book club is through my small-town library) and read some books I might not otherwise read.

I read all of these (and a few more) over my January and wanted to make my recommendations for anyone out there who is looking for a new read.

Us Against You was BY FAR my favourite. Us Against You is the sequel to Beartown, both by Fredrick Backman, though each novel stands on its own. Right now these two books rank in my top 15 books of ALL TIME. (Maybe even in top 10.) I love, love, love the writing in them and stand amazed at Backman’s ability to weave together a story so beautifully and perfectly. I can not say enough good things about these books and will not stop trying for the rest of my life.

Beautiful Boy by David Sheff was my second fave read of the month – a solid 4.5 stars, though it is certainly heartbreaking. It’s a story about a father’s journey with his son’s meth addiction. This was the February read for my “old” book club.

This Is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel gets a solid 4 and left me thinking for weeks. (Which I think is a high compliment – I always want to write books that leave people thinking.) I have SO many thoughts and questions after this read and am enjoying hearing others’ thoughts on it as well.

No Relation by Terry Fallis, a Canadian author!, was a fun read and gets 3 stars from me. This was my first read for my new book club.

To be honest, I struggle rating books on a 5 star scale as there is little room between the numbers – i.e. I’d probably give partial points to most of my ratings but this is NOT an option with the system we are given.

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