Recommending some of the books I’ve read recently

AKA I haven’t written reviews for these books and don’t know when that will happen but I really enjoyed them and think everyone should read them

Happy Monday, everyone! Even though I participate in giving Monthly Recommendations, I thought I would start my own where every couple weeks I give recommendations for a specific topic (also Monthly Recommendations has been dead lately so).

Today I’m honestly just talking about the books I’ve read recently, because I think they’re good and everyone should read them.

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The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson: this book follows a new teacher and her high school students throughout the course of one year. My review of this was just posted on Friday so I won’t go into it too much, but I really enjoyed this book and thought it was highly entertaining.

Social Creatures by Tara Isabella Burton: I have recently discovered that I love books where one of the main characters rises and then falls again. Are they predictable? Yes. But I love them nonetheless. This is the book that helped me discover that, and I loved it. It was so entertaining and so much fun to read.

The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir: another book that was just really entertaining. I loved the characters in this book, and if you’re able to suspend your belief a little, it’s great. I highly recommend it if you want something fairly easy to read.

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney: I get the hype for this book. Being honest, I didn’t think I would enjoy it based on the first few chapters. I found it really slow to start. But, I ended up becoming really involved in the characters and I really enjoyed it in the end. So if this book is on your radar, I’d definitely recommend it.

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Night Film by Marisha Pessl: this thriller was vvv entertaining. In all honesty, I don’t think thrillers are for me. I just never find them thrilling and I find the characters are often lacking and they’re fairly predictable. But, there were some parts of this I really enjoyed, and I think someone who enjoys thrillers more than me could love this.

Glass Beads by Dawn Dumont: this is a short story anthology by an Indigenous author that follows four Indigenous people throughout their life. I really enjoyed it and thought it was super interesting. The stories follow a more or less chronological progression, and it was really interesting to see the characters develop over time.

The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neil: I posted my review for this recently, but I loved the setting and the characters in this book. It was super interesting (and it’s Canadian!). If you enjoyed The Night Circus, I think you’d love this book too.

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So those are some books I’ve read and loved recently that I think everyone should read! Have you read these? What were your thoughts? What books have you enjoyed recently? Let me know!

Ally xx

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