Although I had more time to read this year, I didn’t. I used to read during my commute, so it took me a while to find a spot for reading during my day. I still managed to get through 24 books, and these were my favourites.

A Promised Land – Barack Obama

I loved Becoming by Michelle Obama, so I knew I was in for a treat with Barack’s book. To hear his side of the story and all he went through just to make a difference in people’s lives is mind-blowing. I wish we had more leaders that were this inspiring, who understand the meaning of hard work, who believes in bringing people together and not tearing them apart. Can’t wait for part 2!

Untamed – Glennon Doyle

I picked this book to read because it was everywhere. So I thought: might as well read it. From the first sentence, I was hooked. Being a woman is not easy, and having the courage to stand up and break away from what is expected from you is even harder. Glennon’s story is very inspiring and just reinforces what I always believed in – follow your gut.

The Testaments – Margaret Atwood

I watched A Handmaid’s Tale at the beginning of the pandemic, and I was sold. I read the book, and it was great, so when I found out there was a second book, I had to jump on it. This book tells the end of the story, and I couldn’t put it down until I was done. It’s so full of action and surprises, you just want to know what happens next. I don’t know if the show will follow this storyline, but I won’t complain if that’s the case.

Maybe You Should Talk To Someone – Lori Gottlieb

I love anything related to psychology, and I thought this book was about therapy. In reality, the book is about the author, a therapist, who shares her story and her struggles with understanding and accepting her emotional issues. It’s also great to hear the stories she shares about some of her patients and how they overcame their own issues. It’s funny, engaging, and very relatable.

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

I am one of those people who will read the book and complain about the TV show or movie adaptation if it’s not as good as the original. This was not one of those cases. I watched the TV show first, and I loved how original the story was. Although different, the story told by the book doesn’t disappoint. Unique and familiar, the story makes you reflect on what would you do if you were in that situation.

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