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Favourite Books of 2018 + 2019 Anticipated Books

February 6, 2019

I realize this post is about a month overdue, but alas here we are.

In 2018 I managed to read 52 books.

Hi, my name is Becky and I’m a book nerd.

I used to be in awe of people who could read 52+ books so I’m pretty pumped to have met that goal. It took some hustle in the month of December, but I did it! I often get asked how I read so much. It’s just become habit. I go to bed early and read for an hour or so each night. I rarely sit down to watch Netflix in favour of making it through my TBR pile. I also bring a book along if I have an appointment so I can read in the waiting room instead of scrolling on my phone. The little times like that add up.

If you’re looking to read more this year, or just looking for some book suggestions, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite reads last year. Make sure you’re following me on IG (@thebexfactor), as I’m always sharing what I’m reading there under the Bex Reads highlight. Plus, you can join in the monthly IG based bookclub!

In no particular order…

  1. Brave – Rose McGowan
  2. The Immortalists – Chloe Benjamin
  3. Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
  4. When Life Gives You Lemons – Lauren Weisberger – This was such a fluffy read but I could not stop talking about it for months afterwards.
  5. The Light We Lost – Jill Santopolo – Honestly, this book was so beautiful and heartbreaking, I was sobbing at the end. And I usually only cry over books about dogs.
  6. This Will Only Hurt a Little – Busy Philipps
  7. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doer
  8. Educated – Tara Westover – If you loved this book, I highly recommend reading North of Normal by Cea Sunrise Person. It’s almost like the Canadian version of Educated.
  9. How to Walk Away – Katherine Center
  10. The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris – This was just such a great story about love and resilience, how could you not love it?
  1. High School, A Memoir Tegan and Sara – I’ve been a big fan of Tegan and Sara since I was in high school and I’m excited to get a glimpse into the life of these Calgary natives.
    Out September 2019
  2. Daisy Jones and the Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid – I actually got my hands on an advanced copy of this book last year,  and I cannot recommend it enough.
    Out March 5, 2019
  3. The Testaments – Margaret Atwood –  this is a long awaited follow up to The Handmaid’s Tale. While I have yet to watch the TV series, I did read this book way back when and the follow up is sure to be just as good/disturbing
    Out September 10, 2019
  4. More Than Words – Jill Santopolo – Because I loved The Light We Lost so much, I can’t wait to read this new one!
    Out February 5, 2019
  5. I Owe You One – Sophie Kinsella – You can always count on Sophie Kinsella for good, fluffy chick lit.
    Out February 5, 2019
  6. On the Come Up – Angie Thomas – After the success of Angie’s first novel, The Hate U Give,  of course I’m excited to dig into her follow up novel!
    Out February 5, 2019
  7. Roar – Cecilia Ahern
    Out April 16, 2019
  8. The Rosie Result – Graeme Simsion – AHHHHH! Another book in the Rosie series! I mean, if you have not read The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect yet, what are you waiting for!?
    Out February 5, 2019
  9. The Bride Test – Helen Hoang
    Out May 7, 2019
  10. The Editor – Steven Rowley – This one probably isn’t going to be on anyone’s radar, but my mom gave me Steven’s first book Lily and the Octopus for Christmas a couple years ago and it was just so so so good. It was different and a little out there but seriously an incredible read. Out April 2, 2019
  11. Things You Save in a Fire – Katherine Centre
    Out August 13, 2019
  12. The Falconer – Dana Czapnik – I was sent a copy of this thanks to Simon and Schuster and highly recommend this beautiful, literary coming of age in NYC story.
    Out January 29, 2019.
  13.  The Last Romantics – Tara Conklin
    Out February 5, 2019
  14. Antoni in the Kitchen – Antony Porowski – Because I’m low key obsessed with Queer Eye and Antoni is a major babe. It’s said this cookbook is supposed to feature easy to make recipes with fewer than five ingredients (I’m here for that), but I’m also hoping that there’s a bunch of photos of Antoni as well.
    Out September 9, 2019
  15. Naturally Tan – Tan France – I mean, while we’re talking Queer Eye, I’ll add this as a guilty please pick. Plus I love memoirs and biographies.
    Out May 14, 2019.

Tell me: What was one of the best books you read in 2018 and what are you looking forward to reading in 2019?

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Cassandra
    February 6, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    I don’t think I can pick just one! When I look through my good reads, I can’t even remember some of the books 🙈.

  • Reply
    Meghan
    February 8, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine! Best book I’ve read in a long time.

    • Reply
      Becky
      February 12, 2019 at 9:21 pm

      I really enjoyed that one too!

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