READ: My 5 Most Anticipated Reads of 2019 & Throwback to 2018’s Finest

New year, new reads!

I’ve always been an avid reader. Gimme ALL the books. Sadly, as I got older and started collecting these things called “responsibilities", I’ve had to get very intentional about making the time to read. In the past 2 years or so, I got into the habit of creating a booklist in the Notes app of my phone; adding to it whenever a title or cover catches my attention. Or when Oprah sprinkles her fairy dust on a novel and gives it her stamp of approval, because let’s face it, that woman keeps a steady ear to the streets when it comes to books.

One of my favourite ways to start a fresh, new year is to 1) finalize my official reading list, and 2) get to filling my virtual basket with half a dozen books that will grace my front door within 48 hours thanks to Amazon Prime. However, this year I’m only getting to fulfill the former because, well … I’m trying to be more “financially responsible” (here’s that word again, sigh) and avoid having books pile up at a faster rate than they’re being read. Nonetheless, in the spirit of staying ready, I decided to choose the 5 books on my list that I’m most excited about this year, and guess what? I’m sharing them with you because #SharingTrulyIsCaring

Missy’s 5 most anticipated reads for 2019:

 

1. Becoming by Michelle Obama
- Obviously. This is my first book of the year and I’m sure it’s going to live up to all my expectations. Every single one. I will warn you, it’s a long read but don’t let that intimidate you. It’s heartfelt, the subsections - becoming me, becoming us and becoming more, speak volumes to depth of thought and comprehensivenesses of the memoir.

 

2. Stay With Me by Ayòbámi Adébáyò
- I always go out of my way to choose books written by women, but especially books written by women who look like me. I am beyond excited for this book; I am a fiction lover at heart. The story is centered around a Nigerian couple who are having trouble conceiving and touches on sensitive topics like infertility, as well as womanhood, marriage and tradition.

 

3. I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) by Brené Brown
- I hopped onto the Brene train a bit late, but I had the chance to read both Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection last year. I’m pretty new to this genre of self-help/new age books, but I find her style engaging and her research very relevant. In this book she presents her data on shame, its impact on women in particular, and offers insight on overcoming its crippling effects.

 

4. The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton
- This is the memoir of a black man wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for murder in the deep south. Another passion of mine is true crime, so this book caught my attention immediately when I heard his interview on Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday. If you haven’t seen or heard it yet — there’s a podcast by the way, I highly, highly recommend it. It’s a heartbreaking interview, I shed a few tears at the outright injustice of it all, but it’s reminds us that there’s a real person behind the story. In his memoir he writes about the 30 years he spent on death row — for a crime he didn’t commit. That’s 3 decades people…he spent 30 birthdays in a cell, 30 Christmases away from his family…because of the colour of his skin. Looking forward to the read but I know its going to be a tough one.

 

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
- This is a classic and it’s been a book I've wanted to read for years. This year it’s finally going to happen! It is a story of a student and his mentor, Morrie, who is dying from ALS. Aware of his impending death, Morrie uses their time together — every Tuesday — to share the life lessons and wisdom he’s collected over the years; often referred to as “lessons on how to live”. Another tear-jerker. Here’s to ugly cries all 2019.

Last year, I challenged myself to read one book every month. It was a lofty goal that I just threw out there, thinking to myself I’d probably get to 5 or 6 of them. Somehow, I managed to read 11 books. (Apparently there may actually be some validity to this making time for the things you love concept … interesting.) Anyways, I figured it would be fun to share my 5 favourite reads from 2018 as well.

Missy’s top 5 reads from 2018:

  1. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown — if you want to take the first steps to being the best version of you and living your most authentic life

  2. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz — if you want a book you can read once every year and still get some new out of it

  3. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — if you need a fiction fix and you enjoy a turbulent love story that spans across race, social class and continents.

  4. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue — if you need a fiction fix and you enjoy an emotional glimpse into the immigrant experience in America

  5. The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas — if you want a story that tackles the very real issues of race and police violence

There you have it! Ten new titles you could possibly add to your own booklist. Drop a line in the comments to tell me about your favourite books and the ones you’re most looking forward to reading this year! I’m all ears … and eyes 😉

Stay kind,

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