Best Books I Received as ARCs

Top5Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. I am not someone who receives or asks for a lot of ARCs! I get overwhelmed when I have too many books to read and being such a mood reader I do not like the pressure of feeling like I have to read by a certain time. However, I am part of the Canadian blogger program at Penguin Random House, so three of the five books I am talking about today are from that program. I am so grateful to Penguin and I have loved so many of the books that they have sent me!

Wild Beauty by Anne-Marie McLemore

(from Raincoast Books)

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Not only was Wild Beauty the first arc that I received, I also think that it is the most beautiful. It is also one of my favourite books and I was completely charmed by both the characters and the story. This is magical realism done right! It is so atmospheric and memorable. I read it almost a year ago and it feels like yesterday!

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You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

(from Raincoast Books)

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You Bring the Distant Near is a book that I feel is underrated. It is a multi-generational story that follows the lIves of American immigrants. I especially adored the first half of this novel. If you enjoyed Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi then I would highly recommend picking up this book, even if you do not often read Young Adult.

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Tin Man by Sarah Winman

(From Penguin Random House)

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Tin Man has become one of my favourite books of all time! Also, how gorgeous is that cover?! This is such a quiet story that weighed so heavy on my heart and soul. I really fell in love with these two characters and reading about their almost love story. I was not expecting to have my heart ripped apart like it was!

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The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

(From Penguin Random House)

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The Beauty That Remains has become one of my favourite YA novels. It is right up there with I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, which is saying something! I have come to realize that I enjoy stories that focus on the arts, particularly music. I also connected to all of the characters and thought it was interesting to see how differently and realistically they each handled their grief. I was also very satisfied with how the story came together in the end!

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I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

(From Penguin Random House)

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I Am, I Am, I Am was the first non-fiction novel that I read this year, and it reminded me just how much I enjoy them! Maggie O’Farrell is beyond talented and I adored the way that she told her story. It was interesting to see how she weaved her close encounters with death with the story of her life. I particularly enjoyed the final chapter in which she talks about her daughter.

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