Alarah's Picks

The History of Bees: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501161384
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Published: Atria Books - June 5th, 2018

It has been long since I have willingly lost sleep to finish a book I chose to read out of pleasure instead of necessity. I am absolutely in love with this book. The way the stories are intertwined is so beautifully crafted, I wish I could go back and re-read this book again for the first time and rediscover the plot over again. I loved the short chapters that held my attention and begged me to keep learning about the complex lives of William, George, and Tao. This book is so beautiful and I feel lucky to have discovered it. What an incredible story with a powerful lesson on the importance of bees and our lives connected to them, all with an aura of hope for the future.

Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come: One Introvert's Year of Saying Yes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781449499235
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - May 28th, 2019

As an introvert, I related hard to this book. The experiences and subsequent reactions to the crazy shenanigans she put herself through made me laugh and blush. I initially went into reading this book because I appreciated the cover and the synopsis Jessica Pan provides, but I came out of this book with such a greater knowledge of what it means to be introverted and extroverted and how saying "yes" really isn't the worst thing in the world.  

I would highly recommend this book if you're (a) looking for ideas and ways to expand your comfort zone, (b) wanting to laugh at someone else's various successes and/or failures for putting themselves out of their comfort zone, or (c) just wanting to read a really fun story of what it is like to like to continually grow and do things we never thought we would do in our lives. 

Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers Cover Image
By Anna James, Paola Escobar (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781984837127
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Published: Philomel Books - September 24th, 2019

Oh how I adored this sweet book! Eleven-year-old Tilly has the ability to travel into her favourite books, and the adventures she finds herself in reminded me of books I loved reading as a kid and made me wish I was a bookwanderer, too! 

A powerful story highlighted with the importance of family, love, and books made this one of my favourites for 2019! 

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