Hey Savvy Readers! Although we devour books by the dozen, we all have certain ones that stay with us and have a lasting effect. Are you looking for something new to read? Here are six books that I am so glad I read, and hope you have a chance to read them too!
5-Minute Stories for Fearless Girls by Sarah Howden
This book chronicles the lives of smart, fearless and inspiring women from around the world, in short 5-minute stories, and it is so empowering and uplifting! It’s the perfect book to read with any young reader in your life, and teaches young girls to dream big. But it was also a wonderful book to browse through as an adult. From scientists, to athletes to princesses, these women are an inspiration to everyone, and I can’t recommend this book to enough people!
The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman
This book shot up the Canadian bestseller list and for good reason. The Home for Unwanted Girls is the story of a young girl named Maggie, who at 15, is forced by her family to give up her child. Elodie, her orphaned daughter, is sent to an orphanage in Quebec and subjected to horrible abuse as she is sent to a mental hospital. This incredible novel is actually inspired by true Canadian events. I am so glad to have read this novel, because I had never heard of the Duplessis Orphans before. The Home for Unwanted Girls opened my eyes to a piece of Canadian history that hasn’t been talked about much.
Worry-Free Money by Shannon Lee Simmons
Everyone worries about money and finances, but creating and sticking to a budget can be difficult. That’s where Worry-Free Money comes in. The book’s premise is simple: forget old-fashioned budgeting, and instead, focus on looking at the root cause of the pressure to spend money. It is such a practical book that will help you understand why you overspend and stop this unhappy spending from happening. I read this book as a New Year’s resolution, and it has had a profound effect on me, and has changed the way I look at spending money in my daily life.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Although this book came out in 2014, it is still a book I recommend and gift to people whenever I can. Station Eleven is set fifteen years in the future, after a strange disease has all but wiped out civilization. A theatre troupe called the Travelling Symphony roams around the empty countryside performing Shakespeare. This writing in this book is stunning, as the story explores art, fame and beauty, and the relationships that sustain us.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This book comes up a lot on Savvy Reader, but it deserves all the praise it gets! This book is a necessary read for everyone. Everyone! The story follows a young girl named Starr after she witnesses her best friend get shot by a local police officer. Reading this book really helped me gain a better perspective on race and police brutality and the importance of community. It also reminded me of the sheer power a book can have.
Everyone’s a Aliebn When You’re a Aliben Too by Jomny Sun
This delightful little graphic novel is the perfect pick-me-up when you’re feeling down. It’s an illustrated story of a small lonely alien sent to observe Earth. Jomny the alien meets different Earth creatures and gains new perspectives on life, love, and happiness, while learning to feel a little better about himself. I really enjoyed this book’s humour and the hopeful message it leaves you with! It’s worth reading again and again.
Are there any books that made you feel instantly glad you read them? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!
As always, Happy Reading!
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