January 2019

My January 2019 in books! Recommendations by mood & a bit about how I felt about each read (& why).

  • For those of us who have always dreamt of being Eloise: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • For the one to fill your heart: Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • For the short stories that blend the supernatural with the smashing of the patriarchy: You Know You Want This by Kristen Roupenian
  • For the essays and stories that come back to mind over and over: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
  • For the one to give you the heebie jeebies: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
  • For the one where you’re going to need to talk about the ending with someone else: Adèle by Leila Slimani
  • For the protagonists you’ll love and hate all at once: Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
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December 2018

The books I read this December; recommendations organized by mood!

  • For the one to devour in one sitting: Normal People by Sally Rooney
  • For when you’ve watched The Holiday too many times: One Day in December by Josie Silver
  • For when you crave a new experience: Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson
  • For the one that’s maybe too cute: What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli
  • For when you want to do drugs but actually you’d rather just read about them: My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • For the frustrating but oh, so romantic love story: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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November 2018

All of the books I read in November, organized by mood.  I’ve linked my more in depth reviews wherever possible.

  • For the short but sweet story that will hit you in the heart: Fox 8 by George Saunders
  • For when you feel like falling in love (and out of love, and maybe back in): Places I Stopped on the Way Home by Meg Fee
  • For when you want to decide for yourself whether the movie lives up to the book: Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  • For a beautiful novel that reads like a collection of short stories, sweeping across centuries and continents: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • For a rom-com, plain and simple: Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • For the memoir that will make you cry, both of laughter and of pain: This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps
  • For when you’d like to take a ten day health retreat but can’t get out of the office, escape through: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
  • For those days you wished you lived in NYC, surrounded by your imperfect childhood friends: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

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October 2018

All of the books I read in October, organized by mood.  I’ve linked my more in depth reviews wherever possible.

  • For the super-duper fun adventure: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
  • For when you need to fill the void in your heart that A Star is Born left behind: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (out March 2019)
  • For a gothic, spooky, literary adventure down the streets of Barcelona: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (reread)
  • For when you need a reminder that humanity can actually be beautiful sometimes (and so awful at others): Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (audio & reread)
  • For when you just want to smile: Slothilda by Dante Fabiero
  • For to make the flu season heebie jeebies even worse: Severance by Ling Ma
  • For a reminder that being a teenage girl is being a teenage girl, no matter what country: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

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September 2018

All of the books I read in September, organized by mood.  I’ve linked my more in depth reviews wherever possible.

  • For when you’re craving a story of politely estranged families: Strike Your Heart by Amélie Nothomb
  • For when you’d rather be creeped out than sleep at night: You by Caroline Kepnes
  • For a novel that reads like short stories: There There by Tommy Orange
  • For the rom-com with the right combo of romance and realism: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
  • For a graphic memoir that will make you chuckle and cry: Passing For Human by Liana Finck
  • For that story of female friendship across years and continents: The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles
  • For when you just want to escape on that good old childhood adventure: Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit
  • For that reminder that girls have been doing badass things for a really long time: The Radical Element by Jessica Spotswood
  • For the chance to compete in a magical but dangerous game: Legendary by Stephanie Garber
  • For the one that will make you cry: The Caregiver by Samuel Park
  • For a swashbuckling & diverse teenage adventure tale: A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
  • For a melancholy afternoon submerged in words and water: The Seas by Samantha Hunt

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July & August 2018

My favorite reads from July and August, organized by mood.  I’ve linked my more in-depth reviews wherever possible!

  • For that author who just gets life as a 20-something: The Bucket List by Georgia Clark
  • For the reader who just can’t get enough of cults: The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon
  • For the spooky short stories that will keep you up at night: Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enríquez
  • For the historical fiction lover who wants to learn about an event they’ve maybe never heard of: Visible Empire by Hannah Pittard
  • For the high school love stories that will tug at your heart again and again: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (1, 2, & 3) by Jenny Han
  • For the story you’ll remember forever: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
  • For when you need a reminder that females are strong as hell: Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
  • For a beautiful intertwinement of friendship and music: The Ensemble by Aja Gabel
  • For the letter writer: Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson
  • For the new love gone so, so wrong: Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

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TBR: Fourth of July Edition

Four days of vacation, five books… Seems about right?  I know it’s far more than I’ll get through during this vacation, but each is a different genre and I just couldn’t cut it down any further.

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June 2018

Each of the books I read in June, organized by mood.  I’ve linked my more in-depth reviews wherever possible!

  • For the memoir that will make you cry: I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell
  • For the one to keep you up at night: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
  • For the whirlwind summer romance: When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri
  • For the hauntingly beautiful short stories: Florida by Lauren Groff
  • For the worldwide adventure: Less by Andrew Sean Greer
  • For the chance to snoop through someone else’s inbox: Hey Ladies! by Caroline Moss & Michelle Markowitz
  • For when you want to indulge your inner romantic: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • For the rollercoaster read: The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir
  • For a reminder of what it was like to fall in love for the first time: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
  • For the frustration of “why can’t they just work it out:” This Love Story Will Self-Destruct by Leslie Cohen

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May 2018

Each of the books I read in May, organized by mood.  I’ve linked my more in-depth reviews wherever possible!

  • For when you’re craving a dark, modern fairy tale: What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine
  • For historical fiction that will immerse you in a lesser known era: America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo
  • For a dark novel that reads like a collection of short stories: Sorority by Genevieve Sly Crane
  • For a collection of short stories that will sweep you away for an afternoon: Awayland by Ramona Ausbel
  • For a techy adventure with a fascinating female lead: The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen
  • For when you’re ready for a multi generational memoir of addiction, parenthood, institutional racism, & more: Air Traffic by Gregory Pardlo
  • For when you just want to laugh out loud: Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley
  • For a novel that so expertly describes the experience of a doctor’s office waiting room: Disoriental by Négar Djavadi
  • For a chance to live as that rule-breaking teenager you never truly were: Marlena by Julie Buntin
  • For a steamy (& well-written) love triangle in the foreign world of New Guinea in the 1930s: Euphoria by Lily King
  • For a magical world so beautiful it will make your heart hurt when the book is over: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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April 2018

Each of the books I read in April, organized by mood.  I’ve linked my more in-depth reviews wherever possible!

  • For that day when you need a reminder to just chill out: In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham
  • For a story that will make you grateful for all the things not going wrong in your life: The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy
  • For a nonfiction read to make you nostalgic for your high school theater glory days: Drama High by Michael Sokolove
  • For a short story collection that feels like binge-watching TV: You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curist Sittenfeld
  • For a memoir that will have you picking your jaw up off the floor again and again: Educated by Tara Westover
  • For a novel-reading experience that feels like a form of 2018-specific therapy: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
  • For a creepy NYC thriller that will make you want to delete all forms of social media and throw your phone out the window: Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton
  • For a meandering read that takes its time through an Upper West Side neighborhood: Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen