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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Air Traffic

Thank you to the lovely people at Alfred A. Knopf for my copy of Air Traffic by Gregory Pardlo.  All thoughts and images are my own.

THE DETAILS:

Title: Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America
Author: Gregory Pardlo
Genre: Memoir
Pub date: April 10, 2018
Read if you like: Multi-generational memoirs, addiction stories, beautiful nonfiction prose. Continue reading

Sorority

Thank you to the lovely people at Gallery Books for my copy of Sorority by Genevieve Sly Crane.  All thoughts and images are my own.

THE DETAILS:

Title: Sorority
Author: Genevieve Sly Crane
Genre: Fiction
Pub date: May 1, 2018
Read if you like: Scream Queens, Prep, episodic novels. Continue reading

What Should Be Wild

Thank you to the lovely people at Harper Books for my copy of What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine.  All thoughts and images are my own.

THE DETAILS:

Title: What Should Be Wild
Author: Julia Fine
Genre: Fiction
Pub date: May 8, 2018
Read if you like: Gregory Maguire, Pushing Daisies, and dark fairy tales.   Continue reading

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

 

You Think It, I’ll Say It

Thank you to the lovely people at Random House for my copy of You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld.  All thoughts and images are my own.

THE DETAILS:

Title: You Think It, I’ll Say It
Author: Curtis Sittenfeld
Genre: Short stories
Pub date: April 24, 2018
Read if you like: Her Body and Other Parties and snarky thoughts about the state of our society.

Morgan’s thoughts:

I have a confession to make: I have become a complete short story addict.  This collection is just another genius group of stories to add to the list of incredible collections I’ve read this year: Her Body and Other Parties and All the Names They Used for God.  You Think It, I’ll Say It takes a more realistic, less horrific approach, but is no less entrancing.   Continue reading

Educated

Thank you to the lovely people at Random House for my copy of Educated by Tara Westover.  All thoughts and images are my own.

The details:

Title: Educated
Author: Tara Westover
Genre: Memoir
Pub date: February 20, 2018
Read if you like: The Glass Castle and picking your jaw up off the floor after it has dropped multiple times.

Morgan’s thoughts:

This was a completely mind-blowing read.  I’m not sure what I expected, but this was not it.  I was shocked by the level of access Westover gives the reader into her past.  Her honesty is so compelling.  Once I got into the second half of this memoir, I found it nearly impossible to put down. Continue reading

The Female Persuasion

Synopsis: (as told by the back of the book)

Greer Kadetsky is a college freshman when she meets the woman who will change her life.  Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others.  Hearing Faith speak for the first time, in a crowded campus chapel, Greer feels her inner world light up. She and Cory, her high school boyfriend, have both been hardworking and ambitious, jokingly referred to as “twin rocket ships,” headed up and up and up.  Yet for so long Greer has been full of longing, in search of a purpose she can’t quite name. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites her to make something out her new sense of awakening. Over time, Faith leads Greer along the most exciting and rewarding path of her life, as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory, and the future she’d always imagined.  As Cory’s path, too, is altered in ways that feel beyond his control, both of them are asked to reckon with what they really want. What does it mean to be powerful? How do people measure their impact upon the world, and upon one another? Does all of this look different for men than it does for women? Continue reading

March 2018

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

  • For an insightful new translation of a book you didn’t think you needed to reread after high school but now you do: The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson
  • For a kooky adventure that’ll have you wanting to sharpen your math skills: The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs
  • For a night of Israeli stand-up that will have you cringing with discomfort: A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman
  • For an enchanting memoir that will leave you loving soil in a way never thought possible: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • For a terrific coming of age story of a group of adult friends: The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman
  • For a well-paced mystery that will immerse you in a small town in Japan: Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan
  • For a classic that will make you cry in public if you dare read this book on the subway: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • For a heart-wrenching read that will force you to reconsider what you consider love: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
  • For a thought-provoking, bone-chilling collection of short stories: All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva
  • For a fantastical walk down memory lane: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • For a flowing series of vignettes about a woman growing up in her 30s: Laura and Emma by Kate Greathead
Pass on Sunburn by Laura Lippman.