My favorite reads of this year (and damn, was it a good year of reading), organized by mood! Short stories, essays, novels, love stories, and so much more. Click on a title to read my full review.Continue reading
Places I Stopped on the Way Home
One huge massive shoutout to my wonderful friend Heather for gifting me this book on my last birthday. Heather and I met this past May and she just gets me. Her passing of this book to me on a special occasion just shows the level to which that is true.
Title: Places I Stopped on the Way Home
Author: Meg Fee
Genre: Essay collection
Pub date: May 3, 2018
Read if you like: falling in love, NYC, falling out of love, hope. Continue reading
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
The 2018 TBR
Despite how in denial I am of this fact, we are rapidly approaching the end of 2018. (WhAAATTTT that’s crazy) I spent a bit of time this morning staring at my shelves and got absurdly overwhelmed by the titles I had promised myself I would read this year (some new, some old) and now it feels time is running out. So, here are ten titles that I’m committing to finishing before we crash into January 1, 2019! I’m a mood reader and pretty unreliable when it comes to sticking to a strict list, so I’m going to let myself pick them up as I feel the vibe.
CLICK ON A TITLE TO READ ITS SYNOPSIS:
- Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Other People’s Love Affairs by D. Wystan Owen
The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt
Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Early Work by Andrew Martin
Melmoth by Sarah Perry
The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Daisy Jones & The Six
Thank you to the lovely people at BookSparks for my copy of Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
Title: Daisy Jones & The Six
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Fictional interviews
Pub date: March 5, 2019
Read if you like: A Star Is Born, Sound City, sex, drugs, and all things rock and roll. And the interview collection Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead: Journeys into Fame and Madness.
My Own “Girls Write Now”
As a tribute to Girls Write Now‘s publication today, I’ve written something in the style of the other essays in the book. Something I’d like to talk about with my past self. I wouldn’t call it advice, per se, because I’m not sure what advice I’d give. But it did force me to think. Thank you to Tin House for sharing this book with me, and for giving me the chance for this self-reflection.
Title: Girls Write Now: Two decades of true stories from young female voices
Genre: Essay Collections
Pub date: October 16, 2018
Read if you like: female voices, honesty, and vulnerability.
Passing for Human
Thank you to the lovely people at Random House for my copy of Passing for Human by Liana Finck. All thoughts and images are my own.
Title: Passing for Human
Author: Liana Finck
Genre: Graphic Memoir
Pub date: September 15, 2018
Read if you like: graphic novels and admittedly unreliable narrators. Continue reading
Spooky Reads for Fall
Happy (almost) Halloween, bookworms! I’m not sure about y’all, but I am so ready to be done with the 80 degree days with 1000% humidity. Bring on the cool, crisp fall I love so much. My sweaters are itching to be worn outside of the confines of my extremely over air conditioned office. In lieu of the weather I crave, I’ve crafted this list of spooky reads to conjure that feeling. Some are favorites of mine, others are on my TBR. Curl up under a blanket with a mug of hot apple cider, light a fall candle, and crack open one of these reads. Let’s get spooky!
Thank you to Dante Fabiero for my copy of Slothilda. All thoughts and images are my own.
Author: Dante Fabiero
Genre: Comic Series
Pub date: October 2, 2018
Read if you like: the illustrations of Liz Climo and all things sloth. Continue reading
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