MY 2016 READS (aka why I'm a bad former english major)
I was working at a small publishing house for the first 5 months of this year and I read NOTHING outside of the job. It gets to be too much to read for pleasure when you're reading manuscripts all day. Once I got to NY for this program, I went crazy and now have 25 books on my shelf...& eventually I started reading them. Reads from the past 5weeks!
- •A Pillow Book by Suzanne BuffamThis is a nonfiction/poetry sort of collection. I think I read it wrong. This is something you should keep by your bed and read if you can't fall asleep...but I can always fall asleep. ⭐️⭐️
- •You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David LevithanThis is a YA novel with dual narrators, one a gay boy and the other a lesbian girl. It is beautiful. It's about friendship and finding yourself and accepting other people and my god, I wish I'd had this in high school. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- •The Girls by Emma Cline2016's hottest book is...Y'all, this one's a quick read bc you just don't want to put it down. The first 100 pages are a little slow, but then it sucks you in! It's a fictionalized story of one of the Manson girls, but the narrator isn't involved in the crime, just the cult. No real names are used and locations are changed, but the voice is excellent. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- •A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer EganSeveral people stopped me while I was reading this novel to tell me that it was their favorite, and for good reason. It's incredibly written, it's complex, and I haven't actually stopped thinking about it since I finished. This might go onto my list of favorite books of all time. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- •Gone Girl by Gillian FlynnI know I'm hella late to this one, so maybe that's why I was slightly disappointed. I'd seen the movie already, so the book didn't give me any reason to want to keep reading and find out what happened. However, I will say that I think this ending is much better than the film's. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- •Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse AndrewsNot really a fan. I don't read much YA anymore (though this is the second YA novel on this list), but this seemed to be written for a younger age than it was actually written for. Lots of cursing and jokes about sex and obviously there's talk of death, but the writing seemed too childish. Idk, I'm no expert. I've heard the movie is much better. ⭐️
- •Room by Emma DonoghueThis is cheating bc I'm reading it now (and I didn't want to photograph my copy bc it's the mass market version with the movie cover). I really want to watch the film (I love Brie!!!) but I want to read the book first. So far, so good! And I know I'm late on this one too. Next up is The Girl on the Train, so I think I've figured out why I can't get a job in publishing. I'm just too far behind.