BOOKS I HAVE READ RECENTLY
I'll update this on occasion. Tell me in the comments what I should add to the tall pile of books I plan to read next.
- •The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick NessLiked it didn't love it. I was very intrigued by the concept and loved an excerpt the author read at an event I went to, but on the whole the book didn't come together for me.
- •Modern Romance by Aziz AnsariI chose this as the next pick for my book club...it's very funny and very smart. And if you're single or have been dating recently it makes you feel less alone. The segment when he goes off on guys who just text "Hey" is genius.
- •Go Set a Watchman by Harper LeeYes I think Harper Lee is being taken advantage of by her attorney. But this was a book club choice so I read it. And if you read it as what it is, a first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird, it's an interesting study in what an editor sees in a first draft and how they work with an author to finish a final, very different, book. But as a standalone book without looking at it from that perspective, it's basically a *shitty first draft. *TM Anne Lammott's BIRD BY BIRD.
- •To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeI hadn't read it in years, and read it in tandem with Go Set a Watchman. It is beautiful and lovely and no nearly as much as a "plot" book as I had remembered.
- •Deep Down Dark by Hector TobarNonfiction about the 33 trapped Chilean miners. It's a tremendous read. The first 150 pages have a LOT of details on how mining works which can be a bit of a slog, but are helpful for the book as a whole.
- •The Royal We by @fuggirlsThis is just a fun, charming, swoony, funny romantic comedy, as terrific as you would expect from these ladies. It also made me cry unexpectedly on the beach during a Hawaiian vacation so be warned...tissues are your friends.
- •All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrGenerally I tend to not read historical fiction, especially war-set historical fiction. It usually is Not My Thing. The reviews and awards for this were such that I figured I'd at least appreciate it, even if I didn't love it. And then I loved it. LOVED. It is emotionally resonant, heartbreaking, and beautiful. LOVE. So I guess, if you thought those Pulitzer judges may not have known what they were doing, take my word for it?