2017 reading list
The books of the year (eh, well the books I'm reading this year.) I'll update as time goes on 🤓
- •Wild - Cheryl StrayedLoved it. I love how she talks about the trail, and then finds a way to connect it to the life she had before she started walking. Imagine walking over 1,100 miles in the woods. 😱 I could not do that. Also, the meaning behind her last name is cool.
- •The Couple Next Door - Shari LapenaI was so invested in this book. A baby is kidnapped in the middle of the night while her parents are at a dinner party next door. The whole time I'm trying to figure out who did it and how it was possible given the evidence. Things get a little crazy the last 100 pages, but finding out characters' secrets along the ways really builds to a jaw-dropping conclusion.
- •The Princess Diarist - Carrie FisherWhat's cool about this bio compared to others I've read is that is was more focused on her time as one character and who she was during that time. Carrie gives a real and honest look into her life as Leia, plus she provides a handful of photos to take you back in time. I'm very interested in reading her other books.
- •Before I Fall - Lauren OliverGroundhog Day, but more catered to young adults. This book was extremely addictive, and I had to finish it immediately after starting. It shows how one girl makes little choices throughout her day, and how they each impact her fate as well as others'. Lauren Oliver is one of the strongest writers and I'm looking forward to checking out the movie this weekend.
- •The Perfect Girl - Gilly MacmillanThis book was another one that was hard to put down. It focuses on a teen who is living in a "Second Chance Family" and is trying to live up to set expectations until a murder takes place. Her story is complex and heartbreaking for everything that has happened to her between ages 13 and 17. The story is told from multiple character perspectives and will keep you guessing until the end.
- •Big Little Lies - Lianne Moriarty (re-read)I love this book. I read it last January, I believe, so I wanted to revisit it in preparation of the series. After watching three episodes so far, it is easily one of the best book to screen portrayals.
- •Replica - Lauren OliverThis book is told from two perspectives, and is divided in half. One is from the perspective of a girl who has spent her life at an institute for scientific testing and research; the second is from the perspective of an average teenager on the search for the truth. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, though I feel like the ending needed more. Edit: the author confirmed via twitter there's going to be a sequel out later this year. 👏🏼👏🏼
- •The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret AtwoodI wanted to be ready for the Hulu series, so I had to read this book. It's very different from ones I've been reading, and it was an excellent decision. In it, a majority of women are divided into different responsibilities to their household (which belongs to the Commander and his wife) and this story focuses mainly on Offred, who's responsibility is to have the Commander's baby for his wife to raise. The story is about her remembering her life before and understanding the now.
- •When you find out the world is against you - Kelly OxfordI love Kelly. This book is a collection of personal essays taking the reader through the roller coasters of becoming an independent, brilliant person. Kelly shares camp, parenting, and anxiety stories. All raw and real. The final chapter is on her #NotOkay social media space that allowed women to talk openly about sexual assault. That chapter alone should be a requirement for everyone to read.
- •The Poisonwood BibleI made it 80 pages in, and I had to stop. I can't even tell you the author's name without looking it up. A Southern family led by the preacher dad go on a mission trip to Africa. It's told from the four daughters' perspectives, and I just couldn't read it any more. Reading felt like a chore and I wasted three weeks with that book. Eh, I'm sure it's A LOT of people's favorite read, but no thanks. 👋🏼
- •The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth WareThis genre is my favorite. A travel journalist, Lo, gets to cover a brand new cruise line, but before she embarks on this journey, her flat is broken into. She's dealing with that traumatic event throughout the book, and while on board, she witnesses another tragic event. Lo turns from travel writer to investigative reporter to uncover the ship's truth.
- •Into the Water - Paula HawkinsSo wonderful. So impossible to put down. Two recent deaths at the nearby river lead to an investigation that ties three families together. One victim a teen. One an author, researching the history of the river and prior related drownings. The teen's mother looks for closure and looks for someone to blame, choosing the teen's best friend, who is also the drowned woman's daughter. This book analyzes how the perspectives we create might not match the truth.
- •What She Knew - Gilly MacMillanThis one took me a bit longer to read than others this year, but the last 200 or so pages were complete page turners. A mom goes for a weekly walk with her son. This time she lets him run ahead with their pup. When she gets to their meeting place, she can't find him only to realize he had been abducted and the pup injured. As the detectives work to solve the case, she's hit with life-changing secrets from those close to her. The detective also co-narrates and shares his battle with depression
- •Scrappy Little Nobody - Anna KendrickCan Anna just be my friend already? She's hilarious and her jokes are smart. Her writing is honest and relatable (ya know, minus the fame and fortune and talent) but otherwise totally relatable. I'm looking forward to her writing her next book when she's 70 😂 Is it weird I want to go visit Maine now?
- •Dark Matter - Blake CrouchThis book is ADDICTIVE. I was reading a chapter every night this week, but this weekend I devoured it. I needed to know what would happen. A science professor has a pretty great Chicago life and a wonderful family, but one night while walking home he's held at gun point. I won't say anything else, because it would easily spoil the plot, but definitely check it out. On the cover it's referred to as a "sci-fi, suspense, love story mash-up," and it definitely delivers.
- •Three Wishes - Liane MoriartyLast weekend I had a four-hour flight to San Diego, so I got through about half of the book, instantly becoming obsessed. I saved the later half for my return trip. The beginning of the book shows an outsider's perspective of triplets celebrating a birthday. A fight broke out and an ambulance was called. This scene isn't revisited again until the end. Three sisters, each dealing with their own issues (infertility, anxiety, and trust) work to find happiness independently, but together.