The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I’ve been aware of this book for a while, but it’s always been available at my library. No holds list. For some reason that made me hesitant to read it… I wanted it to play hard-to-get just a little bit. It’s a good book, and I want to describe it as “beautifully written” without sounding pretentious. I think I failed.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer. I just tried to type out a summary of the plot 7 times and I couldn’t do it. It sort of reminded me of The Circle by Dave Eggers in the sense that it’s about the dangers of all the advances in technology. Now it’s a movie with Tina Fey?! That they’re advertising as a comedy? I’m so confused. The book was really really not a comedy.
The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff. You know this book because they just turned it into a movie with Eddie Redmayne and that beautiful Swedish girl who was on the cover of Vogue. I was really excited to read this but it was sooooooo dry and boring. I had to stop at 40%. I honestly think they only made it a movie because transgender is such a hot topic right now, and because Eddie Redmayne has a lovely, womanly face.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. This is a YA book that won a Printz award. It’s got kind of an interesting premise- told from boy/girl twins but at different intervals in their lives. I liked it but didn’t love it.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker. When I was home for Christmas, my mom and I watched the Oprah Master Class about Whoopi Goldberg. Ghost is definitely one of my favorite movies of all time, so I was intrigued. I knew she and Oprah were both in The Color Purple and that it was famous, but my mom was appalled that I had never read it or seen the movie. It was kind of hard to get through but I’m glad I read it.
The Pearl that Broke its Shell by Nadia Hashimi. My favorite book I’ve read in 2016. My mom recommended it and I listened to it during a day trip to Roanoke. It’s told from the perspective of two women in Afghanistan, 3 generations apart. It was amazing. I recommend the audiobook version, too.
What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler. I wish the writing of this book was better because I think the subject matter is so important. It’s about a high school in a small town in Iowa where a girl reports she was gang raped by a group of popular boys, who happen to be some of the stars of their national championship-bound basketball team. The range of reactions of the students, teachers, and parents was so well-captured. I just thought the dialogue was a little cheesy.
Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares. I was OBSESSED with The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books in high school. I read them many times over and loved the movies in spite of some pretty major plot changes. When I saw that there was another one following them 10 years later I literally put it on my Kindle and got in bed at 7PM to start reading it. Warning to fellow Sisterhood fans, in the beginning you will be like “Are you kidding me, Ann?!?” But it gets good, I swear.
The Midwife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain. I LOVED this book. It’s by the same author as The Silent Sister which I also loved. It had so many plot twists. Like, eight. And I only predicted one of them! Must read.
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. I was so so excited to read this book. I had it on hold for about 3 months, and I heard that it was Obama’s favorite book of 2015. What I should have realized is that Barack’s reading taste is not necessarily the same as Michelle’s taste in upper body exercises. It draaaaaaaaags. I guess it’s sort of an interesting concept but could have literally been written in half the pages.
Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave. I liked this! If you’re into the Elin Hilderbrand/Emily Giffen vibe, you’ll like it. It won’t change your life, but it was a quick read and certainly more enjoyable than Fates and Furies. Take that, Barack.
I’ve had about 18 books on hold at my library for several weeks and they all just became available to me at the exact same time. So we may have installment #8 much sooner than you think!