Inferno by Dan Brown. I unabashedly love these Robert Langdon books. They are so entertaining and, after a string of really boring books that I forced myself to get through, it was refreshing to read something that I couldn’t put down. The premise of this one is overpopulation, and I loved it. Now I want to go back and re-read Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.
All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker. This is about a 15 year-old-girl who is raped, and given a treatment to make her forget the event. It’s told from the perspective of the pyschiatrist who starts treating her after this, and tries to help her remember the event. It starts a little slow but then it gets SO GOOD. If you’re into this ‘controversial therapies for PTSD’ theme- you should also listen to the Homecoming podcast.
Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman. This is the sequel to My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry. I was not into it. I get why it’s supposed to be charming, but there were too many characters and I was just bored. Just stick with A Man Called Ove.
Nutshell by Ian McEwan. Okay so, this is told from the perspective of a fetus inside the womb. And the fetus figures out that his parents are terrible people. But imagine the fetus has the intelligence and diction of a 57-year-old Ivy League professor who teaches art history or philosophy or something. It’s really bizarre but it’s a quick read and I weirdly loved it.
The Guineveres by Sarah Domet. This is about teenage girls growing up in a convent during the WWII era. I listened to the audiobook and enjoyed it, but it was a bit too long. Mainly I just really enjoy the cover of the book and I want to re-create it and hang it in my apartment somewhere.
The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith. I checked this out because it was compared to Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson which is one of my all-time favorite books. And yes, it’s about a girl who gets raped in high school. But I couldn’t get past the incredibly poor writing so I quit after about 15%. I would recommend Speak or Catalyst if you’re looking for teenage angst.
The After Party by Anton Disclafani. This was described in The Skimm as somewhat analogous to the Serena van der Woodsen/Georgina Sparks relationship from Gossip Girl. I guess I see that, but it’s set in 1950’s Houston so obviously the backdrop is a bit different. And also the narrator (the best friend) is not a sociopath. And also this is my confession that I’ve seen all of Gossip Girl.
Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand. I read Winter Street a while ago, so I downloaded this audiobook. I recognized the same family as before, but it wasn’t until I finished it that I realized this was book THREE. Whoops. So then I listened to Winter Stroll (book 2). These are kind of mindless but still enjoyable. And I do recommend reading them in order.
Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick. This was stupid don’t read it the end.
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley. Rich people taking a private plane from Martha’s Vineyard to New York and it crashes into the ocean. There are two survivors, but that’s all in the first ten minutes. Then you find out everything that happened leading up to the crash. I thought the timeline of this was really interesting and it was a great read.
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson. Sheila recommended this as an audiobook and I really liked it, too. It’s a little sick and twisted but that’s what we’re into these days, I guess. I feel like I can’t discuss the plot without giving something away, so just listen to it.