Bad Blood by John Carreyrou. EVERYONE MUST READ THIS BOOK. It’s one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time, and definitely tops my nonfiction list. It’s written by a longtime Wall Street Journal reporter who broke the story about Theranos being a gigantic scam. If you’re not familiar, the SparkNotes version is that a young Stanford dropout started this company claiming that she could do all sorts of blood tests with a finger prick rather than a full blood draw. She raised millions of dollars, was invited to the White House multiple times, and was compared to Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. But the truth is she’s a sociopath. The book is absolutely riveting and I can’t believe it’s real.
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. This is about four siblings in New York who go to see a psychic when they’re young (like 7-11 years old) and she tells them each individually the exact day they are going to die. Then the book is in four sections, each one told by one of the siblings. It was a kind of slow start but then I ended up LOVING it. So fascinating and just makes you think! Recommend.
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue. I had high hopes for this because Room is one of my favorite books (and favorite movie adaptations of a book). But this book is not good. I suffered through it until the end and I don’t recommend you do the same.
Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, & Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan. With the movie coming out this summer I knew I wanted to re-read (or, re-listen to) the first book. But luckily Sheila has all 3 on her Audible account so once I fell down the rabbit hole I just kept listening. And in case you’re wondering what the hater of all movie-adaptations thought, I liked it. I thought the ending was corny but I would recommend it anyway just for the glam factor. 100% must listen to the books, though.
The Poisoned City by Anna Clark. I’m trying to up my non-fiction intake and this is about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The story is insane and incredibly important, however I think I would have preferred the content in a documentary format rather than this book, because it was pretty dry. I wanted more personal stories about specific families rather than a detailed explanation of how water systems work, and I think a documentary would deliver this better. So if you know of a good one, send it my way.
The Widow by Fiona Barton. This author tricked me into thinking this book might be good by formatting it with different character perspectives and a funky timeline. But it’s not. It’s actually really terrible and I wish I hadn’t finished it. The end.
Campaign Widows by Aimee Agresti. This was kind of a light beach read vibe with an underlying story taking place in DC surrounding a campaign. I read it while we were in Italy and it was perfect. Predictable, but very enjoyable read.
Every Note Played by Lisa Genova. I was SO excited to discover another Lisa Genova book in my library. You know her as the author of Still Alice and I’ve written about some of her other books, too. She has a neurology background so she writes novels about people with these different disorders (Alzheimers, Huntingtons, left neglect) and this one was about ALS. It wasn’t my favorite of hers in terms of the storyline but ALS is so devastating and I think she did a good job portraying that.
The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd. This was recommended on the My Favorite Murder podcast. It’s about a woman who falls in love, via letter writing, with a guy in prison for murdering a girl when he was 18. Basically like someone falling in love with Stephen Avery, if Stephen Avery were a total babe. This book was a major disappointment and I probably wouldn’t recommend it. It’s just wayyy too long and drawn out for like 5 minutes of suspense and then the ending was really dissatisfying, in my opinion.
All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin. Usually a huge EG fan (Something Borrowed being her most famous book) but this one was bad. The characters are so cliched and predictable and I just thought it was generally boring and corny. I also usually love how she ties in minor characters from other books so they are all kind of connected but (to my knowledge) this one didn’t have any of that. If I missed it please tell me. But it’s still not worth reading.
Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter. It’s been about 5 seconds since I professed my love for Karin Slaughter in a Kindle post. I was really hoping for another Will Trent book but this one is a standalone. It seems like a real departure from her usual stuff- she’s playing with different timelines and it was generally a much slower start. I didn’t love it, and I wonder if she wasn’t the author if I would have powered through. Not her best work. I think this one and Coptown are the only ones I don’t like of hers.
Also have to mention that rather than audiobooks recently I’ve been addicted to the Binge Mode: Harry Potter podcast. It is on my level (aka aggressive) and I’m obsessed with it. Hours and hours and hours of book analysis. I think you would love it even if you’ve just read the books through one time because it gives you ALL the foreshadowing and insane story intricacies that you only notice when you start to re-read. JK is my queen. And if you haven’t yet read Harry Potter what are you even doing with your life?