The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian. This was REALLY good. I loved his book The Guest Room but then hated The Sleepwalker, and I’m glad he’s back on my radar. This one is about- you guessed it!- a flight attendant who is an alcoholic in denial about her alcoholism. She wakes up one morning in Dubai next to a dead man and is genuinely unsure of whether or not she killed him. Took even more crazy turns at the very end and I couldn’t put it down.
Where the Light Falls by Allison Pataki & Owen Pataki. A few different people recommended this to me. It’s historical fiction set in the period of the French Revolution. I really didn’t know much about that time so that part was interesting, but as a novel it felt a little slow to me. The beginning was pretty dry and then once all the plot lines came together it was better, but still not my favorite in this genre.
I’ll Be There for You: The One about Friends by Kelsey Miller. You know when you discover a new product or app that you love and you think “Why didn’t I think of this first?” That’s how I felt about this book. I LOVE Friends so much, and equal parts adored every minute of listening to this book and felt like I could have written it. If you’re a Friends fan, must read.
Ghosted by Rosie Walsh. Woman meets man, they have an intense one week whirlwind romance, then he ghosts her. But not for any kind of reason you might imagine! I liked this. My only main complaint has to do with the audiobook. Most of the main characters are British, as is the narrator. But there’s a supporting character who is from North Carolina, and the narrator’s “southern” accent is SO bad. Like wavers between Southern, Irish, and Deaf speech. So that was distracting. Maybe Kindle this one.
Becoming by Michelle Obama. Now here’s one you’re going to want to audiobook! The QUEEN Michelle narrates her own memoir and it is just pure joy. If you love her, you’ll love her more. If you don’t love her, you should. The audiobook is long but worth the listen. And if you want to do additional Obama reminiscing, I highly recommend Barack’s episode of My Next Guest on Netflix.
Origin by Dan Brown. I know people hate on these Robert Langdon books but I don’t get it because I. love. them. and I think they are so well-researched! This one is also set in Barcelona so that made it fun for me. I also like that they are standalone novels, you don’t have to have read Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, or Inferno first. But you should probably read all of them.
The Mothers by Britt Bennett. This was good not great. I’ve often thought about how much I enjoy writing and that maybe one day I’ll write a novel, but that I never have an idea. My feeling on this book is: apparently I don’t need an idea. I can write about absolutely nothing. I listened to it and probably would have quit if it were any longer. I’ll also complain that it is set in San Diego, CA but multiple characters have deep Southern accents. Nope.
Atomic Marriage by Curtis Sittenfeld. This is an Audible exclusive short story so not a full book but the gist is that I would like for Diane Lane to narrate all audiobooks from here until the end of time. The end.
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes. Man oh man. This one starts a little slow and it is LONG but it is so worth it. I read it on my Kindle but apparently it is over 600 pages and the audiobook is over 22 hours. Don’t let that discourage you. Honestly might be one of the best books I have ever read. I keep talking about it to the GS and he finally said “I hope my second wife is less nerdy.”
Small Fry by Lisa Brennan Jobs. The memoir written by Steve Jobs’ daughter who was born when he was like 23 and he denied being her biological father for a while. I’ll confess I didn’t read the giant Steve Jobs book, nor have I seen the Kutcher or Fassbender portrayals. I knew he wasn’t beloved, but I didn’t know that he was kind of a cheap, creepy asshole. I guess I liked this? But there are better memoirs out there.
How to be Married by Jo Piazza. I’ve read a lot of her fiction, but this one is a memoir-ish story about her first year of marriage. She traveled all over the world learning about marriage culture in different places (Paris, Copenhagen, Kenya, and Jerusalem, to name a few) and reflects on her own relationship. I really enjoyed this. I’m having a quite different (less dramatic) experience in my first year of marriage, but she also got engaged after dating her husband for 3 months so…
Some books I’m excited about: Educated (yes I know I mentioned that in Part 31 but I finally just caved and bought it), The Library Book, The Coddling of the American Mind, and Where the Crawdads Sing (still waiting on this one, too).