My Body by Emily Ratajkowski. I’m undecided about this. I think she’s a good writer and probably really smart, and I think she owns a lot of the reasons people don’t like her. But I still find her a little bit problematic. It’s a quick enough read/listen that if you’re at all interested, you should just do it because it’s at least well-written.
Nobody Will Tell You This But Me by Bess Kalb. This is a memoir-ish written by a woman about her grandmother. The style is unlike anything I’ve ever read before, a mix of voicemail transcripts and phone conversations, narration from the grandmother’s perspective, and stories. It was a quick read and once I figured out the style I really liked it.
Maid by Stephanie Land. Everyone has probably watched the Netflix series now (including me, thought it was fantastic) but I did want to read the book first and I really enjoyed it. They definitely took some creative liberties with the show but I think both are worth the time!
The Husbands by Chandler Baker. This is kind of a reverse Stepford Wives situation and I was very into it. A little silly but really enjoyable and quick listen that held my attention. My mom liked it, too. Recommend!
You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz. I think I was about four hours into this before I realized that it’s the basis for The Undoing on HBO with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant. I’m still glad I listened to the book (though I understand why they changed the title for the show). Like Maid, I think both the book and the show are good!
The Good Lie by A.R. Torre. Listened to this on Sheila’s Audible and we both agreed that it was a GREAT listen in spite of a kind of weird ending. I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for something suspenseful and entertaining.
The Good House by Ann Leary. This is about a middle-aged realtor living in Massachusetts who is an alcoholic in denial. It took me a little while to get into it but once I did I couldn’t stop listening, I thought it was hilarious. Quick listen and very entertaining. Recommend.
The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell. She’s really hit or miss for me and this was just okay. Told from alternating timelines about a teenage couple with a baby who goes missing and a mystery novelist who moves to the area and starts to dive into the cold case. Probably would pass.
Milk Fed by Melissa Broder. About a deeply anorexic woman who develops an obsession with another woman who runs a frozen yogurt shop. It was very bizarre and honestly made me uncomfortable but it was short so I finished it. Can’t recommend though.
Dava Shastri’s Last Day by Kirthana Ramisetti. Set in the slight future (2070s I think) about a terminally ill famous woman who announces her death the day before her planned assisted suicide to see what everyone says about her. I love the premise, but the book fell a little flat for me. It was interesting but not unputdownable.
We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride & Jo Piazza. Written from the perspectives of childhood best friends living in Philadelphia, one a successful Black reporter and the other a white expecting mother married to a police officer. I’m sure you can guess exactly what happens. It was a little on the nose for me, but it held my attention and I respect that they were able to write it together! If you like this I also really recommend Big Friendship by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman.
The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan. Sort of a dystopian situation where parents who are deemed unfit are sent away to learn how to care for children. I can’t say I’d recommend this one. It was pretty weird and very long and slow through the middle. It’s being compared to Handmaid’s Tale and I wouldn’t put it anywhere near that level.
Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty. Her latest! I absolutely love her and will read anything she writes. And by read, I mean listen because I love Caroline Lee, her narrator, equally. That said, this is not her best. It’s a little boring and I felt like there were too many plots going on and not all of them made sense at the end. But still entertaining character development, as always.
Currently waiting on Stray by Stephanie Danler (author of Sweetbitter) and False Witness by my #1 Karin Slaughter.