One of my resolutions this year was to read 4 books a month.
While I haven’t quite hit that mark, and am currently eyeballs deep into the Game of Thrones series (K is reading them too, so it’s like we have a little book club. He’s going to hate that I said that), that lofty goal has actually turned me on to some really great reads so far this year.
I always feel a little bit helpless when I finish a book I love. Where do I go next? Keeping a reading list has helped with my reading hangover. If you experience the same thing, I’ll be posting books I’ve read this year along with my remarks (to take with a grain of salt, of course), and hopefully you can start your own reading list and we can both just move on!
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Why I loved it: I read this over Christmas in about 15 hours flat. I could not put it down. It’s heartbreaking and real and sweet and sad. I loved every second of those 15 hours. I haven’t seen the movie yet, though. Should I?
Why you should read it: If you’re looking for a book that will absolutely destroy your emotions, but, like, in a good way, this is that book. It’s a very real and direct look at what it means to be sick and to be a teenager. A deeper look gives the reader insight into love and loss and living every day to its fullest. Five enthusiastic stars. Read it.
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Why I loved it: This book is no stranger to controversy nor to pundits making wide, sweeping statements. Personally, I loved the book. I think it’s scope is a little limited; what worked for her wouldn’t work for most women. Not all of us have high powered mentors or Ivy League educations and connections. But as a general entry into what it means to be a woman in today’s workplace, I can honestly say I learned a lot.
Why you should read it: If you are at all interested in women’s issues both professionally and socially, it’s worth a read, albeit a critical one. Even if you don’t agree with everything she says, I bet you’ll learn something. She speaks from personal experience and cites research to back her claims, which to me is the mark of a good non-fiction book.
The Goldfinch, A Novel by Donna Tartt
Why I loved it: Art intrigue mixed with a coming of age story, all set in modern times with modern problems means that as a reader, I’m hooked. This story is sweeping in scope and an exciting read. The characters are great; equally flawed and heroic. Add a little art history and I’m sold.
Why you should read it: It follows a character from his formative teenage years, through pain, desertion, and other equally harrowing trials, into manhood, then throws in some art and antiques for good measure. If you like stories that show the realness of characters–their flaws, their goodness, their justifications for their actions–you’ll like this. It’s intriguing, it’s engrossing, and I really, really liked it.
Check back sometime next month for some more recommendations, but in the meantime, I’m going to finish Game of Thrones at some point, and I sort of can’t even think about it. Worst book hangover ever! Reading recommendations! Quick!