What was your favorite book this year? Last year? What book did you have a hard time putting down? What book kept you up into the wee hours of the night? What book are you recommending to everyone?
I want to know what you want me to read.
It has become very clear to me that I live under a rock. I am the most out-of-the-loop I’ve been in a decade when it comes to the must read books. (I don’t do so well with the rest of pop culture either I recently shocked Ben by having no clue that a new Avengers movie had come out. I don’t know why he was shocked.) I have no idea what the “it” book is or was or will be.
I am having a baby sometime in the next two months, which means lots and lots and lots of time spent sitting and nursing. When E was a newborn, I had my best reading month ever thanks to all of that nursing time. I realize things will be different this time with a toddler running around, but I still think I’ll have quite a bit of time to myself nursing this baby (particularly in the middle of the night).
So while I go stock up on lanolin and mother’s milk tea (ick), I need all of you to tell me what books I should also be stocking up on as well. I want anything that was compelling and page-turning and all of those words we book bloggers aren’t supposed to use. I want books that will keep me going at 3am when I haven’t had a stretch of sleep longer than 3 hours in over a month. If it came out in the last year, assume I haven’t read it (and probably haven’t heard of it). Bonus points if my library has it in electronic format or if you recommend an excellently narrated audiobook (holding real books one handed is hard). Extra bonus points to anyone that sends me a B&N gift card…just kidding…ish.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Books that I read and enjoyed last year”
Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Dept of Speculation
More recently, The Book of Strange New Things.
My must read for this year because I LOVED it would be All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Can’t wait to see other peoples recommendations.
I read The Book of The Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez in one day.
The Girl on the Train is one that you won’t be able to put down. I just finished My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp which is YA about teens who get into the moonshine business, pretty good and easy read, which will be nice for late nights.
Many bloggers have raved about Emily St.John Mandel’s ‘Station Eleven’. I don’t know whether you have read it yet. It is one book that I hope to read soon. Two of my favourite books from last year, which you might like are – ‘Blue Horses’ by Mary Oliver (Oliver’s latest collection of poems. Very accessible and very beautiful.) and ‘Relish : My Life in the Kitchen’ by Lucy Knisley (Knisley’s cooking memoir in graphic novel form – very charming and readable).
Hope you get to read some wonderful books. Hope you are doing well, Michelle. Do take care of yourself and all the best for the next few weeks.
My favourite book this year is one I just stumbled upon: A Beautiful Truth by Colin McAdam.
Last year’s winner was the amazing Dog Boy by Eva Hornung.
Sorry, I haven’t any idea whether either of these is available on audio.
I could not put down Life After Life by Kate Atkinson or Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
You may have already read Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (I think it was published pre-Evan 🙂 ) but I LOVED it. So good.
For audiobooks, I’d recommend:
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
One Summer by Bill Bryson
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed