It’s been a big year of reading for me! I don’t know exactly what got me so in the spirit, but I feel like I’ve been on a roll, moving from one book to the next and feeling inspired by recommendations, bookshop browsing, and buying on a whim.
I’d like to read 50 books this year and my current track record suggests I just might make that goal. Below is a list of what I’ve read so far this year, and I’ve starred the books I’d highly recommend.
- Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford
- The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr
- How to be Both by Ali Smith
- Levels of Life by Julian Barnes
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
- It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell*
- 10% Happier by Dan Harris
- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara*
- Self-Help by Lorrie Moore
- A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
- The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter*
- Franny & Zooey by J.D. Salinger
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi*
- The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
- The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett*
- This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
- This is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
- Fates & Furies by Lauren Groff
- Veronica by Mary Gaitskill
- The Psychopathy Test by Jon Ronson
- My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
Started but didn’t finish or read entirely: Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith and Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins.
A Little Life has been the real stunner this year–this book blew me away. So did When Breath Becomes Air, for that matter. I think this book is so important and the discussions that can come out of it are necessary and meaningful. The Versions of Us was such a quick read for me, so compelling. It’s very Sliding Doors-esque and would make for a great beach read.
For as much as I loved Life After Life, Kate Atkinson’s follow-up novel, A God in Ruins, felt like such a disappointment. And I completely give up on Salinger. I just won’t do it anymore; life’s too short! And the two I didn’t finish: simply not what I was looking for, and I’m trying a new-to-me concept wherein I put down books I don’t like instead of muscling through them just to say I finished them. That’s not quality reading (at least not to me at this point).
I’m currently reading The Best American Travel Writing 2015 and I love how it’s opening my eyes to new forms of traveling and the documenting of such. It’s a great nightstand read. I’ve got a fresh stack of books sitting on the coffee table and I’m looking forward to making my way through it this summer. What about you? What are you reading? Anything you’d recommend?