As I’ve done in 2011 and 2012, I provide a list of all the books I’ve read each year and pick a few of my favorites to share with you. This year was a good reading year – being in a book club has really helped me widen my horizons from what I would normally choose.
On to my picks:
I read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn much after most of the world did, but man oh man am I on board. I read this book on vacation with my family in August and I could barely talk to anyone until I finished. My aunt kept coming by to ask me where I was in the book- because she remembered being engrossed in it, too. This thriller novel impressed me so much as a reader for the intricate detail and true craziness Flynn had the ability to think up.
Best Beach Read
For a fun, light read, I’m recommending Sarah Joi again this year with The Violets of March. Her style of writing is enjoyable to read even though the story line may seem a bit gimmicky (but that’s what beach reads are FOR!). In this book, a struggling author decides to stay with her aunt for a month and research her next book. While there, she finds a mysterious diary that has strange connections to her own life. And there’s a love story. But that was a given. 🙂
This year I was most surprised by one of the book club choices this year: Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. The first couple chapters I didn’t love, but once I fell into the story, I felt so connected to the characters. This story tells of a young girl, June, who’s uncle and best friend dies of cancer. In this coming of age novel, she finds herself and a friend in the most unlikely of people – her uncle’s boyfriend who she didn’t know about.
- I Shouldn’t be Telling you this – Kate White
- The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
- The Kitchen House – Kathleen Grissom
- Is everyone hanging out without me? (and other concerns) – Mindy Kaling
- I Remember Nothing – Nora Ephron
- Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg
- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford
- Fascinate: Your Seven Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation – Sally Hogshead
- The Happiness Project – Gretchen
- Don’t Worry it Gets Worse: One Twentysomething’s (Mostly Failed) Attempts at Adulthood – Alida Nugent
- The Imperfectionists – Tom Rachman
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
- The Violets of March – Sarah Joi
- Tell the Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka Brunt
- Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
- Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
- The Dinner – Herman Koch
- Knowing Your Value – Mika Brzezinski
- Market Street – Anita Hughes
- The Round House – Louise Erdich
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