What Books Are You Reading?

It seems like every year, five books hit the top of charts with SO much buzz and everyone goes out and buys them (The Goldfinch and The Girl on the Train both come to mind). BUT there are so many books out there that slip between the cracks or fly under the radar!

What have you read recently that you loved, that someone else might not know about? I recently read Miranda July’s “The First Bad Man,” and while I don’t think it’s for everyone, I was completely sucked in and by the end was convinced I would bump into the main character at the grocery store; she felt so real.

P.S. we’re gearing up for a cold snap in the next few days, and I still haven’t quite wrapped my head around it being winter. Because it’s still…end of summer…right?

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5 thoughts on “What Books Are You Reading?

  1. frigid and snowing in NYC! I’d love to hear more book recommendations, here a few I’ve loved lately, some old and some new: “Stir” (Jessica Fechtor), “The Ramblers” (Aidan Rowley”, “Siracusa” (Delia Ephron), “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” (Rachel Joyce), “The Summer Before the War” (Helen Simonson), and “The Piano Teacher” (Janice Lee)
    xo!

  2. I’ve been wanting to read Miranda July for a while–I’ll have to check it out! Just finished LOVE WARRIOR (so, SO good), and almost done with THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR (well-written, swoon-worthy YA).

    PS: insanely cold in NY too! :(((( stay warm!

  3. I’m reading On Immunity by Eula Biss. It’s a really interesting taking on the history of vaccinations and the emotions that affect our attitudes toward them. Highly recommend it!

  4. I can never keep up with the buzz books of the year. I’m still catching up from last year! Just finished Yanagihara’s A Little Life (good but a cry fest) and Margaret Atwood’so Handmaiden’s Talent, which was a bit boring. I just picked up The Man in the High Castle (Dick). It’s a Hugo Award winner, which I typically like and I want to read the book before watching the Amazon series. Not sure what your feelings on science fiction is, but I’ll let you know how it is!

  5. Totally agree! I started that book certain I hated it, but I guess I kept reading because I had heard so many good things about The First Bad Man. Once I got past I few chapters and understood the characters’ voices, I was hooked. Love that book! Equally love it when something surprises me! When Breath Becomes Air was another touching book I read in one sitting.

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