I've read 40 books since I last posted (9 MONTHS AGO, where have I been?) and these are the books I keep pushing on people. All of the below were 4.5 stars AT LEAST and I wish I could read all of them again for the first time.
The book you and your dad can both obsess over:
Killers Of the Flower Moon by David Grann is a non-fiction read about mass murders in the 1930's of the Oklahoma tribe Osage Indians. I've passed it along to about 6 people and have not been wrong about the recommendation yet.
The book to love forever, seriously:
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee is one of the best books I have read, ever. A sweeping novel that follows multiple generations of a Korean family living in Japan, starting in the 1930's. I cannot recommend it enough, if you loved Homegoing or A Little Life, you will love this, I absolutely promise you.
The book to finally introduce you to graphic novels (also, if you love True Crime, you'll love this):
My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf is crazy. The author and illustrator went to highschool and was FRIENDS with Dahmer, so the entire book is first hand account about their latter years of adolescence, when Dahmer first started killing. The illustrations are great, the story is creepy.
The book to break your heart and cling to for the anxiety friends out there:
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green is about a high schooler navigating life with extreme anxiety. It's so beautifully articulated and doesn't read as a YA novel AT ALL.
The book to satisfy your romance craving:
Do you love a a good romance read? Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner might be for you. It follows two lovers who meet when they are kids and keep running into each other for the rest of their lives, *cries.*
The book to articulate always feeling a bit wonky:
If you love short stories, you probably will really like Homesick For Another World by Otessa Moshfegh. I have always gone in waves of having these feelings of melancholy that echos that gut feeling of homesick, but there isn't really a word to articulate it; this book articulates it.
The true crime book to keep you up until you finish every single last page:
If I Can't Have You by Gregg Olsen has been one of my favorite true crime reads ever. I couldn't believe I had never heard the story about the murder of Susan Powell which just kept unfolding.
The book to better understand your friend's miscarriage:
The Rule Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy is a memoir so unique I had no idea where it was going. To note, it doesn't actually focus on a miscarriage, that doesn't happen until the last half, but it really shook me and was so beautiful and raw. It's pretty short, I read it in a few sittings and would suggest for those of ya that like literary fiction.
The book to make you cry and hold your loved ones a little tighter:
My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward by Mark Lukach is beautiful. The memoir follows the newly married couple that struggles to survive through the wife dealing with schizophrenia suddenly in her mid twenties. I listened to the audiobook that was narrated by the husband himself, it was fantastic, not too long, and would be great for a long drive.
The book to swallow in one sitting for its unique and beautiful plot:
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel is so unique and unlike any story I have read that I didn't want it to end. I listened to it and highly suggest the audiobook, the narrator was incredible. The story follows a transgender child and how the family navigates through it all.
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