the essentials, up to now

The interesting thing about picking your favorite books (nervous aboutcha if you can pick just one) is that half of these I have read in the past year- so what is to come?

A large part of starting this blog in general is that friends/family/coworkers were often asking me 'what should I read next, what do you think I would like?' Which is vast, because I haven't read a mass amount, but its flattering and exciting and exhausting none the less. And so, I compiled little short lists for you, absent reader, to recognize books that I have read and loved and would pass onto a stranger. 

** a few I am holding out on more single line descriptions because I plan to do a full review of later but couldn't just skip them!

I wont call them 'Beach Reads', but instead 'Wonderful Fictions to Quickly Devour'

The frustration around why the internet has turned to classifying certain books as 'beach reads' won't go unnoticed, as in, some of these books are on those lists but you could read them on a snowy mountain, or on your commute to work. 

  1. Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
  2. Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (for the book/bookstore lover)
  3. The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty
  4. The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg
  5. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Trooper
  6. An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin (I love love love this book. Yes, Steve Martin the actor. If you are female, in your 20-30s, or are interested in art, read this- seriously!)
  7. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Dense + Fantastic + Time-suckers + Stick With You Forever

  1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (one of my all time favorites, run to read this)
  2. The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith (unlike anything from its time I have read, and shockingly becoming a movie! I heard about this book from End of Your Life Book Club by Will Shwalbe which is also a really really great read)
  3. The Hours by Michael Cunningham 
  4. She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb (read this, then read about the Authors background)
  5. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (yes, the same guy as Virgin Suicides. This is still one of those books that I cant decide if I hated it or loved it, but swings passionately in both ways. Read it and tell me what you think!)

Non-Fiction I Super-Freaking Love

A lot of the Non-Fiction I read is actually via audiobook, but these are all ones that I actually sat down and read. Impressive and wonderful and actually for someone who lives fiction, all 5 of these are the type that I am jealous of people who get to read them for the first time.

  1. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (#gamechanger)
  2. Columbine by Dave Cullen
  3. Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan (actually one of top 5 books I will recommend to people without any reading preference) 
  4. Bossypants by Tina Fey (the goal of motherhood, laugh out loud funny, and super smart)
  5. Defining Decade by Meg Jay 

Lovers List

Im an incurable and hopeless romantic and would probably pick any of these over all the ones I love that are listed above, even if not technically as good. 

  1. The Lovers Dictionary by David Levithan (you could read this in a sitting, because I did. It might break your heart though, but its sooooo good.) 
  2. One Day by David Nicholls (cheesy and perfect, I found out after reading it that there was a film adaptation starring Anne Hathaway, need I say more?)
  3. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes (my mom and I read a lot of Jojo Moyes, and Me Before You is often highly rated but I actually thought this was a cute and different one)
  4. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (came out of nowhere and pissed me off, but months later, I am very fond of how witty it was)
  5. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell 
  6. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (#OMFG)