Hi, it’s been a while. I’m just going to slide in here like it hasn’t been nearly three months, and talk about some books. I haven’t read anything new pretty much all three of those months! Which is why I’ve had nothing to say, but I did read something like 75 books before that, so here are some of my favorites!
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Everyone hyped this one up so much I was pretty much convinced I wouldn’t like it, because that’s usually what happens, but it is really really well worth it.
Evelyn Hugo is an old Hollywood star who was married seven times, but there is so much more to her story than the public knows. She hires an apparently random journalist to tell her story before her death. It’s so good, six months later and I haven’t shut up about this one.
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
This is hands down the best book I read this year, and one of the best I’ve ever read. I swear this one ruined books for me for the rest of this year. It was the last truly great thing I read this year and nothing has measured up since, resulting in a months-long reading slump.
We follow Cyril Avery from the time he’s born through his entire life, and you will laugh and cry and never want to see him go. It’s almost 600 pages and makes every word on every page count.
I could never do this book justice in one paragraph, but I did attempt to do it in a few over the summer!
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
I remember reading this at the beginning of the year and saying it would still be one of my favorites at the end of it, and I was right. I went into this one expecting it to be just fine, but it was funny and heartbreaking and the friendship in this book was just so sweet, I’m still not over it.
If you don’t believe me, it was also one of Reese Witherspoon’s bookclub books, and who doesn’t love her?
(I’ve talked about this one more coherently, too. I’m just getting back into this, that’s all).
Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee
This book handles mental illness and family and immigration so beautifully. Of all the books on this list, this one might be the most underrated, and it deserves so much more attention.
It has family drama and secrets and is a complete page turner. It’s also so gorgeously written you’ll want to sink into it and take your time! Really, read this one if you like that kind of thing. A full review!
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
I read all of my favoites in the first few months of this year, maybe that’s been my problem? An American Marriage is one of those, too. I got this in one of the early BOTM boxes and inhaled it.
Celestial and Roy are newlyweds when he is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. Their life together ends before it can ever begin, and they are left to grapple with the meaning of marriage, love, and race in their time apart. It’s beautiful and sad and hopeful and so, so good.
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
This one is written in verse, and does so much with so few words it’s honestly amazing.
I will never get over this book, and want to literally donate copies to high schools because so many kids could use a book like this and I hope they read it!
A mini review (look what a diligent reviewer I can be!)
The Glass Eye by Jeannie Vanasco
A memoir about a young woman who loses her dad, but it has so much more to it than that. Her father is older when she’s born, always much older than her friend’s parents, and he has a glass eye.
Jeannie Vanasco’s memoir looks at grief and mental health and relationships in a devastating way that made me cry in public, which is nearly impossible to do. Seriously, read this one and cry on a park bench, or in your break room, or on the train, you’ll be the better for it.
I called this the one of the best books of the year in June!
Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
Since I’m already talking about books making you feel things, it’s time to talk about this one. I was a year late to this book and movie, but it was worth the wait. It’s so, so good, that’s really all I can say.
It’s one of my favorite love stories of all time, and it’s set in Italy in the ’80s! The audiobook is narrated by Armie Hammer and not to be dramatic, but it will change your life!
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
The news is almost always bad so I can understand not wanting to read about a hurricane in your downtime, but despite being heartbreaking, this is also surprisingly hopeful. It’s also amazingly written and researched! Dave Eggers in incredible, and I can tell you more about my feelings on him here!
Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
This is the only thriller on the list which is weird for me, but it’s Megan Abbott and no one else really compares to her anyway. This was a great look at women in science and female friendships, and it makes you feel extremely uneasy all the way through.
Other very good things I read this year:
Tin Man by Sarah Weinman
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Reunion by Hannah Pittard
Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood
The best of the year and some other very close seconds! What was your favorite book of the year? Help me have a better reading year going into 2019!