I am much better at writing about food than books, but I’ve read some really good books lately that I want to share. In no particular order, here are some books I would recommend (descriptions are linked to GoodReads below and I’ve kept my own comments brief - you’re welcome).
What are you reading (other than this blog)? Comment below with your book recommendations, please and thank you!
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
I’m really not a crier but this book made my cry. The age of the characters, period in time, and tribulations of a young relationship struck a chord with me because of the similarities to my own life experiences.
The Mothers by Britt Bennett
This book forced me to think about what it would be like to make a very difficult decision from a different vantage point. I found myself thinking about the story when I wasn’t reading, imagining how I would react if it were my life.
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Paula Hawkins also wrote Girl on the Train. Like her previous book, Into the Water is a page turner. There are interesting family dynamics, fascinations with suicide, and a eerily feeling in this otherwise quiet British town.
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Oh how I loved this book. This book is so beautifully written and the tenderness of the characters is so touching. This book explores the complexities of grief, loneliness, love, and longing as they happen all at the same time.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine By Gail Honeyman
This book will take you through the entire spectrum of emotions. The description of loneliness and pain will make you take a look people in your life and wonder who is carrying around heavy baggage. There are also parts in the book that made me laugh out loud. The main character, Eleanor, is oblivious to many social cues and her assessment of some social interactions are hilarious.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
I don’t even know where to begin with this book so I’m just going to pull a quote from GoodReads:
Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
This book deals with a family drama that no one wants to talk about but has everyone screaming on the inside. The tension within the family is palpable and the pain they are feeling is so well written.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
This book is an incredible story and difficult to read at times because of the horrific history across multiple generations starting in 18th century Ghana. I feel like this should be a required read for high school student.