I am an avid reader, and I always have been. There are usually two books being read at once, and I’m lucky enough to have the time to devote to reading as much as I do. I come from a huge family of readers as well, and I know I have a few good friends that enjoy it too- so I wanted to share some of my favorite books that I got to this year. If you’re interested in other things that I would recommend or have read in the past, you can always follow me on Goodreads (there’s a link in the sidebar of this blog) or can just ask me! I am always happy to talk about it as well.
So this year, I read a wide variety of different things, so this will be a smattering of fiction/non fiction/biographies/etc…
Remember the absolutely precious actress who was in Matilda/Miracle on 34th Street/Mrs. Doubtfire? Mara Wilson was a very famous child actress who wrote a memoir in 2016 about growing up in the film industry, her family and the death of her mother at a young age, and her mental health (she had a lot of similar issues I could relate to…Anxiety, depression, trichotillomania.) Her writing is funny and honest, and hearing her sweet stories of acting with Danny Devito, Sally Field, and Robin Williams were absolutely adorable and nostalgic. If you’ve read this and want more of her writing, her blog is also wonderful! Check it out at www.marawilsonwritesstuff.com
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson is a Gothic horror novel set in the early 1900s. It’s a psychological thriller about two sisters living in a castle alone with their uncle happily, trying to forget the dark past of their family. Their cousin Charles appears and begins to cause trouble- causing the girls to come to terms with the history of their family. This is an easy read, exciting throughout the entire story, and absolutely chilling. I would recommend this for anyone interested in horror.
I really love the True Crime genre, and like the rest of the world, I was so interested in the Netflix series Making a Murderer. This book was written by the defense counsel in the case that we all eagerly watched in the series, and it offers some seriously interesting insight into the case that is still talked about today. It was actually published just this year, so it is very up to date as far as the details of the case. This is definitely a great read for anyone intrigued by this case or by True Crime in general.
Roxane Gay is one of my absolute favorite authors. She has written so many fantastic books, such as Bad Feminist, Ayiti, and Difficult Women. An Untamed State was written in 2014, and tells the story of Mireille Duval Jameson, who is kidnapped from her beautiful life with her husband and baby in Haiti by a gang of armed men who are trying to take money from her rich father. She ends up being imprisoned by them with the most horrible conditions (there are graphic scenes of violence and rape, be warned). When she is finally rescued, she has to start her whole life over and find out who she is again. Definitely a difficult read due to the horrible violence that she endures, but the writing and the story of redemption are absolutely incredible! I’d definitely recommend any of her books to anyone, and this is one of my favorites!
If you read my blog post from a few weeks ago, you know that I don’t have any kids. It can be extremely alienating and lonely as a married couple who has no children, and this book was extremely helpful to me. It includes sixteen short stories from writers that either couldn’t have children or decided that it wasn’t for them. It’s a very entertaining, refreshing book and I’d recommend it to anyone else without kids.
I really wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did. It’s from a book club that I had joined earlier in the year, and most of their selections weren’t great. However this book was not at ALL predictable, and had a twist that had me literally gasping out loud at the end of the book. It’s about a married couple named David and Adele, who have a very strange relationship. David meets a single mom named Louise at a bar and kisses her, then tells her about his marriage. She then finds out the next week that he’s her new boss. While trying to figure out the strange couple, she discovers something extremely disturbing about them. Again, from the short synopsis on the book, I wasn’t expecting much. However, this book was ridiculously thrilling.
There are so many other books that I read this year that were wonderful, but I just wanted to share a few of them on here. Again, if you’d like any recommendations, I’m always happy to talk about books!
What were the best books that you read this year? Have you read any of the five mentioned above? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments! Have a great week!