This is going to be a work-in-progress. I loved reading as a child, but as an adult got into the mindset that I should only read business or self-improvement books. Making time to read fiction and whatever else I want has brought me amazing joy. And who doesn’t want more joy in their lives?
I’m always looking for my next read and will share my favorites with you. The lists below are just titles, authors, and my brief thoughts on why I loved or not. I’ve linked to Amazon simply to make your life easier to click. Most of my reads are through the NYC Public Library system and Libby. and Feel free to ask me for more info if you are interested, and I’d love to hear your favorites and why.
loves + likes
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
This book replaced my long-time favorite, Pride and Prejudice. Of course, very different in subject, tone, and almost everything else, The Goldfinch follows a young boy through a lot of ups and downs. It’s a really long book, but completely worth it. Also love that it is set in NYC and can’t wait for the movie to be released.
- Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
This is now my second favorite. Extremely long, but similar to The Goldfinch in that it chronicles a good man’s sufferings and triumphs, many of each which Lin brings upon himself.
couldn’t finish (although I really wanted to)
- Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
First of all, I love science and Neil deGrasse Tyson, but I have learned that I do not learn (or care very much about learning) astrophysics. If you are fascinated with dark matter and black holes, this is for you.
- Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Really strange. The concept is that Lincoln’s son who died is sorta stuck in the afterlife, maybe because his father is so attached to him.
- The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts
The sequel to Shantaram.