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.

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  • 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.
  • The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts
    The sequel to Shantaram. Lin is a good bad boy, and it was good to find out the end game for him.
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
    A sad but inspirational story that chronicles the life of a Lithuanian teenage girl and her family in the aftermath of Stalin’s seizure and deportation of anyone identified as an anti-Soviet element.
  • American Panda by Gloria Chao
    A short read, but not really light-hearted. This book highlights the struggle of second generation immigrants to follow the traditions of their home countries and assimilate into their lives in America.
  • Austenland by Shannon Hale
    Not a deep story, but a fun, fast escape if you are a Jane Austen fan.
  • Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale
    I’m a little embarrassed by this sequel, but I needed some lightness after another few chapters of A People’s History of the United States.
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
    I enjoyed this more serious version of Groundhog’s Day.
  • Sociable by Rebecca Harrington
    This book makes you cringe over and over as the millenial main character makes her way in the world, personally and professionally.
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
    A cute, romantic adventure about two young adults who meet on basically the worst possible day.
  • The Whole World Over by Julia Glass
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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.

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