And so, Goodreads says that I’ve read 33 books this year. My target was 50, so not quite there, but I did read some good ones.
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10. All The Missing Girls, Megan Miranda – 5 stars, and I finished this at 4 AM. And I cried at the end. This year, tears have meant a good review.
9. The Fact of A Body: A Murder and a Memoir, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich – This read like a Netflix documentary. That was the good part. The interesting part was that certain aspects of this book didn’t um, sit well with me. And yet, I kept reading and it ended up in my top reads of the year .
8. The Lauras, Sara Taylor – LOVED THIS. I believe this was my first 5- star rating on Netgalley, too. Actually, all the stars. Took this book on a road-trip, and it was the perfect companion.
7. The Burning Girl, Claire Messud – This book was quietly creepy. As I read on, I got the feeling that it was all going to implode. Beautifully written and real. Very, very clever. Read it! I will be reading all of the author’s other books. Don’t know what took me so long!
6. Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs, Beth Ann Fennelly – Another Netgalley read (now published). Officially my quickest read of the year! The emotion of this one sneaks up on you while you’re marvelling at the clear, deceptively simple writing.
5. Kill The Father, Sandrone Dazieri – Holy shit. What an actual roller-coaster this book is. And I haven’t been this invested in a quirky fictional duo since The Millennium books. And the writing was so beautiful and funny. The translation so fluid. And Italy. Of course. The actual case I wasn’t so down with, but bring on the next book. And y’all have to read this one.
4. My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante – Seriously, what took me so long to read this?
3. Midnight at The Bright Ideas Bookstore, Matthew Sullivan – Loved it! 10 stars! Everything I like in a book. A bookshop, quirky characters, random family, a little mystery. Perfect read! Bought a coupy of this to read quotes aloud to my husband, and maybe another copy to throw at my friends. READ THIS! My only question is will there be more Bright Ideas books?
2. The Roanoke Girls, Amy Engel – This was another creepy one that took me about 5 hours to read. I honestly could not do anything else til I finished it.
1. The Unseen World, Liz Moore – Saw a little bit too much of myself in Ada. This was the first book I read this year, and still my favorite.
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How was your reading year?