Tons of good books on this list, though - I have end-of-year best book lists to thank for that.
A Moment Comes - This book takes places during the partition of India in 1947, which I knew nothing about prior to reading. I really appreciated the book's messages about acceptance, tolerance, and patience. Definitely not your typical YA romance (I assumed it would be based on the description).
Though just to be clear, I don't have any problems with typical YA romance. You'll find several further down this list ;)
Spousonomics - Looking at common marriage issues (like sharing chores) as an economist. Some parts were fascinating, others not so much.
About Alice - A husband's tribute to his late wife. I listened to this on audio based on Jessica's recommendation and ended up teary eyed in a grocery store parking lot finishing it. Super sweet.
Open Road Summer - A throughly enjoyable YA romance. Of course it takes place during the summer while they're on the road for a concert series, so that was nice to imagine while it was snowing outside.
One Plus One - By the author of Me Before You. I really liked this! A very different sort of love story involving a single mom, her children, and their dog on a road trip with a man she cleans for.
Big Little Lies - The best book I've read so far this year. The sarcasm and wit in this story made me laugh out loud MANY times (I need a Madeline in my life), and combined with the mystery of what actually happened at the fundraiser, made me never want to put this down.
Along for the Ride - Another easy-breezy summer romance. Whose heart wouldn't melt for a teenage boy who can swaddle a baby?
The Right Word - This was out on display in my library because it won a lot of awards so I had to see what the hype was about. A cool book about Roget, the man who wrote Roget's Thesaurus.
Beyond Magenta - A chronicle of several transgender teens and their growing up and/or coming-of-age process(es). Much of this was difficult for me to read. I think the reactions of other people to the teens in the book were the most shocking parts. And, it's real life - so things are not tied up in a neat bow at the end.
Lola and the Boy Next Door - There's a special place in my heart for Lola since she and I share a love for tutus. This was a sequel where reading the first book first isn't strictly necessary and I think this one is a little better than the first. (The third book rocks too.)
|Me, wearing a tutu last Halloween|
Everything Leads to You - This one brought back a lot of wonderful memories from California last summer. It's an awesome slow-building romance and a little bit of mystery too.
Fully Fertile - I could probably write an entire post just on this book and the impact it had on my life. It was so refreshing and comforting to read a book from someone (several someones, actually) who struggled with infertility. At certain points it was like they were reading my mind because I could relate completely to what they felt and experienced.
The Girl on the Train - I am one of those weirdos who imagines the lives of strangers that I see out and about. So a book about a woman who creates personas for people living by the train tracks and gets involved in a police investigation based off of what she notices out the train window seemed right up my alley. Lots of awful characters in this one, which drove me crazy. But I think a lot of people enjoyed this book because of the twist - and I figured it out way early so it was just an okay read.
Donner Dinner Party - A graphic novel about the Donner Party (they tried to take a shortcut while traveling west across the US and it didn't end well). Boys who hate reading but love gruesome history would probably love this.
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend - Another children's book that I was duped into reading because of my library's display cases! It's a sweet story about an imaginary friend who just can't wait for his turn to be picked by a child.
The World According to Humphrey - If you've ever wanted to read a hamster's diary, here's your chance!
Yes Please - I just love Amy! Let me tell you why. 1. Amy used to be a waitress and mentioned that one of the benefits was leaving work at work - until you wake up in the middle of the night and remember you forgot to give table 7 ranch dressing. This happened to me (more than once, ha!) but my waitress friends thought I was the oddest thing when I told these kinds of stories. It's always nice to find out you're not the only one! 2. I adore her mantra - "Good for her, not for me." 3. Parks & Recreation.
Read any good books lately?