Back in January, I made some reading goals. I’m so glad I did! Like many goal-oriented overachievers, the fact that I LOVE to read is not enough. But make it a “goal” and I’m reading every free second I have! I’m currently on my thirteenth book of the year. Here are my top five favorite so far:
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
The book opens at a wedding and slowly unpacks the story of Amar and his family. This is the first book from Fatima Farheen Mirza and it is exceptionally well-crafted. The story moves seamlessly back and forth through time and from different points of view so that you revisit memories and deepen your understanding through each new lens. It explores the beauty, challenges, and complexities of their Muslim faith. Most of all it is a story about parenting. Really great book!
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
I almost put this book back. Hmm, a gorgeous model-pretty blond with lots of money hates her life and decides to drug herself so she can sleep for an entire year. What is the point of that! But stay with it. It is hyperbolic, strange, and caustic. The main character uses drug-induced sleep as the cure/therapy/catalyst for moving her out of her current state and into her new identity. Is she unequipped or brilliant?
There There by Tommy Orange
This book is getting a lot of acclaim as the book of the summer. Vox said it well, “There There is a searing examination of American Indianness in the 21st century.” I learned so much from this book. I read it aloud to whoever was near me while I was reading. Each chapter features a new character and they all build and come together in the end. Put this on your must read list.
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
This book was oddly personal. If I was ever going to write and “write what I know”, it would be this book. So guess I won’t be writing a book…. It’s a book about navigating your life, about feminism (the great enigma), about the people that help you and fail you. It’s a nice long novel so you have time to really enjoy the characters and the writing rang true in the way a good book does.
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi.
Holy Mind Blown. It starts at the head and you end at the tail. You may not understand everything, I spent some time googling Igbo people. This book explores liminal spaces and fractured identity. I can’t wait to read her next book.
Happy Reading! Oh and the Man Booker Longlist was just announced. I ordered all of these books so they will trickling in as they are available.
– Corinne Chronopoulos