Recently, I've been in a real book slump. I can't get into anything! I try and try, and nothing I start reading catches my attention. It's a little tricky to find time to read these days, but I adore books, and there was a time I would go to the library and take out 10 books, devour them in a week, and go back for more...but now? I have to really, really fall in love with the book to read it all the way through. When discussing books with friends, I often resort to the same book recommendations; these are the books which I wish I could go back and re-read again, without knowing the ending. The books which grab you and toy with your head and heart until you're done, and then you can't stop thinking about them. I compiled my list of top books I've read over the last 5 years or so; these books moved me, stayed with me, and are ones I wish others would read so that we can discuss them together!
What's the #1 book I always, always recommend people (of all ages and genders) read?
It's about growing up, the world, love, parents, and the feeling that nothing around you is stable.
Mind you, there are hundreds of other books I adore, but this list seems to be the ones I hear myself suggesting time and again.
Have you read any of these?
Wonder by RJ Palacio
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Darlings by Cristina Alger
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger
A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
What Remains by Carole Radziwill
Vaclav and Lena by Haley Tanner
Those We Love Most by Lee Woodruff (trigger warning: a child dies)
Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
The Arrivals by Meg Mitchell Moore
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
The Circus in Winter by Cathy Day
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
Composed: A Memoir by Rosanne Cash
The Condition by Jennifer Haigh
Faith by Jennifer Haigh
Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt (trigger warning: a mama dies)
The Vacationers by Emma Straub
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe