I am kicking of 2018's reading goal with a banner month full of terrific reads. The Thomas book might be the best book I have read. EVER. So, there's that. The dad in that book is edging out Atticus Finch for my favorite literary dad in the world. THAT'S HUGE, you guys. I am going to say no more because my book club is talking about it next week and I want you all to read it. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
17. The Slave by Anand Dilvar: You can see my review here.
16. Artemis by Andy Weir: This book was so bad it made me rethink how much I liked The Martian.
15.Vacationland: True Stories and Painful Beaches by John Hodgman: He's charming and delightful, and so is this book. You know memoirs are my jam.
14. An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal: Wow. Our healthcare system is even more screwed up than I thought. Awesome.
13. After the Eclipse by Sarah Perry: What a heart-breaking memoir!
12. In Gratitude by Jenny Diski: Speaking of heartbreaking memoirs!
11. The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall: This was a real page-turner and one of those books where I didn't like any of the characters but did like the book, know what I mean?
10. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green: Loved it. So readable. Such an engaging main character. Great dialogue. Read this-- it goes quickly.
9. The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve: This is everything you want in a winter read: compelling plot, great characters, fast pace. Liked it a lot.
8.The Big Push: Exposing an Challenging the Persistence of Patriarchy by Cynthia Enloe: Read this and you will think different thoughts about an Oprah for president. Enloe is 81 years old and has had a fascinating career as a feminist political scientist. This is a thin, dense little book about smashing the patriarchy, and she weaves a fascinating transnational history of feminism that includes my very favorite Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Read this one, you guys.
7. Verax by Pratap Chatterjee and Khalil: OH MY GOODNESS. First of all, I don't even like graphic novels. But this one! Read it. Dev. A. Stating.
6. The End We Start From by Megan Hunter: Oh, dystopian fiction, I cannot quit you. This one is spare and haunting and slim. And! It helps me meet my poetry resolution. Win/win.
5. My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent: Jesus Christ. This book. I mean, I LOVED Idaho, but where the violence and terror of that book was sort gauzy, this one is IN YOUR FACE. But, I mean, I couldn't look away. I read this in literally 90 minutes. 90 traumatic minutes.
4. Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny: I LOVED THIS BOOK! Audra is a fabulous character, and even though it's a thick book, I flew through it snuggled under a blanket while chaos whirled around me. It's really great., about love and marriage and parenting and friendship. Read it for the excellent dialog alone.
3. Mean by Myriam Gurba: I love that this was the first book I read this year. It is brilliant and brutal and poetry. Another fabulous memoir. You should definitely read it. Right away.
2. The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin: Loved it. But! I am a diehard devotee (hello, redundancy). Also an Upholder. You know what I discovered after reading this, though? BEN IS A REBEL. This explains so much. If you haven't already, TAKE THE QUIZ.
1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: This book was hard to read. It's so sad. I felt so hopeless for the main character. But then? I fell in love with her and with her family and decided I could stick it out to find out what happened to them. I think this might be one of the best books I've ever read.