You can skip these:23. And Then You Die of Dysentery: Lessons in Adulting from the Oregon Trail by Lauren Reeves: Cute.
22. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking: Yep.
21. Fed Up by Gemma Hartley: I wanted to like this. I really did.
20. Looking for Lorraine by Imani Perry: I really wanted to love this, but it was a show don't tell situation.
Some fun reads:19. My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper: Adorbs.
18. Penelope Lemon: Game On by Inman Majors: Cute.
17. The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory: Is this book fluff? yes. Is it totally predictable? Also yes. But, is it compulsively readable and totally entertaining: YOU BET. I am a Jasmine Guillory fan for fun, light, bubbly fiction.
Liked it:16. The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu: So sad. Also really engrossing.
Four fiction books I enjoyed:15. The Wildlands by Abby Geni: This is so sad and gripping. I really liked it.
14. Elevation by Stephen King: I think it's a metaphor, you guys.
13. The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg: I love her.
12. The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell: Not her usual thriller, but definitely gripping.
A smarter book than I usually read for fun:11. Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David Blight: So, okay. This guy is a historian, so i cannot expect this to a rhetorical biography. BUT. It is a biography centered around Douglass's development as a writer and speaker, so it;s hard for me to not want a rhetorical biography. Something that bugged me throughout was how disembodied Douglass was for Blight, even as Blight was writing about the ways Douglass used his body rhetorically. Also! I wanted more about Anna Douglass and her material reality, relegated in this book to castaway sentences. Still, this was meticulously written and researched, ad the book told a compelling story. Loved it.
Three really readable books you should reserve at the library ASAP:10. The Swing of Things by Linda Keir: I mean listen. Am I putting this book about swingers above an award-winning biography? Yes, you guys. Because that's the kind of person I am.
9. All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews: This book was slow but ultimately wonderful ad really sad. I fell in love with characters eventually, but if I was following through on my promise to quit books that I wasn't in love with, I would not have made it all the way through this one.
8. The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling: This was a lovely, well-written, suspenseful little story. Suspenseful because it covers a spam of about a week, and the narrator is taking care of her baby and simultaneously losing her shit.
Two excellent nonfiction books:7. Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick by Maya Dusenberry: This book mad me so mad and also made me pretty sure I have had a couple of heart attacks.
6. The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum: OH MY GOD. Read this. You will never eat again.
This right here? Is a REALLY STRONG top 5:5. There There by Tommy Orange: WOWZERS. This book is just as good as everyone says it is.
4. America Is not the Heart by Elaine Castillo: Read this one! It took me awhile to warm up to it, but when I did, I could not put it down.
3. The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison: Oh, wow. This book is a gut-wrenching memoir and also a deeply emotional trip to the archive. Jamison is a wonderful writer.
2. The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner: OH MY GOSH. So funny. So sad. So well-paced. I loved this one!
1. Circe by Madeline Miller: I didn't read this last year because I didn't think I would like it. But! I WOULD! I DID! I highly recommend.