One of my friends (Marie, looking at you) keeps a book log every year. I used to keep one all the time and I’m going to keep track this year. I don’t promise to make long commentary about all of them, but will add a word or two about each one so you can tell if it would be something you’d like to sink into. My tastes are very broad and almost no one is going to read all the same things I enjoy. Without further ado, the January list:
The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah. Upmarket fiction. This book has made many best of the year lists and it is on mine, too. Every sentence is true and unflinching. Not a single false note anywhere, and I am a major WWII buff. Really, one of the best books I’ve read in ages and I highly recommend it.
A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara. Literary. This is a bleak book. I loved a lot of it, and read to the end, but it has many dark literary turns. Be warned.
The Shameless Hour, Sarina Bowen. New Adult, very sexy. Well-written, intelligent, with a hot Latino hero who is a really good guy.
One Plus One, JoJo Moyes. Women’s Fiction. Addictive, romantic. Set in England. Fast becoming one of my favorite writers.
Abandoned a science fiction novel not meant for me. Perfectly fine, I’m just not the reader for this book.
Last night picked up Moonlight Over Paris, Jennifer Robson. Very promising.
Off and on:
Safekeeping, Abigail Thomas. Essays. I like her stuff. Short, piercing. Different from the usual memoir fare.
Word Puppets, Mary Robinette Kowal. Science Fiction. One of the best stories I’ve read in a long time is in this collection, The Consciousness Problem. She has a deeply intelligent, thoughtful voice and a lot of this work would be right at home on the old Twilight Zone
What have you been reading lately?