Wednesday, March 01, 2017

February: What I Read

SUCH GOOD BOOKS THIS MONTH!

11. In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi:  There are better memoirs, and there are better stories of transgender history.

10. We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly:  A really creepy book about climate change and a bad marriage.

9. The Wangs Versus the World by Jade Chang:  I tried 6 times to read this book and had to keep taking it back to the library because it was due before I got to it.  The last time, I decided to just muscle through it.  Meh.

8. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin:  About the afterlife.  Liked it.

7. Beneath the Bonfire by Nickolas Butler:  Really good collection of stories.  Each one was magically the perfect length to finish in a sitting (in a variety of sitting circumstances, actually)

6. Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance:  SO CONFLICTED about this book.  I like it as a memoir but not as a political statement.

5. The Morning They Came for Us by Janine Di Giovanni:  Gah.  This book was brutal.  It's about Syria and is probably something everyone should read.

4. The Mothers by Britt Bennett:  An excellent novel with terrific characters, a coming of age story, a love story-- it's lovely.

3. Little Deaths by Emma Flint:  About the murder of 2 small children-- really real feeling and scary but also sad and film noir-ish.

2.  The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead:  This is absolutely as good as everyone says it is.

1. The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker:  Oh this was SO SO SO GOOD.  As soon as I closed the book, all I wanted to do was start it all over again-- that's the best kind of sign.  I will remember Mel and Sharon for a long time.



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