Halfway through the year, and I have read 108 books. Can I hit 216 for the year?! STAY TUNED.
17. The Liberal Redneck Manifesto by Trae Crowder, et al: FUNNY. And political. In this day and age, I didn't even think this was possible combo anymore.
16. The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews: Queen of the beach reads! I ... liked it OK.
15. Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood: I wanted this to be more.
14. When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger: This one was her best since The Devil Wears Prada, but it was nowhere near as good as DWP.
13. Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies by Michael Ausiello: Oh wow!! This memoir is incredible! I totally recommend it.
12. Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee: Celeste Ng blurbed this book, so I had to read it. Sad and lovely and haunting.
11. By Invitation Only by Dorthea Benton Frank: I have a major soft spot for this author, and I love her every summer. I particularly like that her heroines are older women who are still complete people. This one is a fun read.
10. Motherhood by Sheila Heti: LOVED this. Funny, smart, interesting form. Read it!
9. Laura and Emma by Kate Greathead: A lovely, funny, spare story about a mother and a daughter growing up. I liked the sad little ending and decided it was hopeful not tragic. Worth a read!
8. Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett: This book is wonderful and heartbreaking and just plain weird. I hope it's a movie. It would be a great movie. I will remember Elvis and Lizzie Babbitt for a long time.
7. Love and Ruin by Paula McLain: This is historical fiction about Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway, and YES you should read it.
6. The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda: SUCH A GOOD THRILLER. Loved this one.
5. You Think It, I'll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld: I have not been into short stories lately, but this collection changed my mind. While the voice throughout is clearly Sittenfeld, the characters are wonderful-- just the kind of women I know.
4. Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering: Ooooh this was readable and engaging-- an ideal summer read.
3. The High Season by Judy Blundell: I. LOVED. THIS. Totally great summer read-- you should summer read it.
2. The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman: THIS IS GREAT. Sad, yes, but ultimately, satisfyingly sweet. Not really a summer read, but what the hell, right?
1. Us Against You by Fredrik Backman: YES YES YES. Read Beartown and then read this. The blurb on the back calls him the Dickens of our generation, and I think this is a good comparison. But, I hate Dickens and I love this guy.