You know that my first love is a great book. I compiled a list of the books I read this summer and I thought I would keep the tradition alive by listing the books I have read so far this fall. These books are in no particular order, but hopefully you’ll find some reading inspiration. This is How You Lose Her: Junoz Diaz is one of my new favorite writers, and this might be my favorite of his books yet! The book is a series of short stories about women, and how the men in their lives affect them either positively or negatively. The book is written mostly from a man’s point of view, but Junoz still writes beautifully and compassionately about the female experience.
The Dinner: This book was super weird and I am still trying to figure out how I feel about it. Basically it is a short book about two sets of parents who go to dinner to talk about a horrific crime their sons committed together. The book takes place entirely in a restaurant over four courses of dinner (though the narrator does illustrate points through flashbacks). Overall, ‘The Dinner’ is pretty messed up in a totally crazy, wtf, kinda way. It is also really slow until the end, and most (wait, no, all) of the characters are pretty unlikeable. So yea, I wouldn’t say to skip this one entirely, but I also wouldn’t say it is a must-read.
Help for the Haunted: This book follows a teen trying to navigate her life after her parents, who used to work as mediums, are killed. ‘Help for the Haunted’ is really good, beautifully paced and thoughtfully written overall. It is fairly easy to get through and just suspenseful and spooky enough that you don’t want to put it down. However, I will note that it is a bit silly in places. But part of me thinks maybe that’s the point?
The List: Don’t judge me. This is 100% a teen book, but it was actually really good. It was discarded on the Barnes and Noble must-read table and I picked it up not realizing it was written for a 14-year-old girl. Whoops. But seriously, I loved this book. Here’s the scoop — there is this fictional high school that publishes a list of the prettiest and the ugliest girls in every grade. The book examines the impact the list has on the girls voted prettiest and ugliest. ‘The List’ is kind of like Mean Girls, but not funny. It is definitely worth a trip to the young adult section to pick it up.
Reconstructing Amelia: First, let me say that this book is described as being similar to Gone Girl. This could not be further from the truth. Reconstructing Amelia is nothing like Gone Girl and I am confused as to why that was approved to print on the cover of this book. So know that when you read this book, it will bear no resemblance to Gone Girl. Okay, now that I have said that I will say that this book is really great. Reconstructing Amelia explores a mother’s quest to find answers after her smart, focused teenage daughter commits suicide (or did she??). The book bounces back and forth between the mother and her daughter, Amelia, a few days before she died. Like ‘The List’, this book tackles the sometimes heartbreaking effects of Mean Girls in high school.
Diary (in progress): I haven’t finished this book, and I must say that it is the weirdest book ever, however it is by the same guy who wrote ‘Fight Club’ so what do you expect? I am sticking with it and it is getting sort of good. It is still beyond weird, but who doesn’t love a little crazy? What books have YOU read this fall? I am always looking for a good book recommendation!