You know your blogging game is not strong when so much time passes between posts that you forget your password. Every. Single. Time. Oh well…such is life.
I keep meaning to do a 2015 books post but somehow it just never happened. Shocker. Apparently I have more free time than anyone, ever because in addition to seeing 45 movies in 2015, I read 49 books. While the year in movies was pretty crap with very few exceptions, 2015 and, so far, 2016, were pretty awesome in terms of books. If you’re looking for some good reads for spring break or just because, here are some of the best I’ve read recently:
- The Knockoff – I don’t usually love chick lit but this one was really, really good and fun. Bonus points because the main character is British, and also…well, I won’t spoil it for you, but I highly recommend for a fun, light read that also deals with ageism in the workplace and the divide between “digital natives” and oldsters like me.
- The Price of Silence: A Mom’s Perspective on Mental Illness – Totally different from The Knockoff, obviously, but a really great, important read about parenting a child with mental illness and just mental illness in general. Written by the woman who wrote the blog post I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother after the Sandy Hook tragedy, this book should be a must-read for everyone.
- You and Hidden Bodies – I LOVE these books so much and can’t recommend them highly enough. You is Carolyn Kepnes’s first novel and it is amazing–creepy and riveting. Then a year later, the sequel, Hidden Bodies, is even better–it’s SOO good. The two books combined are like a 100% better Gone Girl mixed with American Psycho combined with….I don’t even know what. All I know is that if you haven’t read both, get right on it–and if you do audiobooks, opt for the audiobook versions because the narrator is amazing.
- My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind – Yes, another book on mental illness, but again, so good and so worth reading if only to understand what it’s like to live every minute of every day almost crippled with anxiety, only to have to appear to all the world that everything is fine. Scott Stossel is the editor of The Atlantic and a Harvard Grad, a dad and husband who lives in an upscale Washington, DC neighborhood–someone the world would consider to be nearly perfect. This book is sad and funny and inspiring and, in my opinion, along with The Price of Silence (above), a must-read for anyone who thinks mental illness is something that’s just all in your head or something you can just mind-over-matter.
- Cotswolds Memoir: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage – Ok, unless you’re obsessed with living in the English countryside, this book might bore you to tears…but if you’re an Anglophile and/or just dream of a quiet life in a cottage in a tiny village in the Cotswolds, it’s better than Xanax.
- The Rosie Project — I’m still reading this but it is soo good I couldn’t resist adding it to the list. I don’t know if it’s just me, but this book makes me wish I had Asperger’s. Sorry if that’s not politically correct to say, but it’s true–while the main character is socially challenged and governed by rules, he makes his inner world sound super appealing, at least to me. He times his life down to the second and has it all planned out, lives by a “standardized meal plan” that involves shopping for and cooking the exact same seven meals every week because, among seven other reasons he spells out in the book, it “decreases cognitive load” to just shop and cook on autopilot. If my family would go for this, I’d so do this. Anyway, the book is delightful.
And last but most certainly not least, Lust & Wonder, Augusten Burroughs’ new book, comes out on March 29th and I CANNOT WAIT. In case you don’t already know this about me, I am obsessed beyond words with Augusten. If any of the five people who read this happen to have access to an advance copy of this book I would DIE DIE DIE to be able to read it before March 29. #justsayin
What books should I add to my list?