Welcome to the year of hell where anything goes! Recently I’ve been discouraged because I can’t seem to calm my brain down enough to pay attention to any book, but when I looked back at the year as a whole, I discovered that I had read several that I really enjoyed earlier in the year.
If you’re like me and can barely concentrate long enough to read an article, these books were compelling enough to hold my attention. Maybe they will do the same for you. Grab a bottle of wine and read your way into the new year.
A fantastic blend of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy, this was a book I could not put down from top to bottom.
Review: The Institute
The Nickel Boys
A glimpse inside the famous Dozier School for Boys in Florida and how white and black juveniles received two different types of punishment. A fictional story that covers a very real school’s horrific past.
Review: The Nickel Boys
A smart sci-fi time travel adventure that not only asks if we could do something but also whether we should.
Wow, No Thank You
A collection of essays from the hilarious, raunchy, and insightful Samantha Irby. Always a must read.
Review: Wow, No Thank You
There is no better mystery/thriller author writing in this moment. You should also read Two Girls Down first for context on the main characters
Review: The Janes (Alice Vega #2)
Where the Crawdads Sing
Have you been abandoned by people you love and forced to create a life and figure out the world on your own, only to be taken advantage of along the way? Are you at your most comfortable in solitude? This book will reach into your heart and whisper “you’re doing okay kid, keep going.”
Review: Where the Crawdads Sing
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires
Suburban housewives band together to rid their subdivision of a literal vampire, but must first overcome their husbands to get it done. A real parable, this one.