My 2018 reading life got off to a great start, when I finished up a handful of books that I had been reading for what felt like ages. It was so satisfying and I promised myself I would stop picking up so many books and never finishing them. Then I promptly started reading no less than five books, all of which are half finished on my nightstand. Some things never change…. Despite this, I managed to read a handful of great books this month.
Imagine Me Gone
It took me months to read this book because of the sheer weight of the subject matter. Ultimately, I was glad I stuck with it. The prose is lovely, and the story beautiful and heartbreaking. The characters feel real and substantial. Although the book may not be for everyone (it deals with some very serious themes surrounding mental illness), if you can handle the serious subject matter I highly recommend reading this.
When Dimple Met Rishi
A computer nerd and a comic book nerd meet at a summer program for computer coding, and only one of them knows that their traditional Indian parents have secretly arranged their marriage. This unusual circumstance sets the scene for this quirky YA novel that is enjoyable (and totally relatable) for all-ages.
Into the Wild
Jon Krakauer, author of “Into Thin Air”, retraces the steps of Chris McCandless, a young man who, after graduating from university, donates all his money and possessions to charity and abandons his comfortable suburban lifestyle. The book recounts the many adventures of Chris, travelling throughout California, down the Colarado river, into Mexico, and finally into the wild in Alaska, where after more than 100 days living on his own in the Alaskan wilderness, he perished in an abandoned school bus. The story is fascinating, leading the reader to wonder what would drive an individual to lead such an extreme lifestyle. Bonus, there’s a movie based on the book and it’s AMAZING.
The Last Anniversary
One of Liane Moriarty’s lesser known books, but still jam packed with all the intrigue and suspense that the author is known for. It involves a baby abandoned under mysterious circumstances and a surprising inheritance. If you’re a fan of Moriarty’s other works, I would highly recommend The Last Anniversary.