What I'm Reading
I enjoy reading books from a wide variety of genres including literary fiction, young adult, romance, manga, or anything else that catches my eye. Read about some of my recent favorites below.
Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved by Kate Bowler
A great meditation on what you do when life doesn't turn out the way you plan. I really appreciated Bowler's open and frank narrative. I think she really gets at what it is like to go through something hard and how hard times in life can also be strangely beautiful. A quick read that I definitely recommend.
Columbine by Dave Cullen
I picked this up after starting the podcast Confronting Columbine, which had an episode segment with Dave Cullen. I'm so glad I read this book. The false myths and false narratives around the Columbine shooting were definitely stories that I thought were true (or mostly true) until I read this well-researched and well-written account of the shooting and its aftermath. This was a rough and disturbing read, but also compelling and engagingly written.
Beach Read by Emily Henry
This was one of those books that swept me up and had me flipping pages quickly. I loved the concept of two writers switching genres and challenging each other as they deal with their changing writing lives and personal lives. I don't want to give too much away with this one, but I love that the story dealt with grief, family secrets, and what it means to truly be in love. Worth the read (and a future re-read)!
Party of Two (The Wedding Date, #5) by Jasmine Guillory
I really enjoyed this one! Olivia is relateable and easy to root for, and Max is an impulsive, yet empathetic politician who I really wish was real. Their relationship and its struggles were heartfelt and pulled me in. I loved how Guillory handled issues around racial identity and privilege both in relationships and in politics. So smart and such an engaging read!
I enjoy connecting with other readers and seeing what my friends are reading.