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.
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)!
Re-read update: For me, Beach Read is exactly what I want in a book. There's a complex romance, dealing with grief, struggling with writing, and a good dose of humor. This is one of those books I wish I wrote. So good and exactly what I needed to (re)read right now!
Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell
Cultish is a great look at the linguistics behind cults and how the patterns of that language show up throughout American culture. As I was reading this, I really appreciated Montell's tone, which was informative, personable, and at times playful. Overall, Montell shows how easy it is to be drawn in to the orbit of a cultish group, MLM, or Instagram guru. Definitely worth reading if you're curious about cults and why people join them. I read a library copy, but I'll probably be buying and marking up my own copy soon!
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
I liked a lot of the ideas in Trust Exercise: how young artists see themselves, what makes something true, how people see themselves vs how others see them, and how the teacher-student relationship can be manipulated and distorted by predatory behavior. I also liked how the book calls its own facts into question. Overall, Choi's narrative includes a lot that fellow writers will find compelling from the ideas to the structural choices.
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.
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