February 2018: Current Reads and My Favorite Book of the Year (So Far)

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Thus far into 2018, I’ve read six (almost eight–finishing up two more right now) books. In the past month and a half, I have read the fourth installment of the Runaways comic series, helium by Rudy Francisco, Peluda by Melissa Lozada-Oliva, We Slept Here by Sierra DeMulder, Glass, Irony, and God by Anne Carson, and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.  I am currently reading Still Me by Jojo Moyes, What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons, Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon, Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson, and Apathy and Paying Rent by Zach VandeZande. I recently posted a video on YouTube that covers my most anticipated reads of 2018, which you can watch here:

Though I haven’t yet read much so far this year, my favorite, at this point, is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. In fact, it quickly became one of my favorite books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Here is the synopsis from the back of the book:

“From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides.  Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.”

This book has received a ton of praise and it is well deserved, in my opinion. It will be pretty tough for a book to top this one as my favorite read of 2018. You can purchase Little Fires Everywhere here. I’ll keep you all updated on what I’m reading this year with recommendations and reviews, so stay tuned!

Have any of you read Little Fires Everywhere? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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My Top 20 Favorite Reads of 2017

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Last year, I read some incredible books and I wanted to take the time to share some of my favorites with all of you. In 2017, I read 88 books. The previous year, I read 41 books and in 2015, I only read 29, so it’s safe to say that I am making steady progress. Though many of those 88 changed my life, I’ve decided to narrow it down to my top 20 favorites, in no particular order. Without further adieu, here they are:

  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  • My Only Wife by Zhock Zhimpse
  • Self-Help by Lorrie Moore
  • Before a Million Universes by T.W.R. Shelton
  • Fondly by Colin Winnette
  • The Mothers by Brit Bennett
  • The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
  • The Peacock Door by Wanda Kay Knight
  • Girls Like Me by Nina Packebush
  • Play it as it Lays by Joan Didion
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg
  • You Can’t Touch My Hair and Other Things I Still Have to Say by Phoebe Robinson
  • Depression and Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim
  • The Girls by Emma Cline
  • Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou
  • New American Best Friend by Olivia Gatwood
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
  • Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts by Maya Jewell Zeller and Carrie DeBacker

    It was a great year of reading and I’m eager to share what I’ve been reading so far in 2018. I highly suggest you all get your hands on these 20 books. Feel free to check out my “read” list on my Goodreads to see the other 68 titles I read last year.

    Which of these have you read? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Book Review: ‘The Peacock Door’ by Wanda Kay Knight

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The Peacock Door by Wanda Kay Knight

Warning: This review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.
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I finished reading Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty a few days ago and absolutely loved it. If you perused Goodread’s Best Books of 2016 list, you’ll see that Truly Madly Guilty made #1 in the fiction category. Moriarty is also the author of Big Little Lies, which was one of my favorite reads of the year. Truly Madly Guilty has also made my list of top favorites, as well. Have any of you read this book? If you’ve read Big Little Lies or Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s The Nest, I can bet that you will enjoy this novel, as well. You can purchase Liane Moriarty’s Truly Madly Guilty here. I look forward to reading more of her books.

Summary: “Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?

Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.

Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.

Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.”

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What is everyone reading right now? I listen to a lot of audiobooks because I don’t have a ton of free time right now to sit down with print copies of books. Nonetheless, here is my “currently reading” list:

The Peacock Door by Wanda Kay Knight
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Before a Million Universes by T.W.R. Shelton
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

Do you like to read one book at a time or read multiple at a time? As you can see, I identify with the latter. I’d love to hear what you’re reading right now or recently finished reading. Share your titles in the comments section below!

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It’s Banned Books Week, everyone. Value your freedom of speech and read what you want! What are some of your favorite books that have been banned?

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