Here I am, at the end of the year… with the end of my reading year. If you’d like to catch up on the first three installments, here are the links: January-March, April-June, July-September.
And now, on with the show!
October: Wrecked, by Maria Padian
I have read a lot—A LOT—of books that deal with sexual assault and rape culture this year. SO MANY. And so, so many of them were standouts for a plethora of reasons. Three examples!: Peggy ...
Welcome to part three of the four-part, month-by-month breakdown of my favorite books of the year! (Note: by ‘favorite books of the year,’ I mean books that I read in 2016, not necessarily books that were published in 2016.)
July: Flannery, by Lisa Moore
Are you a fan of Melina Marchetta’s realistic fiction? THEN PICK THIS BOOK UP. It’s a We-Used-To-Be-Friends story, in which the ex-friends get paired up in their Entrepreneurship class and, in a nod to their ...
Last week, I started my annual roundup of favorite books of the year with my standout reads from January to March.
Today, I’ll be looking at April through June.
Let’s jump right in!
April: The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge
While I don’t know if I’ve ever been able to name a NUMBER ONE FAVORITE BOOK of any given year, The Lie Tree is the closest I’ve come in recent memory. It’s a historical, it’s a mystery, it’s a dark ...
The end of the year approacheth, and I have so very great books to share with you!
This year, I’m picking my favorite book of each month—my favorite book that I read in each month, not necessarily published in that month (or even in 2016!)—as well as mentioning a few other bonus books here and there.
Let’s dive right in!
January: If I Was Your Girl, by Meredith Russo, and Burn Baby Burn, by Meg Medina
One month in ...
While the multiple sexual harassment lawsuits make him a somewhat problematic figure now, Bob Barker was a hugely iconic figure in my childhood. I was really only allowed to watch daytime television when I was home sick from school, so I associate him—and The Price is Right—with lying on the couch with the flu. A weird treat for a kid when she’s feeling rotten, but these are the things that stick with us, right?
He was born on December ...
Oh, December. Why must you be so cold, so dark, so withholding when it comes to new book releases? Sigh. Here are the two—I know, right? ONLY TWO!—that I’ve got my eye on:
The Secret of a Heart Note, by Stacey Lee
A contemporary romantic fantasy? IN DECEMBER? Yes, yes, yes, PLEASE. This sounds like EXACTLY what I need to get me through the tail-end of 2016.
Aromateurs—love witches—have noses so sensitive that they can make personalized love potions ...
Everyone wants something different from me. It’s like one second, I should be a better dude. I should stop being such a girly douche, and I should just man up. Then, it’s the opposite: I’m too much of a guy, and it’s not right. I should be a girl, because that’s what I’m supposed to be.
The thing is, I’m not a boy, but I don’t want to be that girl either. I just want everyone to screw off and ...
I’ve always been a fiction reader. While I’ve certainly read some nonfiction—mostly personal essays and memoirs, because of the narrative—when it comes to longform work, I’ve always been more drawn to fiction.
Serving on the Amelia Bloomer Project committee—helping to put together a list of the year’s best feminist books for readers 0-18—has forced me to broaden my reading horizons, and to my surprise, I’m finding that I not only love reading it, I’ve been seeking more and more of ...