It can be totally overwhelming to pick a new book and when reading time is limited I want to make sure that my choices are going to be well worth it. About once a month, I share my reading list in the hopes that it makes your reading list a bit easier to navigate and more importantly helps you discover books you really love. After all, life is too short to read books you don’t enjoy!
On My Nightstand This Month
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Such a fantastic YA novel. I loved this book and think it’s worthy of all the hype it’s getting. Science-minded Natasha meets romantic writer Daniel on the streets of New York on the day she and her family are supposed to be deported to Jamaica. The Universe has big plans for these two as they spend the day together following the intertwining of their stories. Daniel and Natasha take turns narrating this poignant story that shows just how connected we really are. A smart book that handles the issues of immigration with the complexity they deserve.
Everyone’s been raving about this book and I will say it is fast paced science thriller that keeps you guessing until the end. Jason Dessen is a happily married professor and father in Chicago until one night when he’s kidnapped on his way home from the store. After being knocked out, he wakes up in a laboratory he doesn’t recognize but everyone seems to know him. The actual science behind this book will make your mind bend a little bit and it’s a super interesting premise but I also felt like sometimes the thriller nature of the book went a bit further than necessary and read more like a movie script than a novel (which makes sense as the author is a screenwriter). Overall, it’s still a great read and appeals to lots of different types of readers.
I started this series last summer but just recently read the short novella that falls after the first 3 books and it reminded me that I hadn’t shared any of the titles yet. Imagine The Thomas Crowne Affair meets The Princess Diaries. Katarina Bishop is a thief but wants to lead a normal life. That can be hard when you’re part of one the most infamous criminal families in the world. All 3 and 1/2 books have been really enjoyable. I think this is Ally Carter’s best series, It’s smarter and avoids the dingy characters of her Gallagher Girls series.
I’ve been exploring the enneagram (if you have no idea what it is, here’s more info) for the past six months or so since hearing Cron and Stabile on a podcast. More than another other personality typing system, discovering your type or number is really more about reflecting and spending time evaluating yourself than taking a quick test and slapping a label on yourself. This book has been one of the best resources so far with easy to understand chapters and clear descriptions of the nine profiles associated with the enneagram. I still haven’t decided exactly what number I am but I really enjoyed reading this book and have at least narrowed down my options. A great first step if you’re curious about this increasingly popular personality tool.
I read Zentner’s debut novel, The Serpent King, last fall and have recommended it over and over again as one of my favorite new YA books so I was very excited to get my hands on a copy of his newest release. Continuing with Zentner’s love of Tennessee, this book takes place in Nashville and opens at the funeral of Carver Brigg’s best friends. He should have been in the car the night his three best friends were killed but instead he was working and sends a text that ends it all. I think Zentner’s ability to depict teens and the complex world they live in with such honest grace is one of my favorite things and I’m so glad it shows up here again in this novel, even if I did have to grab the tissues a few times. If you parent or work with teens, this is an author you need to be reading.
What have you been reading this month? I’m always looking for new titles, so leave a comment with the best thing you’ve read in the last month.