Okay, okay… first of all – I am so sorry. I have, in all honesty, been a bad reader! November + December were very heavy with both work projects… and when work gets really busy I tend to watch more TV and read fewer books. BUT! I have something exciting to share with you…. my developers and I have been very busy and we have added in a new interactive book finder: meet our Book Club page! It isn’t finished yet (I added twenty+ books to it yesterday but over the holidays Kelly and I have about 100 more books to add… it’s a little time consuming). I really wanted a place to house all of my favorite books… and more importantly, a way for you to easily filter + find what you are looking for. There is a filter at the top where you can sort by genre. So if you are looking for a cookbook, you can find that… a juicy YA novel, a light read, a heavier read, and so on and so forth. I hope it is helpful and that you love it as much as I do!!!
As always – I’d love to hear what you are reading! Tell me in the comments!
First and foremost, drop what you are doing and go pre-order Follow Me Into the Dark. It is written by my brilliant friend Felicia Sullivan. I love a good twist (and I know you do too)… this one has TWO. It is so dark and twisty… and amazingly written. I liken it to a cross between Gillian Flynn’s work and The Silence of the Lambs, but better written. I have been trying to figure out how to properly describe it and feel like I don’t do the greatest job. It deals with two generations of women (both really mistreated by their mothers), and siblings. So you have these fascinating mother-daughter relationships (both wrought with disturbing abuse), as well as the relationship between Gillian and her brother Jonah. Buried in there, there’s a serial killer, the two big twists I told you about, and a lot of pain + sadness. It is a masterpiece.
Rich & Pretty is great – it’s a much lighter read, but it was fun. It’s the coming of age story of best friends from middle school through middle age. (One is very rich, and one is very pretty). I thought it did a really great job capturing the intricacies of female friendships. It is a little bit slow at times but overall I really enjoyed it.
After You is the sequel to Me Before You, everybody’s favorite. It picks up where we left off after Me Before You… Louisa is an absolute wreck. I chatted with a lot of you about this on Snapchat, but it’s pretty polarizing. Everyone I talked to either LOVED it or was not impressed. I personally really loved it. I felt like I got a little bit of closure and liked knowing what Louisa was up to after Will’s death… and I thought the plot + character development were both really interesting. As a character, Louisa can be pretty annoying at times, but if you loved Me Before You as much as I do you will enjoy this a lot.
On the non-fiction front, I tackled What if We’re Wrong by Chuck Klosterman this month. Full disclosure: I am still reading it, and it’s taking me a while. I am a big fan of Chuck Klosterman’s work… he has such a brilliant mind. I don’t read enough non-fiction so when I do, it tends to take me a long time to get through it. I’m plowing along through this though… it takes an interesting perspective, looking at the present and future through the lens of the past. It will change your perspective and help you remember how little we actually know!
I had a brain fart and accidentally shot The Regulars again… oops! If you want to read about that, go to last month’s list!