2018 was a great year for reading (I surpassed my reading challenge of 52 books by reading 56), so I expected to take it a bit more lightly this year… but let me tell you, it’s not happening! There are books absolutely everywhere in my room and I’m wondering if I should just not sleep so I get to read everything. This is not even counting the nine novels on the list for my English lit class, namely classics like Wuthering Heights, Emma and Huckleberry Finn. But here is the breakdown of January so far…
Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste NG
I was a little bit late to the game for that one, everyone was recommending it to me, and for good reasons because I could not put it down! I loved how the novel combined multiple storylines about motherhood, social class and belonging. I was a bit disappointed with the lack of closure at the end but it is a strong contender for one of the best novels…
American Wife, Curtis Sittenfeld
Right after Little Fires Everywhere, I dived right into this brick, which is a fiction piece inspired by the life of former First Lady, Laura Bush. Sittenfeld had the idea for this story after reading Bush’s memoir and realizing how interesting her life was. The angle is about her coming-of-age, her opinions on all sorts of topics (in the book she considers herself a democrat and does not agree with most of her husband’s views), and the impact a certain accident had on her life. It was a fantastic book and it cemented my love for Curtis Sittenfeld, now I want to real all her other books.
Delight, JB Priestley
I started this fun collection of essays, which was written after the war to cheer people up. In each essay, Priestley describes one aspect of life that delights him and he just goes on about it in the most wonderful way. I try to read a few pages every night and it actually puts me in a good mood. The 70th anniversary cover is also delightful (see what I did there?).
Royal, Jean-Philippe Baril Guérard (French)
A friend of mine recommended this book and I was on the waiting list at the library for at least 2 months, so I assume it is quite a popular book. It’s about a law student at Université de Montréal and his anxieties when it comes to being successful and being ‘enough’. It deals with pretty rough topics like depression, suicide and medication, so it is hard for me to be motivated to read it. What I like about it however, is the fast pace and that the story takes place in my city with very recognizable restaurants/bars/gyms.
Aka, the giant pile waiting on my bedside table. I was quite ambitious this month with the books I wanted to read and obviously they might have to wait for February to be picked up. I will let you know more about them when I’ve read them…
Siracusa, Delia Ephron
When listening to the You’re Booked podcast episode with Caroline O’Donoghue and she mentioned she had a few books by Nora Ephron’s sister Delia that were worth discovering. This is the only one available at my public library which is why I chose it…
An Edited Life, Anna Newton
One word: Organization. My type A personality is so excited about it, and I love Anna. You will hear more about this soon.
The Water Cure, Sophie Mackintosh
I was kindly gifted that book and it’s supposed to be The Virgin Suicide meets The Handmaid’s Tale, looks promising!
Mr Salary - Sally Rooney
One cannot spend too long without reading a little bit of Sally Rooney. This is only a short story but my excitement level is at 10.
What’s on your January reading list?