We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
It's about Irish Americans. A multigenerational family. The slow, heartbreaking unravel of Alzheimer's disease. It's so devastatingly moving. After I finished it, I was still thinking about for days. Weeks. Months.
I still think about it.
This adult book and debut novel is the first book that comes to mind when asked for a book recommendation. (Mature content and language.)
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
I heart this Young Adult book so much. Not just because it's about sisters or first loves or because the main character is Korean American (yay for diversity!). It's funny. Quirky. Thoughtful and sad. This is the book I want to share with my younger sisters -- and pretty much every woman, every person -- in the world. Sequel out in May 2015.
The Matched series by Ally Condie
I read all three books in one binge week and I can't believe it took me so long to pick them up. It's dystopian YA, and I love the poetic writing, the strong characters, the complex world. It's about following your own path and staying true to yourself. My only regret is that I didn't read them years ago.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
This adult novel was my selection for book club last month. It opens with spin class. Falls into amnesia, divorce, death and the sticky, complicated mess that is love and marriage.
It reads as easy as a summer beach selection, but there's depth and beauty that makes for great book club discussion.
I made Thomas Keller's lemon meringue bars to go with the book's theme, I think both the treat and book were a hit (Yay for Thomas Keller and book club!).
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Another YA book with Asian American characters! My heart is happy. Especially with the cool '80s music. Punk rock love. It's brave and real and mortifying and hopeful. (Mature content and language.)
xo and happy reading. :)