It's been a tough week for our nation, and nothing sounds better than curling up with a good book for a little escapism. I made it a resolution to read more this year and actually followed through fairly well. But, I'm still hoping to get through a few more page-turners and thought-provokers before the year ends. That shouldn't be too hard since my co-workers and I have made a pact to create a little book club this month (hurrah!). I've rounded up some recently released novels I'm looking forward to reading (and have heard nothing but good things about). So, let me know in the comments if you've read any of these yet or have some others you'd like to share!
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
The author Brit Bennet is just 26 years old and wrote this during her time as an undergrad and graduate student. Her name has been buzzing everywhere from Jezebel to Vogue to NPR and I can't wait to read her novel. It's set in a contemporary black community in Southern California and touches on difficult topics like abortion and coming into adulthood a bit unsteadily. While the nature of the book seems heavy, I hear it's equally entrancing and quick to keep interest.
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
The newest psychological thriller by Emma Donoghue (who also wrote Room) which centers around "an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle -- a girl said to have survived without food for months soon finds herself fighting to save the child's life." (Good Reads) I love a little mystery and this book seems like a dark and riveting story with a twist.
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Small Great Things examines racism and privilege in our country. It's a New York Times best seller already and I really love the idea of challenging privilege in a way that's still empathetic -- something critics have noted the author does well. This one is definitely high on my Amazon wishlist!
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)
As I've mentioned (probably too many times), I'm so excited for the Gilmore Girls revival this month on Netflix. The cherry on top: this book by Lauren Graham! It comes out a few days after the series (Nov. 29th), so it will be something else to look forward to after the binge session ends (ha!).
Common Wealth Anne Pachet
This book revolves around the interweaving dramas of two families for five decades and I'm always interested in stories that examine how one event can change life forever. Plus, it's a New York Times best seller and PopSugar noted that "Commonwealth is a smart, thoughtful novel about the ties that bind us.” That sounds like just the right kind of book to read right now when our nation is feeling divided.
Today Will be Different by Maria Semple
Maria Semple wrote "Where'd You go Bernadette?" which if you haven't read it, is such a funny and endearing novel about an unconventional lead who tries to do the right thing despite her nature to rebel against the status quo. This novel paints a similar heroine who's a self-proclaimed mess who tries to turn things around despite roadblocks from just about everybody around her. I can't wait to dig into this!
Have you read any of these books yet? What's on your reading list this fall?