In no particular order, here are some of the best books I read this year!
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
An emotional read, John Boyne’s The Heart’s Invisible Furies just about broke my heart while making me repeatedly laugh out loud. More thoughts here.
The Idiot by Elif Batuman
Even months after reading The Idiot, I’m unable to stop thinking about it. My love for it came with time; the longer I spend away from main character Selin, the more I miss her (which sounds insane, but I think you’ll understand if you’ve read the novel). More thoughts here.
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
Weird but lovable, My Year of Rest and Relaxation surprised me in the best way possible, and added ALL of Moshfegh’s work to my to-read pile. More thoughts here.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
I love a good multi-generational saga, and Pachinko did not disappoint. Not only did I fall in love with the characters, but I fell in love with Min Jin Lee, her writing, and her culture. More thoughts here.
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Meg Wolitzer makes another appearance on my yearly favorites list, this time with The Female Persuasion. It’s a smart read without being overly prosaic, and I whipped right through it, desperate to reach the conclusion to Greer’s tale. More thoughts here.
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
I absolutely inhaled Conversations with Friends, Rooney’s addictive debut novel. Just a month after reading it, I’m already longing to return to its pages. More thoughts here.
(1) Self-Portrait With Boy by Rachel Lyon for its haunting portrayal of a young artist caught between friendship and fame; (2) The Ensemble by Aja Gabel for its memorable cast of characters and gripping, musical prose.
Here’s to another great reading year!