My reading year (so far)

Books read from Feb to July 2015

I haven’t done a monthly book review run-down since January, you guys! Oof. While I have been reading quite a bit (in fits and starts, mostly, but it’s added up), I stopped jotting down quick reviews on Goodreads when I finished a book, so that’s meant no reviews here either. Instead of an epic post recapping all 25 books I’ve read since January, how about a quick list of my favourites so far?

Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
I found this book every bit as absorbing as everyone said it is. I mean who doesn’t love a good post-apocalyptic tale?

All My Puny Sorrows, Miriam Toews
This book is brilliant and devastating and just superb. It might have supplanted A Complicated Kindness as my favourite Toews.

Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng
For some reason, this felt like the novel version of Serial, season 1. I mean, there are obvious parallels in the storylines but something about the way Ng built the tension in such an engaging way reminded me of Sarah Koenig’s storytelling. Anyway, tenuous comparisons aside, this was a really well-written story.

My Salinger Year, Joanna Rakoff
Such a delightful memoir about Rakoff’s first job — as an assistant in a New York publishing house that just happens to be J.D. Salinger’s publisher. So, so good.

Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit
This might be My Rebecca Solnit Year. No, I don’t work for her publisher. But I have read three of her books in 5 months and I’ve loved every one of them (the others: The Faraway Nearby and A Field Guide to Getting Lost).

Bad Feminist: Essays, Roxane Gay
I don’t quite know how to explain it but the first time I picked up this book, I got about 10 pages in and abandoned it. I have no idea why. The second time, I practically devoured it. Roxane Gay is one of my favourite feminists. (Everyone has favourite feminists, right?)