book love // 01

book recommendations, dw draws

At the beginning of the year, I signed up for a Goodreads reading challenge. I consider myself a prolific reader, so I committed to reading thirty books this year. And I was pretty stunned when I learned halfway through the year that I was already five books behind schedule.

I think, to some extent, my mental image of myself is stuck in my teenage years, when I could easily read one or two novels a week. Somehow over the past few years, reading has drifted away from my daily routine. I really want to read more, so I'm gearing back up to try to complete the challenge.

These are my favorite books so far this year, and I would love any recommendations you have for the rest of my reading challenge!

01. AMERICANAH, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

I had never heard of this author before my brother and sister in law gave us this book, to which I owe them for introducing me to an amazing book and new author. Despite being pretty heavy (literally and figuratively), I devoured this book. I recommend this one both for the wonderful storytelling and its fascinating handling of issues of race in America.

02. WONDER, R. J. Palacio.

This book is a bit different than the others on my list because it's not an adult novel. . . or even a young adult novel. It's designed for the middle grades, and beautifully and thoughtfully handles the story of Auggie, a 10-year-old boy with significant facial deformities learning to navigate middle school with grace and humor.

Of these four books, this is the one that had me laughing out loud (and I was listening to this as an audiobook while riding public transportation -- my apologies fellow travelers!) and tearing up.

03. THE CUCKOO'S CALLING, Robert Galbraith.

Let's call this what is is: a fantastic murder mystery detective novel by J. K. Rowling. Some people have said they noticed a similar writing style to the Harry Potter books, but the similarity I saw was how sucked in I became. It's a quick read and very fun.

04. THE ROUND HOUSE, Louise Erdrich.

This book absolutely enthralled me me. It has a very fast moving plot -- to some extent it's a mystery novel -- but the way it handled the topic of Native American reservation politics and legal issues, all told from the point of view of a young boy, was just fascinating and heartbreaking. I definitely hope to read more of Erdrich's books!

Oh, and do any of you have a Kindle? What are your thoughts on it? I've been firmly a paper-and-ink girl until now, but I'm toying with the idea of getting one to more easily read while traveling and on the go. Would love to hear your thoughts on them!

I hope everyone's enjoying the long weekend!

xo Diana

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