Dang, it's been a looooooong time since I posted about what I've been reading. And let me tell you, I've been reading some remarkable books. These five are stand-outs to me. Books I devoured and can't get out of my brain. Books I want you to love as well. (And it just so happens to be World Book Day - what a perfect day!)
I'm not going to summarize the books, but share my thoughts on them instead. If you'd like a summary, click on the book!
1. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
This book is ... perfect. A fictional account of a real event, the last execution in Iceland, Burial Rites is atmospheric and bleak and made me feel like I was actually in Iceland. Hannah Kent's writing is haunting and lyrical. She made me feel so much sympathy for Agnes, our main character, a convicted murderer. The other characters are wonderful as well. So are the descriptions of everything and wow, guys, I'm in love with this book. I've been recommending this book to everyone. If you read any book on this list, pick this one.
2. No One Belongs Here More Than You. Stories by Miranda July
Initially drawn in by the bright yellow cover, this book's insides lived up to its outside. However, I wouldn't classify its insides as yellow, but instead more of a deep maroon. The stories in this collection are weird. They aren't related in any way, as far as I can tell, but it still feels like a succinct, complete book. If you haven't read a book of short stories before, I wouldn't start here, but if you're a seasoned vet, definitely pick this one up. If nothing else, it looks great in an Instagram photo. ;)
3. 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith is quickly becoming one of my favorite YA authors. I adore his book Winger, so I picked this one up. Finn, arguably one of the strangest protagonists in YA contemporary, is hard not to love. He feels as though he's trapped inside his father's best-selling novel whose main character is also called Finn. He has some problems because horse fell from the sky and landed on him. And he sees the world in miles instead of minutes. This book is a hard one to explain, but worth it to read.
4. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
AHHHHHH! I've said it before and I'll say it again, Victoria Schwab is a wordsmith princess. I'm not a huge fan of fantasy unless it's written by J.K. Rowling ... and now, V.E. Schwab. (Maybe it's the anagramed name thing?) Schwab creates not only two amazing characters, Kell and Lila, but also paints the worlds of FOUR different Londons. I flew through all 400 pages of this book, eager with each new chapter to see what would happen next. Schwab's writing is so captivating. You won't want to put this one down.
5. Wild: From Lost to Found of the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Ok, truthfully, I'm only half way through this book, but I can already tell it's going to be a new favorite. My mom tried to get me to read this book for ages, but it wasn't until we saw the movie together that I knew I had made a mistake in not reading it when she recommended it. I don't read nonfiction often, so when I do, I make sure it's something I'm interested in. This book has made me want to hike the PCT so badly. Reading the mix of Strayed's descriptions of her time on the trail and flashbacks to before the trail is a thrill ride. I can't wait to finish this book.
What have you been reading lately? I love recommendations!