We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie // A short essay on what it means to be a feminist. I loved this so much that I went and put everything else by her on hold at the library. I love how she puts emphasis on how we should raise children now to break through the normal gender stereotypes. I strive every day to make sure I’m raising Sheffield to know that everyone is equal — and that it’s cool to play with dolls if you want to.
The Expats – Chris Pavone // I just picked this book randomly out of the available books at the library while I’m on the waiting list for a thousand hours – and I loved it. This book proves that everyone is always hiding a secret – sometimes a big one – and not everyone is always what they seem. CIA, FBI, trying to absolve yourself from past mistakes, always looking over your shoulder – just so good you guys.
Vinegar Girl – Anne Tyler // I liked this one ok. I used it as a pool read since it was a hardback that I had gotten from Nadine. I’ve never read Taming of the Shrew, so I kept comparing it to 10 Things I Hate About You. I saw the main comparisons, but I would have much rather watched that movie than read this book. Passed the time just fine though – but I wish the main character, Kate, would have had a little more “bite” to her.
Do Not Become Alarmed – Maile Meloy // I was really excited for this one, since I’d heard such good things about it, but again, it just seemed to fall flat. I was expecting too much, I guess – I had hyped it too much in my head, so my fault. It read super fast, and I really wanted to know what happened, but I feel like they left a whole part of the story open with the character George.
Born a Crime – Trevor Noah // Holy shit you guys. I had no idea. NO IDEA. I love when a book truly enlightens me. I knew next to nothing about apartheid and the ramifications or really anything about South Africa. I LOVE Trevor Noah – love him, and now I love him even more. And you guys – this passage from the book:
I don’t regret anything I’ve ever done in life, any choice that I’ve made. But I’m consumed with regret for the things I didn’t do, the choices I didn’t make, the things I didn’t say. We spend so much time being afraid of failure, afraid of rejection. But regret is the thing we should fear most. Failure is an answer. Rejection is an answer. Regret is an eternal question you will never have the answer to. “What if…” “If only…” “I wonder what would have…” you will never, never know, and it will haunt you for the rest of your days.
Almost Sisters – Joshilyn Jackson // I love everything this woman writes. She almost always sets her books in Alabama, so I can generally get a good feel of the setting. The parts with the comic book heroes kind of threw me off (I’m not generally into comics) – but the main story was so engrossing and engaging, and I loved every minute of it. I also fell in love with one of the quotes from this book: “next happens anyway and always.” If you’ve read her stuff before and loved it, definitely pick this one up, too.
The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware // Proof that I shouldn’t stray too far from my preferred genre of books. I loved this book and devoured it in less than 48 hours. I usually try not to figure out a book on my own, so when I just let this one surprise me, it was awesome! Not that I think I could have figured it out anyway, because I loved how it ended and everything about it. If you’re into the mystery, definitely check this one out.
Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult // Holy amazingness. I ate every bit of this book up. I loved it from the three completely different perspectives, and I felt like she did the subject justice. The ending was perfect. This book was perfect. I’m so glad that I finally stopped re-putting it on my wait list and just read it.