Hillbilly Elegy – J.D. Vance // I really enjoyed this book. Like really, really. I have gotten on a non-fiction kick this year, and I’m appreciating how much I’m learning. Learning about the family dynamics of a “hillbilly” clan, and what they believe their options are for their escape, or non-escape. Definitely not a book I would normally pick up, but really glad I did.
American War – Omar El Akkad // I really really really loved this book. I read it on recommendation from a friend who hasn’t let me down with book recs in the past. It’s a dystopian novel set in the future during the 2nd American Civil War that starts over the use of fossil fuel. It follows a girl that’s only six when it starts, and follows her through her life – becoming an integral part in the war. So good – definitely worth the read.
Saint Anything – Sarah Dessen // I needed this book after the last heavy one. I always admire YA books for being able to really get into the mindset of teenagers. I remember feeling the exact same way and thinking some of the exact same thing, and it always amazes me how some of these authors can capture it. I really liked this book, and will probably be on the lookout for some more of her books.
The Other Einstein – Marie Benedict // I devoured this book you guys. I’m talking less than 48 hours. It’s a fiction book about Albert Einstein’s first wife – and it just read so fast. This book didn’t paint good ole Einstein in the greatest of light, but again it’s fiction. The author did note that she tried to keep up with the historical accuracy of what she could find between Mitza and Albert, and even mentioned love letters, which I am now incredibly interested in reading. I adored this book, y’all. One of the best I’ve read this year.
A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman // Loved this. Beyond loved this book. More than Beartown. I loved the characters in this book – I loved Ove. I loved the simplicity of the writing – nothing fancy – just storytelling. I highly highly recommend this book.
Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted – Laura Caldwell // OMG, this book, y’all. I heard about it on an NPR program, and I am so glad that I read it. It details different cases where people who were convicted of crime and then exonerated. Some of these people were in jail for decades because of racial profiling, false witness testimony, policy torture – and then exonerated thanks to the Innocence Project and DNA testing. Amazing book – features all sorts of people from all walks. Definitely worth the read.