I'm calling it right now: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn is going to be one of my favorite books for 2018.
I'm mixing things up this week with a double review of Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Although an unlikely pair, these books are most powerful when read together.
When they're kids, the four Gold siblings visit a psychic together, and she tells them the exact day they're going to die. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin then tracks the siblings, showing the impact this knowledge has on their choices and their lives.
I can't tell you how many times I've felt like a bad feminist. Much of what Roxane Gay says in her essay collection Bad Feminist describes emotions and thoughts and experiences that I identify and connect with deeply. And just as Gay finds freedom in identifying as a bad feminist, I find peace in knowing I am not the only person who feels like a bad feminist from time to time.
Hendrik Groen is a resident of a nursing home in Amsterdam where he's surrounded by his aging peers, who are all more than happy to pass their remaining days discussing their various illnesses and ailments. Groen hates this enthusiasm for complaining. "Another year, and I still don't like old people. Their walker shuffle, their unreasonable impatience, their endless complaints, their tea and cookies, their bellyaching," his first diary entry reads.
reordering is really something I should take advantage of more. It's like sending future-you a surprise! Here are my top titles I'll be ordering in advance in 2018.
I'm setting an intention to really make this month about slowing down, taking care of myself and enjoying being cozy. September was a crazy whirlwind of a month, and I definitely need a slower month to balance out. And what better way to do that than with a lovely stack of books?!