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Read in 2015
The One And Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The Sweetheart Deal by Polly Dugan
Couple Mechanics by Nelly Alard
Early Warning by Jane Smiley
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Running Out Of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix
All The Happiness You Deserve by Michael Piafsky
Small Mercies by Eddie Joyce
A Tender Struggle by Krista Bremer
Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Holes by Louis Sachar
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Single, Carefree, Mellow by Katherine Heiny
Her by Harriet Lane
Graduates in Wonderland by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale
Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang
The Children Act by Ian McEwan
Rare Bird by Anna Whiston-Donaldson
- Disappearing Kids in Fiction
- THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate
- THE SWEETHEART DEAL by Polly Dugan
- Summer Reading: A Crowdsourced Recommendation List
- COUPLE MECHANICS by Nelly Alard
- Books About Disappearing Kids
- EARLY WARNING by Jane Smiley
- BEA 2015
- ESPERANZA RISING by Pam Munoz Ryan
- THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP by Marie Kondo
- RUNNING OUT OF TIME by Margaret Peterson Haddix
- ALL THE HAPPINESS YOU DESERVE by Michael Piafsky
- SMALL MERCIES by Eddie Joyce
- A TENDER STRUGGLE by Krista Bremer
- HAUSFRAU by Jill Alexander Essbaum
- STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel
- Introducing… Readerly Magazine
- HOLES by Louis Sachar
- EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng
- GIRL ON THE TRAIN Audiobook Giveaway
Category Archives: General
Summer is already a few weeks in, so I am a little behind, but here is a list of summer reading suggestions collected from my Facebook friends and people who follow the EDIWTB Facebook page. There’s a mix of fiction and non-fiction, new and not-as-new, and even some YA and poetry thrown in. Wherever I’ve read the book that was recommended, I’ve linked to my review too.
Enjoy, and happy summer reading!
All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
The Circle, Dave Eggars
Attachments, Rainbow Rowell
A God In Ruins, Kate Atkinson
Elena Ferrante’s Naples series, starting with My Brilliant Friend
The Sound Of Glass, Karen White
The House of Hawthorne, Erika Robuck
Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
The Shore, Sara Taylor
The Collected Stories, Breece D’J Pancake
The Sunlit Night, Rebecca Dinerstein
Movie Star By Lizzie Pepper, Hilary Liftin (on sale 7/21)
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, Becky Albertalli
The Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry, Gabrielle Zevin
The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
The Narrow Road To The Deep North, Richard Flanagan
Euphoria, Lily King
The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey
Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Fourth Of July Creek, Smith Henderson
Beach Town, Mary Kay Andrews
Summer Secrets, Jane Green
The Daddy Diaries, Joshua Braff
The Cake Therapist, Judith Fertig
Girl Of My Dreams, Peter Davis
The Secret Of Magic, Deborah Johnson
A Court Of Thorns And Roses, Sarah Maas
Star Craving Mad, Elise Miller (out 8/4)
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing Of The Lusitania, Erik Larson
All The Truth Is Out, Matt Bai
Paper Love: Searching For The Girl My Grandfather Left Behind: Sarah Wildman – non-fiction
The Wright Brothers, David McCullough
Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip, Peter Hessler
The Three-Day Promise, Donald Chung
I’ll Give You The Sun, Jandy Nelson
The Stellow Project – Shari Becker
One Thing Stolen, Beth Kephart
The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, Jeannine Hall Gailey
Ohio Violence, Alison Stine
Banned For Life, Arlene Ang
Vessel, Parneshia Jones
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Peyton Place, Grace Metalious
The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury
The Age Of Innocence, Edith Wharton
I went to BEA last week, which is always an opportunity for me to re-connect with the book blogging world and get all excited about books again. Reading has fallen way down my priority list the last few months, pushed down by family stuff, Nats baseball, bad reality TV, and work (not necessarily in that order). But once again I’ve returned from NY recommitted to reading and to my blog.
I also have tons of books coming en route from NY. I picked up a bunch of ARCs, some signed books that I am excited about, and lots of stuff for my kids. I’ll post some pictures once the books arrive. I also went to some interesting panels, like Hot Fall Fiction, Editor’s Picks: Literary Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction Buzz Books, and more. There is a lot of exciting fiction coming out this year.
One great event I went to was a publicist speed dating session. I sat a table with a number of other bloggers/book people and every ten minutes, a new publicist would appear and tell us about 6 or so new titles. Pretty cool. Got a lot of promising books out of that one too.
I also went to the annual audiobook narrator/blogger meetup, which is one of my favorite parts of BEA. I LOVE talking to narrators about audiobooks and the process that goes into making them. Such a cool group of people.
As far as reading goes, I finally finished the second Jane Smiley installment in her new trilogy – Early Warning. I will review it this week. I’ve started the new Judy Blume novel In The Unlikely Event on audio, and picked up a new BEA book last night. So, I’m back!
Here are some pics of the middle grade and kids’ authors I met at BEA, which I took for my kids.
Wendy Mass and her husband Michael Brawer:
For the last few years, I have worked on a publication called Bloggers Recommend. I manage its Facebook page and have written a number of reviews of new releases and audiobooks over the years.
Bloggers Recommend has just been rebranded as Readerly Magazine. Readerly is a “thrice-monthly email magazine featuring articles, interviews, and new release book picks from a community of dedicated readers”. In other words, it’s a magazine about books by people who love them.
Please give Readerly a look and subscribe if you’d like more book-related news in your inbox every month!
Also, I have an article in the current issue of Readerly about Three Depressing Books That Are Totally Worth It. Click through to see what they are…
Congrats to the winner of the audiobook of Girl on the Train – Lauren Thomson! (She’s also known as the person who designed this blog.) Enjoy!
So this is kind of depressing: I just re-read my Reading Year in Review post for 2013, and it’s pretty much exactly what I was going to write this year. I didn’t read as many books as I wanted to, and I didn’t love a lot of the books I did read. Same thing, different year. Last year, I said that “wasn’t blown away by a lot of what I read”, and resolved to be more selective this year. I think I was pretty selective this year, but I still didn’t love a lot of the books I chose. As I said last year, I think I am too picky, or grumpy, or both.
Last year, I read 49 books, which I was bummed about because I wanted to hit 50. In 2014, I fell short again. November and December were particularly slow for me, due to being really busy and getting mired in The Art of Fielding. I managed to get to 48 books, which is one shy of last year. 2015: I will reach 52! A book a week!
Here are my standout reads from 2014:
- The Blessings, Elise Juska
- Dept. of Speculation, Jenny Offill
- Redeployment, Phil Klay
- Unremarried Widow, Artis Henderson
- The Perfect Score Project, Debbie Stier
- One Plus One, Jojo Moyes
- Some Luck, Jane Smiley
Best audiobooks were Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris (read by the author) and The Blessings by Elise Juska (read by Therese Plummer).
Most creative read goes to One More Thing by BJ Novak.
For the last three years, I have tracked the Depressing Themes of the books I read, and the lists have been impressive. Here are the depressing subjects covered by the books I read in 2014: infertility, loss of a child (three times), giving up a child for adoption (twice), agoraphobia, infidelity, loss of a spouse in Iraq, being a widower, latchkey childhood, Japanese internment, PTSD, untimely death of a spouse, grief in general, abusive parents, arson (twice!), Brooklyn parenting, Iraq war casualties, dystopia, Holocaust reparations, loss of a parent, Puritanism, cerebral palsy, death from AIDS, suicide. That was actually a lighter year than 2013…
- 43 fiction, 5 non-fiction
- 8 repeat authors during 2014: Maria Semple, Maggie Shipstead, Ann Hood, Sarah Pekkanen, Sue Miller, Joshua Ferris, Jojo Moyes, Jane Smiley
- 16 audiobooks
- 11 male authors, 37 female authors
How was your 2014 in reading? What were the highlights?