Sunday, January 7, 2018

2018 Reading List

One of my 2018 goals is to read more books.  I love to curl up with a good book before bedtime and get in a half hour or so.  So what is in store for 2018 and what books might I recommend if you are looking for a new read.......

1) Where'd You Go Bernadette 
 This one will be in theatres this May, with Cate Blanchette in the starring role.  Enough said!

 You don't have to know Seattle to get Maria Semple's broadly satirical novel.... Underlying the nontraditional narrative are insights into the cost of thwarted creativity and the power of mother-daughter bonds, although a reader may be having too much fun to notice."―O, The Oprah Magazine

A novel about a couple in Amsterdam who share a dark secret.  
Now a major motion picture starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall, and Chloë Sevigny

"A European Gone Girl." —The Wall Street Journal

I started this book a few months ago and it was put on the back burner when I started reading Bunny Mellon.  Very cute book, not literary fiction, but it's a charming read based in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Wonderfully tender and hilariously funny, Eligible tackles gender, class, courtship, and family as Curtis Sittenfeld reaffirms herself as one of the most dazzling authors writing today.

 4) The Nest
I have not read this one yet either but it looks worth adding to the list.

A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.

My sister has read this one and raved about it. It's on my ever growing stack beside my bed.

In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph--a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

I picked this one up at a used bookstore a few months ago and started reading it.  Biographies are always good reads, especially writers.  

I also adore reading classics and if you've not read Truman Capote's masterpiece, you definitely should.

Voted one of the best books of 2017, one of the funniest novels of the year, about a writer who starts accepting his invitations. Each chapter takes place in a different country, a different invitation.  Sound witty and brilliant.  Movie?  I betcha!

Another "best of 2017" on many lists, including NPR. This is the story of three half-siblings separated by adoption who find one another in their teens and how that reunion affects their families.  Read, high Kleenex content.  Winner of the National Book Award.

Another book that found its way on to many "Best" lists in 2017. This is the story of a single, childless, art school dropout working in advertising, who avoids her family, her promotions - sound familiar?  Clever, funny and sometimes cringe-inducing, this is a referendum on a culture in which being a narcissist is more acceptable than being a single working woman. 

Reading yet?  It's a good day to curl up and read.  Enjoy your Sunday!

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