It's already December and I have NOT read all the books I planned to read this year!
Because of that, I'm putting together this list of 4 books I must read this month, as well as 3 backups in case I get through the first 4 very quickly!
1. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
I went and bought this book after seeing a description of it by @hikaymm back in October, but I haven't picked it up yet! I'm transitioning through friendship stages with my friends right now, so I think a book following those changes might be really different, though reviews make this out to be a love story as well as a story of friendship? I love Meg Wolitizers writing, so we'll see what comes about form this book!
2. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
I've wanted to read this book since it was first announced, but then became more weary after the controversy of Lena Dunham's descriptions of some activities with her sister made me weary, but I want to judge the writing, and the book, for myself! This one has been ordered, so we'll see what I think after I complete it. Has anyone read it yet? I'm really curious as to what others thing!
3. Graduates in Wonderland by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale
I also found this one thanks to @hikaymm! To quote her card, this book follows: "Jessica and Rachel keep a close correspondence as they figure things out after college. Jessica moves to China on a whim while Rachel tries out New York." I've been making a lot of decisions about whether or not to go to graduate school after college, or to look for work, or do some traveling lately, and I think that reading other peoples experiences, even if they're not looking to directly advise me, is a great way to have some new thoughts on that subject. Maybe @csgeek will like this one too!
4. Skylight by José Saramago
Saramago is an incredibly famous writer, but his first full novel (Skylight) was never published. Why? Because it was rejected and sat into a "no" pile for years and years. When it resurfaced, Saramago said he didn't want it published during his lifetime. And so, we now have Skylight! It's not exactly new, but I really love the idea of a work from the 1950s just now reaching the public's eyes. It hasn't been touched or changed, just translated, so it will be interesting to try to see how the worldview from a different time and place feels in this work. The book is an energetic and wry portrait of the inhabitants of one Lisbon apartment building in the mid-20th Century.
1. California by Edan Lepucki
2. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
3. History of Cold Seasons by Joshua Harmon
If you have any other suggestions for books I must read ASAP, or you have plans to read (or have read!) any of these books, let me know in the comments :)