At first I wasn’t really sure if I had even read enough this first half of the year to split up the books read, but then I counted, and apparently I do. It’s just my perception that’s weird since I haven’t read much over the last few months (thanks, total life upheaval).
That’s What Makes it Love: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Iris Lim
Read this one before on FF.net (support your authors). What if Darcy became blind as a child – how would that change things?
That Can Be Arranged: A Muslim Love Story by Huda Fahmy
Cute graphic novel about this aspect of Muslim culture. Hilarious (with Austen references, which I obviously appreciated). Really enjoyed this.
Bookish Boyfriends: A Date with Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt
YA. Honestly, I almost quit reading this early on, but decided to stick with it. As an IG friend put it, cute but annoying. That’s about right.
Darcy’s Journey by Abigail Reynolds
Variation set during the 1812 Luddite rebellion/revolution/riots. I sometimes wonder if I like Reynolds or not, and obviously keep reading more of her work trying to decide. Well played, Ms. Reynolds.
A Certain Appeal by Vanessa King
P&P meets Burlesque – fun, modern twist. Gay male Jane; no Charlotte/Collins subplot.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
Self-help book that’s not really self-help – about how to live a creative life. Enjoyed this a lot.
I’m Dreaming of a Wyatt Christmas by Tiffany Schmidt
YA. Not P&P related (fail, Libby app), but still cute. It’s funny to see the difference between YA romance now and from when I was the target demographic …
Atomic Habits – Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear
Mostly the 1% better philosophy. I’m realizing that so many of these books are basically the same. However, it was well laid out and easily explained.
Tiger King: The Official Tell-All Memoir by Joe Exotic
Did I see this at Target and immediately add it to my Libby app? Maybe. A slightly different point of view from Netflix (obviously) – a nice companion if you watched that insanity last year. Entertaining and a super quick read.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
Ashley recommended this. SO GOOD. Great tale about life’s purposes and the journeys we do (or don’t) take. Ended up buying a hard copy.
The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the People’s Temple by Jeff Guinn
Slow going at times, but a heavily fascinating account of Jones and his rise to power from the early days (as well as the account of what happened in Guyana, as well).
Mothers Know Best: A Pride and Prejudice Variation by Iris Lim
Read on FF.net originally. Lady Anne is alive and the Bennets are elevated. Two lady moms matchmake their kids and it deviates from there.
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by Steve Brusatte
Super interesting and NOT BORING as some science books tend to be. Although sad to read about the asteroid. Poor dinosaurs.
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan
Been a few years since I’ve read Pollan, but I still enjoy him. He organizes everything nicely. It also makes me very happy I try to cook a lot of my own stuff. Also inspired me to maybe finally try a sourdough starter. Maybe.
Will by Will Smith with Mark Manson
Timely read after the Oscars slap fiasco – this actually provided some good context. Interesting read, but not my favorite memoir I’ve read.
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
Blair Braverman recommendation (go follow her on Twitter). Basically a transcendentalist Mary Oliver. A bit slower going for me, but still really enjoyable. Nature through the seasons with extra science and philosophy.
Eat a Peach: A Memoir by David Chang with Gabe Villa
Written by the Momofuku founder (and chef – another chef memoir for me). Mixed heritage, food scene, mental health – I understand why this was well received. Glad to have read it.
Hot as Puck by Lili Valentine
Barely PWP. Plot was there solely to facilitate the porn. But because I am a sucker for hockey romance novels …
True Mark by Claudia Hall Christian
OMG how did I have this for so long without reading it? Stupid life. As always in the Alex the Fey series, SO GOOD. Also feels like the series is slowly wrapping up which makes me immensely sad, since I love this world.
Degloved: Every Scar Has a Story by Adelaide Perr
Adelaide is a friend of a few different friends, and I’ve known of this book for a while. I won a giveaway of a copy on Adelaide’s IG so I finally got the chance to read it. It’s the tale of her horrific bike/car wreck and her recovery. And a note: if you got this far in reading all of this, PLEASE watch out for bicycles while you’re out driving. I don’t want her story to become my story. Please.