I was struggling to come up with something for today’s post, and then I realized that it’s time for my quarterly favorites again! I like doing these posts – it’s fun to look back on what I read in a particular season, and I read some pretty great books in the last three months.
Click the links below to see my monthly wrap up for each of the months included in this favorites post. Any reviews I’ve done for these books are also linked.
- The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. This is such a brilliant book. It’s very literary and subtle, but definitely packs a punch (I may or may not have cried within the first hundred pages). It’s just a really beautiful and creative story and I loved it.
- This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay. This was my first read of 2018 and it is still one of my favorites. I actually work in medical education, so I got a lot out of this. Plus, it’s really well-written and absolutely hilarious. Do not read if you are squeamish, though. There are a few fairly graphic scenes.
- Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi. This book is unlike anything else I’ve ever read, and it was amazing. I am still kind of in awe of how raw it felt. If you’re a fan of weird literary fiction or want to read more diverse adult literature, I can’t recommend this one enough.
- Circe by Madeline Miller. I started this book the second I got my hands on it and I am so glad I did. This was one of those rare books I really felt like I had to slow down and savor (usually I fly through books I enjoy). It was beautifully written, and I always like anything to do with mythology, so this wasn’t hard to love. (I’ll have a review up a bit closer to it’s release date.)
- Educated by Tara Westover. This is a memoir about a girl who grew up with no schools or doctors and ended up getting her PhD from Cambridge University. It is a wonderful memoir – akin to The Glass Castle – and I had such a hard time putting it down. If you’re into memoirs, this is a must-read.
- The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller. I picked this up based on a two-word description: feminist and easy. And it was definitely both. I was pleasantly surprised at how feminism and women are portrayed in a book that is both written by a man and has a male main character. I had so much fun reading this, and the wonderful message made me really happy, so it was definitely a win!
That’s it for my winter favorites! I did read a lot of other really great books, so a few honorable mentions you should definitely check out: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory, Iron Gold by Pierce Brown, Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, and The Stowaway by Laurie Gwen Shapiro.
What was the best book you read this winter?