Even though 2018 isn’t officially over, I wanted to take the time to do a quick round up of all of the five star reads I’ve come across this year. Most of these have been previously reviewed here (as shown with a link), and if they haven’t, the review will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.
BTW, there are more than 10 here. In no particular order, they are:
- American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment – Shane Bauer
- The Circuit – Francisco Jimenez
- We the Animals – Justin Torres
- In My Father’s House: A New View of How Crime Runs in the Family – Fox Butterfield
- What Girls Are Made Of – Elana K. Arnold
- Any Man – Amber Tamblyn
- The End of Eddy – Edouard Louis
- A Lucky Man – Jamel Brinkley
- My Year of Rest and Relaxation – Ottessa Moshfegh
- Heavy: An American Memoir – Kiese Laymon
- Brother – David Chariandy
- Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? – Kathleen Collins
- Illegal – Eoin Colfer
Alright, alright…we’re halfway through 2018. I set my yearly reading goal at 140 books back in January, right now I’m at 86. Here are the best books I’ve read this year so far, in no particular order:
- Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson – Beautiful autobiographical novel written in verse about the coming of age of a Black girl in the 1960’s and 70’s.
- Calling My Name, Liara Tamani – Set in the 90’s, this is a beautiful fiction book about the coming of age of a Black girl growing up in Texas.
- Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi – This book is a bit of a shape-shifter. To say it’s about identity or mental health is to deny its true power, so I’ll say it’s about certain subjects that are so thought-provoking it defies explanation. Let that sit for a minute.
- Sometimes I Lie, Alice Feeney – Pleasantly surprised by this one. Suspenseful, engaging, and full of drama. Loved this!
- Where the Dead Sit Talking, Brandon Hobson – “Quiet” kinda book that packs a helluva punch about the dysfunctional life of an adopted Native American teen in 1980’s Oklahoma.
- Heads of the Colored People, Nafissa Thompson-Spires – First collection of short stories this year that I actually liked. This is definitely one to read.
- Monday’s Not Coming, Tiffany D. Jackson – Another recent read that manages to be hopeful, frightening, and inspiring all rolled into one. Great book.
- Convenient Store Woman, Sayaka Murata – I was recently blown away by this one. This writer is definitely one to watch!
- Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? – Kathleen Collins – Kathleen Collins was a Black playwright, filmmaker, and writer who died of cancer in 1988. Several years ago, her daughter gathered many of her still-unpublished writings and issued them in this volume. The stories in this book are definitely revelatory and quite profound–the reason you haven’t seen a review for this on here is because I still just don’t have words for it yet. I read this back in March and it is extremely good. Definitely check it out!
- The Best We Could Do, Thi Bui – Another recent read that completely blew me away with its beautiful drawings and message.