6 Favorite reads this year (so Far)

Now that we're halfway through the year, I wanted to share my 6 favorite reads so far. Each of these came to me at a moment when I needed a good story and they have all stuck with me afterward. I've been recommending these books left and right, and imagine I will continue to do so for a long time.

  1. Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason. A dark and funny look at the inner workings of a female mind. This one is Sally Rooney for the 30- and 40-somethings.

  2. Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead. A sweeping novel that explores female ambition. This one has an ensemble of characters that you will become very attached to.

  3. The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans. This collection of stories is thoroughly modern, nuanced, and relevant. I look forward to reading more from Evans.

  4. Monogamy by Sue Miller. An observant, emotional, and wonderful portrait of a marriage. Bonus points because the main couple is a bookstore owner and photographer, which added to the depth of character for me. Fans of Ann Patchett will surely like this one.

  5. The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton. A fictional oral history of the fickle 1970's music industry. This one looks at how our society rewards white men and punishes Black women.

  6. No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood. Equal parts commentary on the state of the modern internet and a family drama. This one made me want to get off the internet entirely. One of the joys of Lockwood is how absolutely hilarious she is, in the most intelligent way.

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