Kimmery's Monthly Reading Lists

June 5, 2019

 

 

Note: I read plenty of books I don't wind up reviewing, and sometimes I even remember to keep track of them. If I loved a book so much I can't stand it, I'll mark it with asterisks. Please feel free to make suggestions!

 

 

 

July 2019:

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler (contemporary fiction); Bunny by Mona Awad (literary fiction); How Could She? by Lauren Mechling (women's fiction); The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (literary fiction); Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World's Riskiest Business by Matt Lee & Ted Lee (nonfiction); The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution by Susan Hockfield (science nonfiction).​

 

June 2019:

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (women's fiction); Tidelands by Phillipa Gregory (historical fiction); One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus (Young Adult); Recursion by Blake Crouch (science fiction); We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter (historical fiction); Solo by Kwame Alexander (Young Adult/Poetry); City of Windows by Robert Pobi (Thriller); Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton (speculative fiction).

 

May 2019:

Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss by Rajeev Balasubramanyam (contemporary fiction); Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan (science fiction); The State Of Bourbon: Exploring the Spirit of Kentucky by Cameron M Ludwick & Blair Thomas Hess (nonfiction/travel); The Misfortune of Marian Palm (contemporary fiction); Southernmost by Silas House (southern/literary fiction); Bliss House by Laura Benedict (horror/thriller); For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt (suspense); The Unicorn Quest by Kamilla Benko (children's literature).

 

April 2019:

The Secret Wife by Gill Paul (historical fiction); The Rose by Tiffany Reisz (fantasy erotica); Less* by Sean Andrew Greer (literary fiction); The Punch by Noah Hawley (contemporary fiction); The Nine by Jeanne Blasberg (contemporary fiction); The Shimmigrant by Marji Marj (African American Literaure); This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are by Melody Warnick (nonfiction/sociology).

 

March 2019:

The Wangs Vs the World by Jade Chan (literary fiction); My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (contemporary/international fiction); Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton (literary thriller); The Next Time You See Me: A Novel, by Holly Goddard Jones; Looker by Laura Sims; The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry (thriller); South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby (contemporary fiction)

 

February 2019:

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh (literary fiction); Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap ​by Judy Goldman (Memoir); The Secret To Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey (women's fiction); All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way by Patrice Gopo (Essays); The Atlas of Reds and Blues: A Novel by Devi Laskar (women's fiction)

 

​January 2019:

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh (literary fiction); Because You're Mine by Rea Frey (women's fiction/suspense); The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin (contemporary fiction); When You Find Me by PJ Vernon (suspense)

 

December 2018:

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson (thriller); My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing (suspense); 1000 Books To Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List by James Mustich (bibliography); Listen to Me by Hannah Pittard (contemporary fiction)

 

November 2018:

Match Made in Manhattan by Amanda Stauffer (women's fiction); The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis (political science); Becoming by Michelle Obama (autobiography); Nightwolf by Willie Davis (literary fiction)

 

October 2018:

The Witch Elm by Tana French (literary suspense); You: A Novel by Caroline Kepnes (psychological thriller); The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel by Mary Robinette Kowal (Science Fiction); The DNA of You and Me by Andrea Rothman (women's fiction); Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell (thriller); Hindsight: Coming Of Age On The Streets of Hollywood by Sheryl Recinos, M.D. (memoir)

 

September 2018:

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (Women's Fiction/Suspense); Planetside by Michael Mammay (Science Fiction/Military Thriller); The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain (Women's Fiction); Fear: Trump In The White House by Bob Woodward (Political Nonfiction); The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang (Historical Mystery).

 

August 2018:

The Elephant In The Room: One Fat Man's Quest to get Smaller In A Growing America by Tommy Tomlinson (memoir); I'd Rather be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel (Essays); The Widow of Wall Street by Randy Susan Meyers (Women's Fiction).

 

July 2018:

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes by Adam Rutherford and Siddhartha Mukherjee (nonfiction/genetics/history); Rush by Laura Patton (women's fiction); The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen (contemporary fiction); Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (classic fiction); This Could Hurt by Jillian Medoff (contemporary fiction); Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner (fantasy); Girls Night Out by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke (women's fiction).

 

June 2018:

How Hard Can It Be? by Alison Pearson (women's fiction); Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine** by Gail Honeyman (contemporary fiction); Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney (literary fiction); Vox by Christina Dalcher (dystopian fiction); Under My Skin by Lisa Unger (suspense); The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (suspense); The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton (thriller); Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey (suspense); 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari (nonfiction); The Similars by Rebecca Hanover (Young Adult).

 

May 2018:

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (literary fiction); The Ones We Choose by Julie Clark (Women's Fiction); The Possible World by Liese O'Halloran Schwartz (Women's Fiction); Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce (Historical Fiction); Rock Paper Scissors: Scenes From A Charmed Divorce by Cathia Leonard Friou (Memoir/Essays); Red Hot Mama: The Life of Sophie Tucker by Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff (Biography); Tangerine by Christine Mangan (Suspense); What The Future Looks Like: Scientists Predict the Next Great Discoveries and Reveal How Today's Breakthroughs Are Already Shaping Our World by Jim Al-Khalili (Science/Tech)

 

April 2018:

Educated by Tara Westover (literary memoir); The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith (YA); A Dangerous Woman: American Beauty, Noted Philanthropist, Nazi Collaborator--The Life of Florence Gould by Susan Ronald (biography); Fantsyland: How America Went Haywire by Kurt Andersen (History)

 

March 2018:

The Flight Attendant (contemporary fiction/suspense) by Chris Bohjalian; From Unseen Fire (fantasy/historical fiction) by Cass Morris; The Diminished (YA Fantasy) by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson; Girlish: Growing Up In A Lesbian Home (memoir) by Lara Lillibridge

 

February 2018:

Ready Player One** by Ernest Cline (technothriller); Red Clocks by Leni Zumas (literary fiction); The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani (contemporary fiction); Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers by Sara Ackerman (historical fiction); Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood (historical fiction)

 

January 2018:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (YA); Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari (Nonfiction History/Technology); As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner (historical/women's fiction); Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown (historical/women's fiction); They More They Disappear by Jesse Donaldson (contemporary/Kentucky fiction)

 

December 2017:

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis (Cognitive Psychology); Righteous by Joe Ides (detective novel); Indecent by Corrine Sullivan (Women's Fiction)

 

November 2017:

IQ by Joe Ides (detective novel); Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (YA); Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (historical literary fiction)

 

October 2017:

He's Gone: A Novel by Deb Caletti (women's fiction/suspense); The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlin (historical fiction); Origin by Dan Brown (thriller); We Were Strangers Once by Betsy Carter (historical fiction).

 

September 2017:

A Little Life** by Hanya Yanagihara (literary fiction); The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross (nonfiction/technology); The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (women's fiction); Admission** by Jean Hanff Korelitz (literary fiction); Feast of Sorrow* by Crystal King (historical fiction)

 

August 2017: 

The Genesis Code** by John Case Thriller); The Locals by Jonathan Dee (contemporary fiction); Hanna Who Fell from the Sky by Christopher Meades (contemporary fiction); Ghosting by Dan Lee Rogers (techothriller); Behind Her Eyes* by Sarah Pinborough (psychological thriller)

 

July 2017:

My Doctor and Me ABC by Stephanie Cox (children's book); Sourdough by Robin Sloan (contemporary fiction); My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent (literary fiction); Killer Choice by Tom Hunt (Thriller); The Child Finder by Rene Denfield (Psychological Suspense); Secret Sisters by Joy Callaway (Historical Women's Fiction); The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore (nonfiction); Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford (Historical Fiction); The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlin (Historical Women's Fiction); The End of the World Running Club by Adrian J. Walker (Dystopian Thriller)

 

June 2017:

The Salt Line** by Holly Goddard Jones (dystopian thriller); The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond (thriller); Autonomous by Annalee Newitz (science fiction); The Quantum Spy (spy novel) by David Ignatius; The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (thriller); An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (contemporary fiction); The Trespasser by Tana French (mystery); Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (contemporary/women's fiction); The Salt House** by Lisa Duffy (contemporary/women's fiction).

 

May 2017:

How To Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman (suspense); The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke (suspense/women's fiction); Eden by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg (women's fiction); Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living by Manjula Martin (essays)

 

April 2017:

The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional (narrative nonfiction) by Agustin Fuentes; Everyone Brave is Forgiven** by Chris Cleave (historical/literary fiction); We, the Drowned** by Carsten Jensen (historical/literary fiction); The Wonder by Emma Donoghue (historical/literary fiction); The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn (chick lit); Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (narrative nonfiction) by Jared Diamond

 

March 2017:

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles (historical fiction); All Our Wrong Todays** by Elan Mastai (science fiction); The Wife by Meg Wolitzer (mainstream fiction); The Ax by Donald Westlake (thriller/ mainstream fiction); The Widow by Fiona Barton (mystery/thriller); Casualties by Elizabeth Marro (mainstream fiction); They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement (narrative nonfiction) by Wesley Lowery

 

February 2017:

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens (psychological thriller); Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Meija (psychological thriller); The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith (young adult)

 

January 2017:

The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth (mainstream/women's fiction); The Information by Martin Amis (literary fiction); Fireworks and Fertility by Mayce Lavinder Maher (mainstream/women's fiction); Extraordinary Adventures by Daniel Wallace (mainstream fiction); The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable (women's fiction.)

 

December 2016: 

Blowing My Cover: My Life As a CIA Spy by Lindsay Moran (memoir); The Sellout** by Paul Beatty (literary fiction); I'll Give You the Sun** by Jandy Nelson (young adult); The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty by Amanda Filipacchi (mainstream fiction); 102 Minutes: The Unforgettable Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers**; by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn (narrative nonfiction).

 

November 2016:

We Could Be Beautiful by Swan Huntley (mainstream fiction); The Red Bandana by Tom Rinaldi (biography/narrative nonfiction); The Regulars by Georgia Clark (chick lit); The Circle by Dave Eggers (mainstream fiction); Hatchet** by Gary Paulsen (children's fiction); If You're Lucky by Yvonne Prinz (young adult); Extraordinary People by Peter May (mystery/thriller); Mercury by Margot Livesay (mainstream fiction); Devil Sent the Rain by Lisa Turner (mystery/thriller); Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam (maninstream/ women's fiction); Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard (history/biography); Fractured by Catherine MacKenzie (mystery/thriller).

 

 

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