Kimmery's Monthly Reading Lists
Note: I read plenty of books I don't wind up reviewing, and sometimes I even remember to keep track of them. Some of these books I loved, some I thought were okay, and, occasionally, some I disliked. However, as an author myself, I know literary taste is subjective and so for the most part, I've stopped inflicting on other people any negative opinions I might hold. You may love a book I hate! Please feel free to make suggestions to add to the reading list!
Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead (fiction); The Immortals: The World War II Story of Five Fearless Heroes, the Sinking of the Dorchester, and An Awe-inspiring Rescue by Steven Collis (historical nonfiction); The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy (suspense); The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson (Science/technology)
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (sci-fi); The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearce (thriller); Crash by David Hagberg (thriller); The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins (suspense); Such A Perfect Wife by Kate White (suspense); The Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead (literary fiction); The Devil and Webster by Jean Hanff Korelitz (literary fiction); Morningside Heights by Joshua Henkin (contemporary fiction).
The Premonition by Michael Lewis (nonfiction/sociology); The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz (contemporary fiction); One Two Three by Laurie Frankel (contemporary fiction); Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian (historical fiction); The Survivors by Jane Harper (suspense); What A Happy Family by Saumya Dave (family fiction); The Guncle by Stephen Rowley (contemporary fiction/LGBTQ); The One by John Marrs (contemporary fiction/sci-fi); The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren (romance); Olympus Texas by Stacey Swann (family saga).
Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny (contemporary fiction); The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano by Donna Freitas (contemporary fiction); The Smash-Up by Ali Benjamin (literary fiction); Jackpot: How the Super-Rich Really Live―and How Their Wealth Harms Us All (by Michael Mechanic (sociology/nonfiction); Finley Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano (mystery); Nothing Really Happens: A Collection of Thought and Explanation by Takoda Patterson (memoir); What Comes After by Joanne Tompkins (contemporary fiction)
The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson (women's fiction); Interference by Brad Parks (thriller/science fiction); Imposter Syndrome by Kathy Wang (literary fiction/spy fiction); A House Full of Windsor by Kristin Contino (women's fiction); Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan (contemporary fiction); Patients at Risk: The Rise of the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant in Healthcare by Niran Al-Agba and Rebekah Bernard (medical nonfiction); Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny (contemporary fiction); The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything by Michio Kaku (nonfiction/theoretical physics.)
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (magical realism/historical fiction); The Fortunate Ones by Ed Tarkington (contemporary fiction); The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (historical fiction); Pretty Things by Janelle Brown (suspense); Girl A by Abigail Dean (contemporary fiction); Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris (suspense); Who Is Maud Dixon? by Alexandra Andrews (contemporary fiction); The Guest List by Lucy Foley (suspense); Little Pieces of Me by Alison Hammer (women's fiction); The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley (contemporary fiction)
The Parisian by Isabella Hammad (literary fiction/historical fiction); Super Host by Kate Russo (contemporary fiction); The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (historical fiction); Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity by Jamie Metzl (nonfiction/science); Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel; Luster by Ravel Leilani (contemporary fiction); The Last Trial by Scott Turow (legal fiction)
Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline (science fiction); Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (nonfiction/sociology); Clear and Present Danger by Tom Clancy (military thriller); Atomic Love by Jennie Fields (historical fiction); The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis (historical fiction); A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (fantasy)
The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett (historical fiction); The Wall by John Lancaster (dystopian fiction); The Good Marriage by Kimberly Creighton (suspense); On Turpentine Lane by Elinor Lipman (contemporary fiction); The Tiger Mom's Tale by Lyn Liao Butler; Bath Haus by P.J. Vernon
The Library Book by Susan Orlean (nonfiction); Jack by Marilynne Robinson (literary fiction); Snow by John Banville (mystery); Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie (historical fiction); The Color of Air by Gail Tsukiyama (historical fiction)
.October 2020: Little Gods by Meng Jin (literary fiction); Now and At The Hour by Bess Kercher (YA/middle grade fiction); Leave The World Behind by Rumaan Alam (contemporary fiction); Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (horror); The Searcher by Tana French (suspense); The Speed of Light by Elissa Dickey (women's fiction); City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert (historical fiction); Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi (world fiction/historical fiction)
Inheritors by Asako Serizawa (literary fiction); The Round House by Louise Erdrich (literary fiction); You Should Have Known** by Jean Hanff Korelitz (contemporary fiction); Rage by Bob Woodward (nonfiction); A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (fantasy)
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (literary fiction); Circe by Madeline Miller (mythology); The Farm by Tom Rob Smith (suspense); Rooms by Lauren Oliver (fiction/paranormal); Camino Winds by John Grisham (contemporary fiction); The Girl From Willow Hills by Megan Miranda (suspense); Axiom's End by Lindsay Ellis (science fiction); High Treason by Sean McFate (spy novel); The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (dystopian fiction)
Sisters in Hate: American Women on the Front Lines of White Nationalism by Darby Seyward (nonfiction); The Exit Strategy by Lainey Cameron (women’s fiction); Duty and Desire by Anju Gattani (women's fiction); Well Behaved Indian Women by Saumya Dave (women’s fiction); The Dublin Murder Series by Tana French (In the Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbour, The Secret Place, The Trespasser), mystery/crime fiction, I'd Give Anything by Marisa De Los Santos (women's fiction), The Last Flight by Julie Clark (thriller).
Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum (women’s fiction); Wildland by Rebecca Hodge (contemporary fiction); How to Walk Away by Katherine Center (women’s fiction); The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine (women’s fiction); The Lost Night by Andrea Bartz (fiction); The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths (mystery)
The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney (fiction); November Road by Lou Berney (historical fiction); Flu: The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It by Gina Kolata (medical nonfiction); Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (dystopian fiction); The Legal Limit by Martin Clark (legal fiction); The Jezebel Remedy by Martin Clark (legal fiction); The End of October by Lawrence Wright (dystopian fiction)
The Ten Thousand Doors of January** by Alix. E. Harrow (fantasy); The Institute by Stephen King (horror); The Substitution Order by Martin Clark (contemporary fiction); The Holdout by Graham Moore (legal thriller); Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (fantasy); Before Anyone Else by Leslie Hooton (contemporary fiction); Shelter From the Machine: Homesteaders in the Age of Capitalism by Jason G. Strange (nonfiction).
The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian (contemporary fiction); The Long Bright River by Liz Moore (literary fiction); The Cassandra by Sharma Shields (speculative fiction); The New New Thing by Michael Lewis (technology nonfiction); My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (contemporary fiction); The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly (suspense); Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson (mystery); Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (African/historical fiction).
January and February 2020:
Nothing To See Here by Kevin Wilson (contemporary fiction/magical realism); The White Coat Diaries by Madi Sinha (medical fiction); Home Making by Lee Matalone (literary fiction); Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs by Michael Osterholm and Mark Olshaker (medical nonfiction); The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger (contemporary fiction); The Chain by Adrian McKinty (thriller); The Wives by Tarryn Fisher (suspense); Looker by Laura Sims (literary fiction); Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (contemporary fiction).
The Closer You Get by Mary Torjussen (suspense); Deal With the Devil: A Mercenary Librarians Novel by Kit Rocha (sci-fi romance); Family Trust** by Kathy Wang (literary fiction); He Started It by Samantha Downing (suspense); The Body in Question by Jill Clement (literary fiction); The Last Years of the War by Susan Meissner (historical fiction); The Girl in White Gloves: A Novel of Grace Kelly by Kerri Maher (historical fiction).
Man's 4th Best Hospital by Samuel Shem (literary fiction); Don't Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life by Anne Bogel (literary inspiration); Blackberries, Blackberries by Crystal E. Wilkinson (short stories); You & Me & Us by Alison Hammer (women's fiction); Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane (fiction); Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller (British fiction/suspense); Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman (suspense).
The Body: A Guide for Occupants* by Bill Bryson (medical nonfiction); Deadly Outbreaks: How Medical Detectives Save Lives Threatened by Killer Pandemics, Exotic Viruses, and Drug-Resistant Parasites by Alexandra Levitt (medical nonfiction); Salve: Words for the Journey by Monisha Vasa (poetry); Just Like Me by Vanessa Newton (children's fiction); Extinctions by Josephine Wilson (literary fiction); You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley (psychological suspense).
Big Finish by Brooke Fossey (contemporary fiction); First Cut by Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell (thriller); The Day It Finally Happens: Alien Contact, Dinosaur Parks, Immortal Humans--and Other Possible Phenomena by Mike Pearl (science non-fiction); Fleischman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Anker (contemporary fiction); Inside the Outbreaks: the Elite Medical Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service by Mark Pendergrast (science nonfiction); Hate, Inc.: Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another by Matt Taibbi (nonfiction); The Need by Helen Phillips (thriller).
Followers by Megan Angelo (dystopian/women's fiction); Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenburger (contemporary/women's fiction); The Network: A Jack Logan Thriller by L.C. Shaw; The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull (sci-fi); Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright (science nonfiction); The Fears of the Rich, The Needs of the Poor: My Years at the CDC by William H. Foege (science/memoir nonfiction); The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates (nonfiction).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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).
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).
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).
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).
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
IQ by Joe Ides (detective novel); Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (YA); Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (historical literary fiction)
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).
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)
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)
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)
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).
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)
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
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
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)
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.)
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).
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).