Every so often, I get an email from a reader asking me what I like to read when I'm not writing. Right now I'm in the midst of reading submissions for It's a Girl and getting the Literary Mama anthology ready to go, so I'm not doing much reading for pleasure at the moment. But I have read some great books recently, and I thought I'd list them here. Hopefully some other LM editors will chime in with some recent favorite books, too. Here are some of my favorites from the past six months of reading:
- The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John M. Barry
- The Know-it-All by AJ Jacobs
- The Wonder Spot by Melissa Bank
- Inamorata by Joseph Gangemi
- You Remind Me of Me by Dan Chaon
and the best book I've read in a really long time:
I absolutely loved this book. It has incredible writing, a compelling story, and Chaon writes so well about the complicated relationship between a damaged mother and a damaged son, and the way families work or don't work.
I'd love to hear what others are reading, so, please, feel free to share with the class!