I’m three months behind here. Did you know having a baby is time-consuming? Fair warning -- we may be going list-only until my daughter reaches at least Bat Mitzvah age. Here’s my reading from November, December and January.
1. Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age, by Matthew Klickstein – Nostalgic look back at modern classics.
2. The Walls Around Us, by: Nova Ren Suma: One girl imprisoned and one missing her circle each other in this ghost story in two parts.
3. Work Like Any Other, by: Virginia Reeves: Electric worker in 1930s Alabama is sent to prison after his attempts to steal power for the family farm turn deadly.
4. Practical Magic, by Alice Hoffman: An ostracized eccentric family circles the wagons when one of its own is threatened.
5. The Hit, by David Baldacci: It’s spy vs. spy when one CIA agent goes rogue and a second is charged with neutralizing her.
6. Scrappy Little Nobody, by Anna Kendrick: Memoir.
7. Superficial, by Andy Cohen: Memoir(ish).
8. The Duff, by Kody Keplinger: The “Designated Ugly Fat Friend" begins an ill-advised dalliance with the school’s male slut.
9. The Pines, by Blake Crouch: In a perfect town where no one can leave, secrets and threats abound.
10. Mystic River, by Dennis Lehane: Three estranged childhood friends are brought back together following a brutal murder.
11. Brainiac, by Ken Jennings: The story of the all-time leading Jeopardy champion coupled with a look at trivia as our national pastime.
12. Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett: A blended family split between two coasts.
13. The Complete Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi: The graphic novel memoirs of a young woman coming of age in revolutionary Iran (if you only read one thing from this list, read this).
14. Bone Gap, by Laura Ruby: Two brothers mourn the loss of a friend who disappeared without a trace.
15. The Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay: A boy grows up in pre-Apartheid South Africa.
16. A Life in Parts, by Bryan Cranston: Memoir.
17. Small Admissions, by Amy Poeppel: The admissions assistant at a New York City private school gets too close of a look into the lives of her applicants.
18. Find Me, by Laura Van Den Berg: Following a pandemic, Joy braves the decimated country to look for the mother who abandoned her.