Apparently this was my month to read about prostitutes, because fully three of the eight books I made it through focused on that subject matter.
1. The Circle by Dave Eggers: In this commentary on social media, twenty-something Meg gets a highly coveted job at the Circle, a combination Facebook/Google that is basically taking over the world. At first Meg’s friends and family are thrilled, but as her role at the company grows, so does its prevalence in every aspect of her life. Interesting but a little heavy-handed, this book made me want to abscond to a tinfoil-lined cabin in the woods.
See Also: 1984 by George Orwell.
2. Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery: The continuing adventures of Anne Shirley, now a coed at Redmond College. Anne deals with major changes in this volume, including Diana’s marriage, Rachel Lynde’s move into Green Gables and Anne’s first real boyfriend. Hint: it’s not Gilbert.
See Also: Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
3. Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell: On the brink of the new millennium, Lincoln’s IT job is to read flagged company e-mails. He should warn Jennifer and Beth that almost all of their correspondence is flagged, but enjoys reading it too much to give up his guilty pleasure. By the time he falls for Beth, it’s way too late to tell either woman that he has been monitoring their messages for months. But when Beth starts writing about her crush on a man who matches Lincoln’s description, he must weigh the risks of coming clean.
See Also: Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand
4. Lost Girls, by Robert Kolker: In 2008, the bodies of four women were found on the north shore of Long Island, a stone’s throw from an affluent private community. Subsequent police searches revealed even more bodies up and down the shore. Almost all of the victims were determined to be prostitutes. This true crime book describes the lives of those women and the hunt for their as yet unidentified killer.
See Also: In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
5. When She Was Good, by Laura Lippman: Heloise is a single mother living a curiously flush lifestyle in a posh Baltimore suburb. She’s also a madam, running a high-end escort service out of the basement of her home. When the suicide of another area madam turns out to be murder, Heloise, a women with no formal education or other skills, must decide what risks she is willing to take to maintain her standard of living.
See Also: The St. Zita Society, by Ruth Rendell
6. The Maze Runner, by James Dashner: Thomas wakes up inside an elevator with no memory of his life. The elevator opens into the Glade, a self-sustaining community of teenage boys who also can’t remember their pasts. The Glade is surrounded by a maze with ever-shifting walls, guarded by hideous beasts. Two days later, the elevator delivers the first ever girl the to Glade, along with a message: This is the end. Everything is going to change.
See Also: The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
7. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, by Joel Dicker: In this 650-page behemoth, Martin is a young writer enjoying the extraordinary success of his first novel, while suffering from an extreme case of writer’s block. Meanwhile his mentor, Harry Quebert, author one of the greatest novels of the 20th Century, finds himself charged with murder when the body of a missing fifteen-year-old girl is discovered buried on his property—along with the original manuscript of his book. Martin heads to New Hampshire to try and clear his mentor’s name, but the more evidence he discovers, the worse things look for Harry. Meanwhile, Martin’s publisher suggests that perhaps a true crime novel about a fallen literary hero is exactly what he needs to restart his fledgling career…
See Also: The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith
And the best thing I read this month…
8. The Jellicoe Road, by Melina Marchetta: Taylor was abandoned by her mother at a gas station as a child. Now she leads her boarding school in the annual territory wars against the townies and cadets. Things get complicated when Hannah, Taylor’s mother-like figure, disappears just as Taylor falls for the head of the cadets, while her right-hand woman explores an intimate friendship with the leader of the townies. Together, they work to find Hannah and uncover the truth about the event that directed the course of all of their lives.
See Also: Looking for Alaska, by John Green