MOSTLY TRAVELS READING LIST
For me, there's no better trip companion than a good book. Helpful for long legs of transportation, or just escaping even further away from your daily life, books are a compact travel essential. Here's my 2017 reading list, if you're looking for something new!
ALL THE SINGLE LADIES BY REBECCA TRAISTER
This book taught me so much about women in history defying the norms society deemed them and growing into power. The timeline of the woman's role in this novel is rich and thorough, becoming a source of great understanding in a subject I'm trying to learn more about. Also this book makes me the most proud to be a woman.
INTO THE WATER BY PAULA HAWKINS
Spooky spooky Paula. I loved Girl on the Train and was ecstatic to pick this up when it came out. Written in a similar vein, Paula infuses the memories of countless Beckford citizens regarding a handful of murders in the tiny English town. With the most recent death, the investigation weaves through the characters in Beckford to eventually crack the unsolved murders -- all involving women drowning in a nearby river known as the "Drowning Pool".
A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD BY JENNIFER EGAN
Interweaving multiple storylines which then intersect with a city-slicking music business exec and his too-old-to-be-an-assistant assistant, Egan shows the sad perception of living in a big city, and how it can spiral one's life into something completely different from what they first expected. I love the realities this book tells of living in the digital age and how it shapes a life with unexpected relationships and stories.
BIG MAGIC BY ELIZABETH GILBERT
Elizabeth Gilbert gave me exactly what I needed with this book. Reaffirming the importance of living a creative lifestyle even though I feel like I've put that on the back burner, she gave me many examples to live that truth again. She's brutally honest and forthright with remedies to live the way you feel you should and she refers to her readers as "dear ones". So basically, she's kind of like my literary mother.
DIVIDED SISTERS BY MIDGE WILSON AND KATHY RUSSELL
This book is a feminist game changer. Recommended by the darling Lena Dunham, this book opens eyes to the realities between white and black women; how they are sometimes allies and sometimes hurting each other. This book taught me a lot and if you want to grow as a feminist, no matter the color of your skin, please read this.
WHAT I WAS DOING WHILE YOU WERE BREEDING BY KRISTIN NEWMAN
Kristin is the most bad ass. As a very single TV writer, she spends her hiatus break between gigs traveling the world...solo...taking lovers and learning languages and never saying no. Basically, she is an idol among the women who refuse to wait around for a man to complete them. Also she's hilarious.
A FIELD GUIDE TO GETTING LOST BY REBECCA SOLNIT
I recommend reading this book in the woods. Solnit's essays take on the meaning of getting lost, being found, and searching for who you are and why you are. Quite relatable on all levels, her stories are a true explanation to the questions we ask ourselves when we are in solitude.
THE GOLDFINCH BY DONNA TARTT
I've been a fan of Donna Tartt since I read 'The Secret History.' Her ability to devise off-the-wall characters of all types is unreal. You get attached to her protagonists; especially when he is a 13 year-old victim of a terrorist attack in a Manhattan museum who accidentally takes a famous 17th century painting which he has to guard for the rest of his life or else he might go to jail forever.
THE TRESPASSER BY TANA FRENCH
One of my favorite mystery thriller writers of all time is Tana French. Her stories are always ridiculously intricate and take the reader through the wringer. Her latest novel guides you through a domestic abuse crime which gets turned upside down during the investigation. This one lead me to an ending that I seriously didn't see coming. And neither will you.
DEAR MR. YOU BY MARY-LOUIS PARKER
Writing letters to different men from her life, Mary-Louise Parker's poetic prose takes you through the gamut of every relationship, short or long, that she has experienced and how it affected her. As a huge MLP fan, her past is fascinating and wild. I love her writing and basically everything about her. Do yourself a favor and read this beautiful book.
EUPHORIA BY LILY KING
As a fan of anthropology and riveting romance, I inherently loved this novel. Lily King takes the reader through the adventures of three early 20th century anthropologists as they explore New Guinea, living with various tribes that are often dangerous and unpredictable. Nell, the only female anthropologist finds herself tangled in a love-triangle with two men, one her husband and the other a secretive colleague. All three are haunted by the lives they left behind and band together to find their way in their complex surroundings.