Naturally, I’m adding more books than I’m finishing. Oh, dissertation, why you loom over my head so. And clearly, right now, I’m procrastinating. So let’s get on with it.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
What it’s about (from Goodreads):
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).
Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.
New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
Why I added it: I heard about it on Book Riot‘s All the Books podcast last week, and Rebecca Schinsky made it sound so interesting. I don’t often read books published for adults, but after hearing her and reading the reviews of some readers I trust, I thought I’d give it a shot at some point.
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
What it’s about (from Goodreads)
When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.
To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.
If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.
Why I added it: This tweet.
If you haven’t preordered this, what are you waiting for? https://t.co/SDTPDAiMF3
— Becky Albertalli (@beckyalbertalli) November 24, 2016
Which referred to this tweet. Also, I loved More Happy Than Not, so…
HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME is #6 in the Kids’ Indie Next List Top 10!
Booksellers FTW, always. @ABABook https://t.co/qfi4BGIKrp
— ADAM SILVERA (@AdamSilvera) November 23, 2016
Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
What it’s about (from Goodreads)
Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown.
Everywhere she turns, someone feels she’s too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; and not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere— until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca seems like Etta’s salvation, but how can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself?
Why I added it: From the synopsis and a review by a blogger-friend of mine, I think this is one wherein I can see my adolescence. Black bisexual girl dealing with mental health issues? I’ll admit (because I feel like black people don’t talk about it enough) that I struggled with depression and anxiety as an adolescent. This seems like it is one of those books I needed to read back then, when I was reading Siddhartha or Walden.