As I glanced back through my blog to refresh my memory of books read this year, I see that it’s been a rather slim year of reading for me. And that is actually okay. I tend to hide behind books, rather than doing my own creative work, but think I have written more than I read this year. Here a few a few that survived the hype for me:
“A Little Life” a novel by Hanya Yanagihara
This title kept popping up so I finally succumbed and bought it. It didn’t disappoint.Totally worth the awkwardness of holding 720 pages. It’s a hefty book about the messy, complicated, tenacious bonds of male friendship.
“Big Magic- Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert
I’ve probably read this three times since it was published. It’s a kick in the pants and a balm for my creative soul that i will return to again and again.
“The Underground Railroad” a novel by Colson Whitehead
Well, Oprah was right to choose this for her book club. In this brilliant novel, the underground railroad is not a mere metaphor. It is a literal train that runs underground, helping to free slaves, specifically Cora and Caesar. Their story is mesmerizing while shining a light on the brutal history we all share.