Winter is a great time to catch up on pleasure reading, am I right? It’s so chilly and dark outside that you don’t feel guilty about staying in with a good book. (Though to be fair, Seattle has been enjoying some unnaturally lovely weather the past couple of days. It’s unsettling.) Either way, Jules and I have resolved to step up our reading game this year, so it’s about time for an installment of What We’re Reading! These five titles are currently at the top of our reading list.
1. Career of Evil is the third installment in Robert Galbraith’s (aka J.K. Rowling’s) series of darkly captivating mystery novels, and Jules can’t put it down. If gruesome thrillers are your thing, check this one out!
2. I’m as far from outdoorsy as it is possible to be, but one of my favorite genres is adventure/survival nonfiction (go figure). Endurance is the brutal story of Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition in 1915. It’s extremely satisfying to read this while you’re sitting by a warm fire.
3. Roxane Gay delves into the complexities of modern feminism through a lens of pop culture and politics in Bad Feminist, a smartly written, hilarious, and endearingly relatable collection of essays.
4. We’re a little late to the game on this one, but my book club is finally reading All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize winning-novel set in occupied France during World War II. Doerr’s Four Seasons in Rome is one of my favorites, so I’m looking forward to reading some of his other work.
5. Both Jules and I are anxious to read When Breath Becomes Air, the much-lauded memoir of a young neurosurgeon diagnosed with terminal cancer. Part stoic introspection, part scientific reflection on mortality, this book is sure to be a tearjerker.
Have you read any good books lately? I’m flying out to Ohio tomorrow for my friend Emie’s 30th birthday bash, and I still need to figure out what to download on my Nook for the trip. I really want to read #5 on the plane, but not sure I should attempt it in public…any other recommendations?