This is by far one of my favorites releases of 2017 — this book is so incredibly timely and relevant and necessary. In addition, Thomas made this book captivating, and Starr is one of the best protagonists I’ve read in a while. Her inner dialogue poses many questions I found myself asking as I was reading it, and I appreciated that Thomas anticipated her readers having those questions.
The Shining was one of my first exposures to Stephen King, and still remains one of my favorite books. I didn’t read Doctor Sleep for several years after its release because I was worried it wouldn’t hold a flame to The Shining, but I’m happy to report that it was very enjoyable — independent of its predecessor.
I tried to read Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything a few years ago, and I’m sorry to say I couldn’t get through it. The 500+-page tome offers information on an impressive range of topics, and while I found it interesting, I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of knowledge therein. Tyson seems to have found a happy medium, and provides his own short-history-of-nearly-everything-to-do-with-astrophysics in the form of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.
Ann Patchett is a supremely talented writer, and she excels at weaving gorgeous tales like State of Wonder and Bel Canto. Author’s memoirs, such as Stephen King’s On Writing, are often my favorite type of book, and Patchett provides a compelling addition to the set with This is the Story of a Happy Marriage.
I had a really hard time getting into this book, but I’m so glad I stuck with it. Moriarty relies heavily on school mothers being mean and catty to each other, and it was difficult to swallow the way her females characters treat each other (not to mention how certain husbands treat their wives).
The three anthropologist protagonists of Euphoria have delectable chemistry that kept me flipping pages, and when I wasn’t gasping at the pure romance of the lines about bread and wine and love, I was busy picturing the various tribes along the Sepik River that King portrays with such skill.
This book blew me away. It has pretty much everything a reader could want in a book, from beautiful prose and romance to adventure and murder. I’m learning that entire-life-spanning tales are my cup of tea (thank you Donna Tartt, Kristin Hannah, and Lauren Groff), and The Goldfinch is exemplary in that regard.