Although I haven't set a specific goal for myself in terms of number of books I want to read in 2013 (although Tara is reading 100!!! Can you believe it? She's a machine!), I am committed to reading a lot more as a whole, and my new kindle has been a great help! I love hearing about what everyone else has been reading, so here's my list for 2013 so far:
I loved this book so much. Tina Fey is hilarious and awesome. She talks about her adolescence, her young adulthood, her career, 30 Rock, her husband and daughter (the second one hadn't been born yet!), and she does it all with such frankness and humor. I'd recommend this to anyone!
I read this on Matt's recommendation. It was well written and exquisitely sad. It's about a farmer family in Wisconsin with two daughters hit by two unusual (and consecutive) tragedies. The mother is taken to prison for dubious reasons, and the farmer father is left to raise his two girls, all while being shunned by the community for his wife's alleged crime. A fascinating read, for sure, but you gotta have stamina for sustained sadness.
This was free on kindle, and I downloaded it because I needed something super light after A Map of the World. It was a quick and easy read, but ultimately, it was ridiculous. Silly, cliche plot, predictable characters, poor writing choices, cheesy ending. Ugh. Don't bother.
OMFG this book was more deranged than Gone Girl. It was really good, though: well written, bravely written, complex, dynamic characters, attacked multiple issues. The plot centers around a Chicago reporter sent back to her hometown in Missouri to investigate and report on two child murders. The details are harrowing and what she discovers is even more disturbing. Pretty sure every single character in this book is seriously f'ed up. If you liked Gone Girl, try this one next . . . but be forewarned, it is CREEPY TO THE MAX.
I work in publishing, so I read a lot for work, too. I think that's why I was getting off track with personal reading, but I'm recommitted now! Did you read anything noteworthy this past month?