It’s been a busy summer, fall, and winter! As we gear into a season of hibernation (hello, hygge life), it’s fun to look back over the last year and compartmentalize every detail into an end-of-year list.
Maybe not every detail. But books, movies, food, drinks…things like that, yeah.
We’re no Obama, but here’s the list of books we (collectively…not as a sister book club, because who has time for that?) read this year:
(the books in bold are must-reads)
- The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros – simply stunning! poetic and mesmerizing.
- The Bees: A Novel by Laline Paull – a different perspective on bees, told in a sci-fi narrative
- Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward – ghost story, coming-of-age, travel, and drugs. Heavy for sure. But worth reading!
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – An epic saga spanning hundreds of years, following each generation of a slave. So. Good.
- Kindred by Octavia Butler – sci-fi, slavery, feminism, page-turner.
- Attachments: A Novel by Rainbow Rowell – so charming! so wonderful!
- Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple – can’t wait for the film adaptation!
- Spill Zone Book 1, Vol. 2 by Scott Westerfeldt
- My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf – haunting
- March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) by John Lewis – a must-read for everyone living today, especially who did not grow up during the Civil Rights movement
- Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Read Aloud with Kiddos:
- The Odyssey by Gillian Cross – a great re-telling with stunning visuals. Perfect for reading aloud and introducing Greek mythology.
- The Spell Thief: Little Legends by Tom Percival
- Bunnicula by James Howard – a classic gothic horror! Worth revisiting.
- Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
Essays, Poetry, Nonfiction and Such
- Leave Me Alone with the Recipes by Cipe Pineless
- The Modern Witchcraft Grimoire: Skye Alexander
- Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling – can we be her best friends?
- Ungrateful Mammals by Dave Eggers
- Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches by John Hodgman
- Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers
- Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs by Beth Ann Fennelly
- Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah – YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO IT.
Mysteries & Horror
- The Cat Who Could Read Backwards
- Celine by Peter Heller
- Bird Box: A Novel by Josh Malerman – read only if you don’t want to sleep or go outside for a few days…
Home Inspiration & Living Colorfully Books
- Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature
- Kate Spade New York: Things We Love – Twenty Years of Inspiration, Intriguing Bits and Other Curiosities
- How They Decorated: Inspiration from Great Women of the Twentieth Century
- Liberty Book of Home Sewing
- Branches & Blooms: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Magical Centerpieces, Wreaths, Garlands, and Other Unexpected Arrangements
- Gardens of the High Line: Elevating the Nature of Modern Landscapes
- Selina Lake Winter Living: An inspirational guide to styling and decorating your home for winter by Selena Lake
What did you read this year that stood out? Any books worth buying for your permanent collection? And if you’re in a bookclub, don’t forget to download Book Club Bingo. Use the code BOOKCLUB to get it for free!