I’ve read two books so far this year and both, I think, are worth mentioning.  They’re also vastly different from each other.

First up, The Cellist of Sarajevo, by Steven Galloway.  My mom got this for me for Christmas and, per the usual, knocked it out of the park.  It’s so good.  It looks at the conflict of Sarajevo from the civilians’ perspective, but also explores grief, fear, responsibility, and choices within that.  I can’t explain it well but it was beautiful and raw and really, really well done.  I put it on par with All the Light We Cannot See, which I read last year and immediately wanted to read again.  I definitely think it’s one to read and is on my list of favorites.

Second is Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan.  I had seen this on other blogs or instagram or somewhere, but it wasn’t until I picked it up that I realized it’s written by the same women who run Go Fug Yourself, a fun fashion blog I used to read.  They took the storyline of William and Kate and modified it, added characters, events, tweaked things, etc., but it was a super fun read.  It’s really light and easy, but I thought the writing was solid – dialogue (which is hard to nail) was well done and funny and characters were well-developed, believable, and not one-dimensional.  If you need a fun book to pick you up, I think this one is definitely worth it.

What have you been reading lately?  I’m always looking for recommendations!


2 thoughts on “reading

  1. I really like The Royal We so I’ll have to check out the first one you mentioned. So far this year I’ve read The Martian, For the Love and the first book in the Inspecter Gamache series–Still Life.
    I like them all! I’d heard The Martian was good but liked it even more than I thought I would.

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