I've been disappointed by popular books so many times that I tend to stay away from them. Maybe they are overhyped and I expect too much.
Here are a few popular titles I read this year....
A new Bill Bryson book is a cause for celebration, I think. I'm wild about The Body: A Guide for Occupants.
In the kids' book world, you don't get more popular than author Kwame Alexander and illustrator Kadir Nelson. If you haven't checked out the combined efforts of Alexander and Nelson, The Undefeated, you need to.
I don't read a lot of fantasy, but, guys, The Wicked King by Holly Black! Fairies are bad, bad, bad.
I know I'm a little late to the party, but I finally got around to The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (it was first published in 2013). At least I read its 771 pages in time to make it to the movie. I just talked my book club into reading this one next year.
I don't think Where the Crawdads Sing is really worth the hype (I only rated it 3/5 stars) but it has been great fun to talk about it with people that I didn't even realize liked to read.
Finally, let me ask you (no, urge you, plead with you) to read this book, Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? by Michael J. Sandel. Sandel is my new Mister Rogers, my new Mother Teresa. He is a professor at Harvard and his course on Justice is wildly popular all around the world. Promise me you'll at least take a look at the videos from his course, will you?
What popular books do you recommend for me?
Join this year’s hosts Girlxoxo and Traveling with T for our annual #AMonthofFaves blog event – a fun way to recap the year that was (Estella’s Revenge is taking a hiatus for this year). We have a schedule of topics planned out, so feel free to join in anytime for some or all of the topics. There will also be a link-up on our blogs so that we can all stop by each other’s posts to leave comments, high fives, good vibes and well wishes.