Remember when you saw those popular books and thought, "I'll just add my name to the list..." only to find the list was 5 miles long? Now is the time to catch up on your reading with these books that were popular last fall:
(Reviews taken from Parade Magazine and Entertainment Weekly)
|Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan|
This sly novel about spies, swinging 70's London, and changing sexual mores reflects the Atonement author's characteristic fascination with moral ambiguity.
|The Round House by Louise Erdrich|
This book is likely to be dubbed the Native American To Kill A Mockingbird. It's a moving, complex, and suprisingly uplifiting latest tells of a boy's coming of age in the wake of a brutal, racist attack on his mother.
|The Diviners by Libba Bray|
This novel mixes the glamour of Prohibition-era New York with supernatural thrills worthy of an early Stephen King story. n this young adult adventure with plenty of crossover appeal, protagonist Evie O'Neill's arrival in the city coincides with a spate of occult based murders that unlock dark secrets in her own life.
|Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter|
Set in '60s Italy and contemporary L.A., this irresistible Hollywood novel features lost love, thwarted dreams, and Richard Burton.
|The Fault in Our Stars by John Green|
The most fun you'll ever have reading a YA cancer-teen love story. Also: deeply sad...
|Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn|
This twisty, can't-stop-reading mystery features a divisive ending and real insight into human relationships.
|Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling|
A complete joy to read....a stunning, brilliant, outrageously gripping and entertaining evocation of British society today.
|Wild by Cheryl Strayed|
Strayed's memoir of hiking the unforgiving Pacific Crest Trail should be required reading for 20-somethings looking to enter real adulthood. It's like a cooler, grittier, and more honest version of Eat Pray Love.
|The Violinist's Thumb by Sam Kean|
Genetics may have been the most boring topic in your AP Biology syllabus, but Kean's surprisingly enthralling study of DNA focuses on the human side of science, explaining why some people are better hardwired to survive nuclear bombs, excel at the violin, or become cat ladies than others.
|People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry|
An in-depth look at the short life and chilling death of a young woman living in Japan.
|The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe|
While it's the memoir most likely to make you ugly-cry this year, Schwalbe's unique account of coping with his beloved mother's long, ultimately losing fight with cancer avoids sentimental pitfalls by focusing on their shared love of books.
|Marbles by Ellen Forney|
Forney's bracingly frenetic graphic memoir uses her own bipolar disorder to explore the queasily symbiotic relationship between mood disorders and creativity, with new takes on noted ''crazy'' artists like Vincent van Gogh and Sylvia Plath.