#17: My Favorite Books of the Year So Far

It’s July Fourth—a great time for a little diversion from our regularly scheduled programming. This week I recommend my favorite books I’ve read so far this year. I’ve read 20 books as we hit the year’s halfway point, but my goal is 52, so I need to get a move on! Turns out, my personal favorite book genre is literary fiction in which I completely fall in love with the characters and want to hug them and help them and wish the best for them. Not sure what you call that, but that’s what I love. I also love memoirs, and five of the 20 books I’ve read are memoirs; I include one recommendation here. Happy reading!

Biz Bite: Use your library’s hold system.


My Goodreads profile and reviews

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

The One-in-A-Million Boy by Monica Wood

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng on Twitter

“Celeste Ng Is More than a Novelist”

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

A Place for Us—“Sarah Jessica Parker Has a Book She Wants You to Read

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

“5 Books to Read After Dark Matter Rewires Your Brain”

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

“‘Ask Again, Yes’ Is A Profound Yet Unpretentious Family Drama”

Maid by Stephanie Land

What Should I Read Next podcast

Melanie appears on the What Should I Read Next podcast! Check out the time stamp 22:55 in episode 185: What should you read this summer?


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