It’s been an excellent season of reading. I got some awesome new titles for Christmas and I’ve been happily shutting myself away for hours reading, in part because it’s been so damn cold out. But that’s exactly why I like winter: with nothing much to do but stay in, there’s plenty of opportunity to snuggle in with a book or a TV show and relax until spring comes! Here’s what I’ve been reading lately, that I think you’ll like too.
The Elephants in My Backyard by Rajiv Surendra
This is a memoir by none other than the actor who plays Kevin Gnapoor in Mean Girls! It’s a heartfelt personal story about how Rajiv spent years preparing to play the main character in the movie adaptation of Life of Pi, only to have the role snatched away from him without even an audition. The memoir shows how sensitive, artistic, and spiritual Rajiv is, and it was a vivid story of his experiences in Canada, Hollywood, and India. Highly recommended!
The Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith
An instant favorite for me, and not only because it’s written (secretly) by J.K. Rowling, the Cormoran Strike novels are amazing whodunnit murder mystery thrillers that also have two amazing, complex, well-written main characters and fleshed-out plots. They’re not all gore and flash; they have real substance. And I have YET to correctly guess who done it! I love these books and can’t wait for the next installment in this series.
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Weighing in at 1,200 pages, 1Q84 was my big book for the long, dark, cold month of January. And it was a worthy companion. Part sci-fi, part fantasy, and all meticulously, carefully written, 1Q84 tells the story of a woman and a man both drawn into fantastical circumstances, as well as a parallel world. Through the first half of the novel you realize that they have been in love with each other for twenty years, and are being drawn together by nefarious circumstances. And you have no idea how it’s going to end up. Five gleaming stars!