Reading books is good for the soul, heart and body. If you plan to make 2018 your year of great reads, consider adding the following titles to your must-read list. Although the books listed below aren’t current or new releases, these backlist titles are definitely worthy of attention. Upon release, they garnered impressive reviews and some are written by today’s most stellar writers.
“This is the Story of a Happy Marriage” by Ann Patchett
Ann Patchett is one of today’s most celebrated contemporary authors. Her most recent novel, “Commonwealth,” was released in 2016 and earned several honors including Oprah’s Favorite Book, New York Times Best Book and Time Magazine Top 10 Selection. Why not go back a little further in time to 2011 and check out her collection of essays in “This is the Story of a Happy Marriage”? This book weaves literature, memoir and Patchett’s incredible writing into a not-to-miss experience.
“Tiny Beautiful Things” by Cheryl Strayed
Before Cheryl Strayed captivated the literary world with her memoir “Wild,” which was also turned into a film starring Reese Witherspoon, Strayed released “Tiny Beautiful Things” in 2012. This collection of her advice columns, which she penned under Dear Sugar, will give you new perspective on truth, life and humor.
“Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng
Celeste Ng’s current title “Little Fires Everywhere” has spent many weeks on the New York Times’ Bestseller list, proving that her storytelling talents are remarkable and that she is a formidable author. To experience more of her literary greatness, check out her debut novel “Everything I Never Told You,” which upon release also became a bestseller across the globe. “Everything I Never Told You” centers on a Chinese American family forced to deal with unbelievable tragedy, cultural differences and what it means to love those closest to you.
“The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman
New York Times bestselling author, prolific writer and imaginative genius Neil Gaiman can and does transfix readers of all ages with his stories. His novel, “The Ocean at the End of the Lane,” is his second book designed for adults, and it is a must-read. As with most Gaiman creations it is difficult to summarize, but as his signature storytelling style dictates, you will be mesmerized, bewitched and taken on an adventure like no other when you dive into the pages of this magical tale.
“A Visit from the Goon Squad” by Jennifer Egan
Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, “A Visit from the Goon Squad,” examines what it takes to redeem one’s self from self-destructive patterns. Her main character, Bennie, is definitely flawed, but Egan adeptly weaves a passionate, musically-infused story through Bennie and his cast of eccentric supporting characters. In addition to earning the Pulitzer, Egan’s work of literary fiction was named the National Book Critics Circle Award winner and became a national bestseller.
Crush your reading goals this year by checking out one of these highly reviewed, award-winning and notable books.
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