I haven’t been reading nearly as much as I would like to. I want to dive into some new books soon, and this is what I have lined up:
1. The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
There has been a lot of buzz about Marina Keegan. Marina graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash. She was a writer beyond her years, and captured a struggle that all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can use our talents. Something anyone, at any age, can relate to. Read her essay here that appeared in the Yale Daily News that went viral in 2012. Just days before she graduated from Yale.
2. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
Yes, a children’s novel. I have seen the movie by the same name, which stars Alexis Bledel, many times. But it’s about time I read the book. Surprisingly it touches on a number of tough topics like immortality and greed. It’s a classic coming of age story with deep profound life questions.
3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
I’ve seen The Goldfinch on every “must read” list for the last six months. I don’t know much about it except that it’s a page turner and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Amazon says, “The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.” Intriguing.