Mary’s Winter 2019 Reading List

At the beginning of each season, I like to share a new reading list — not only for compiling my book recommendations, but for the sake of accountability.

But first, have you ordered my book yet? Have you written a review? I’m in the middle of working on my second book, and while fiction is so challenging, I can’t wait to share the story.

I read some amazing books this fall and you can see the whole list here. Here are my favorites:

Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

This probably wins as my favorite book of the year. Jia brilliantly shares several short stories to highlight the disillusion of our current society, especially influenced by social media. It’s also hilarious. If you want a gift for your favorite bookworm, buy them this.

Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski

This book talks about female sexuality in a way I’ve never heard before, and I wish it was the norm. I think all women should read this. Hell, all men should, too!

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

As an upcoming movie, this broke my heart into a million pieces and I can’t wait to cry in theaters (okay, maybe I’ll go but probably not but you know).

Onto what I’m reading this winter!

Famous People by Justin Kuritzkes

A funny novel about famous people. Bring it.

Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

A fun novel to split up all the intense books on this list.

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

A fun holiday read that’s part of a bigger series.

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

Another thriller about a misogynistic dystopia. Is anyone else ready to get their IUD out now that Trump is about to be out of office? But, I digress.

Dear Girls by Ali Wong

Ali Wong’s new book features letters to her daughters that are supposed to be hilarious.

Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow

I received this at the Vanity Fair Summit in October, and I finally need to read all about the journalistic efforts behind the #MeToo movement.

Vanity Fair’s Women on Women

Also a gift from the Vanity Fair Summit, this features some of the magazine’s top articles on women written by women throughout the years.

Man Fast by Natasha Scripture

A memoir that sounds like Eat Pray Love. I’m intrigued.

Educated by Tara Westover

Another memoir about a Mormon survivalist who ends up getting her PhD. My therapist recommended it — more enthusiastically than I would expect.

The Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller

This is pretty old but was recommended by a new friend when we commiserated over being the daughters of narcissists. I know, I’m a blast to invite to dinner parties.

What’s on your reading list? Let me know!

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