- Atonement by Ian McEwan – Assigned as mandated reading for a literature seminar I had last summer, Atonement blew me away. McEwan is an incredible storyteller, not only creating a brilliant setting surrounding the 2nd World War, but also making readers question the very nature of fiction itself.
- The Circle by Dave Eggers – Recommended to me by my father, The Circle was an interesting yet terrifying read, painting the picture of an online, social network monopoly that we are not far from. I’m super excited to see the film adaption coming out this year.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – This one was a re-read for me, and, as I did the first time, I cried like a baby. Narrated by Death, the novel follows the life of a young girl in Nazi-occupied Germany, trying to come to terms with and understand the hate in the world around her. Very eye-opening!
- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell – This book changed my way (and will change your way) of thinking about success. Gladwell explains the theories as to why some people end up becoming successful, attributing it to circumstance rather than the given goods. Very interesting, and you’ll get through it quickly.
- The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson – I’ve always had this weird fascination with serial killers, and this book painted an excellent picture of one of America’s very first. The story takes place in Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair, intertwining the stories of the brilliant architects that created the White City with the story of the man who used the fair to fulfill his own sick needs. You’ll fly through it.
Please leave any book recs down below in the comments, I’m looking to make 2017 a year full of reading!! xx Julia