Two months late (at least I’m consistent), here’s what I read March – May.
The Girl on the Train: I picked this up because I ran out of Gillian Flynn books to read. People say this is similar to Gone Girl, and they’re very right. As an added perk, since I usually read on the Metra, for a while I was the girl on the train reading The Girl on the Train.
Favorite quote: “…the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them…”
Eleanor & Park: Rainbow Rowell really captures what it feels like to be in high school. The characters aren’t typical YA novel protagonists, which was probably the best part of the story.
Favorite quote: “Nothing before you counts.”
Americanah: This is a really beautifully woven novel. It’s an immigration story told non-linearly over time and across Nigerian and American settings as the protagonist moves several times, attends various school, works different jobs, and falls in and out of relationships. I love that she’s basically a different person in each chapter of her life, because aren’t we all?
Favorite quote: “The man standing closest to her was eating an ice cream cone; she had always found it a little irresponsible, the eating of ice cream cones by grown-up American men, especially the eating of ice cream cones by grown-up American men in public.”
Quiet: Susan Cain’s is one of my all-time favorite TED talks. In school, we’re taught to be outgoing and outspoken as if there’s a single, correct personality type. The corporate world puts so much emphasis on extroversion, but half of us are introverts. And I love how this book describes it: introversion isn’t synonymous with shyness; it’s about how you recharge. If your idea of a relaxing evening is socializing with friends, you’re an extrovert, but if you refresh with alone time, you’re an introvert. Even if you fall into the louder camp, Quiet is still an incredibly interesting read.
Favorite quote: “The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some, it’s a Broadway spotlight; for others, a lamplit desk.”