During my interview with Washington Post writer Julia Carpenter last April about the untold stories of female change-makers throughout history, we ended up geeking out about books...a lot.
So much so that fans of the podcast asked if I would make a recommended reading list, like the ones Bill Gates puts out at the end of every year. Well, I said that I would...but that was almost a year ago and I had sort of forgotten about it.
So to make it up to all you reading queens (and kings) out there, here's the list of what I've read so far in 2018. You'll notice a lot of strong female leads, oppressed groups rising above their obstacles, and historical fiction. Shocking, I know.
A couple of disclaimers:
- If the book made it in front of me in the first place, it came either recommended by friends or highly acclaimed by critics. So they're all good. I haven't rated anything less than 4 out of 5 stars.
- I would write you a brief synopsis of each, but Amazon does a better job.
- These are in no particular order, although the last one on the list, Atul Gawande's "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters," was by far the most impactful of those I've read in even the last few years. It happens to be the only non-fiction book I've read so far this year. In fact, it's the only non-historical fiction book I've read this year. At least I'm consistent.
- No, I'm not reading about current events. That would be stressful. Books are supposed to be an escape. ;)
Without further ado...
1. People of the Book, Geraldine Rogers
2. Pachinko, Min Jin Lee
3. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
4. The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd
5. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
6. Forever, Pete Hamill
7. The Boston Girl, Anita Diamant
8. Before We Were Yours, Lisa Wingate
9. Rules of Civility, Amor Towles
10. Shanghai Girls, Lisa See
11. Dreams of Joy, Lisa See
12. Last Train to Instabul, Ayse Kulin
13. Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly
14. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, Atul Gawande
Happy reading! Don't forget to protect your eye-balls!