Five Books to Read
Writer Meredith Moore shared with us the top 5 books currently gracing her bookshelf, from her young adult novel inspirations to hard-hitting reporting. Check out them out below and, if you haven’t yet, be sure to read her great piece about why she started writing.
1. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. The most beautiful, heartbreaking, honest book you will ever read. Lennie’s older sister has died, and Lennie, drawn into a confusing relationship with her sister’s boyfriend, tries to cope by scribbling poems on fragments of paper. I’ve never read more inspired writing.
2.The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. In dystopian America, kids from poor districts fight to the death on reality television. It sounds horrific, yes, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a girl fighting to keep her humanity and learning to stand up against tyranny with only her wits and a whole lot of bravery.
3. I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley. I’ve never read anything as hilarious as this collection of personal essays from a New York City resident. Crosley’s writing style is irreverent, witty, and most of all, honest.
4. Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. Drawn from an incredible amount of sources, this is the inside account of the 2008 election. If you’re at all interested in politics (and really, even if you aren’t), this one’s fascinating.
5. Anything by Ian McEwan. He fills his novels with emotion, and the beautifully simplistic writing style draws you in immediately. No one explores human psychology like Ian McEwan.