Three Books I Can’t Stop Thinking About

As the librarian in this gang of two, I’m obviously a pretty big reader. Mostly fiction, some of it trashy, some of it mainstream, and (almost all) of it entertaining! I don’t believe you have to only read lit-a-ra-tuuure or that high brow stuff to be a reader – you only need to find what you like, what entertains you, and what keeps you flipping through the pages.

Lately, here are three books I haven’t been able to get out of my head…

1. You by Caroline Kepnes

This book is weird, warped, and I just couldn’t put it down. Written in a stream of consciousness style from the point of view of Joe, the reader knows Joe is definitely one crazy time stalker…but Joe doesn’t know that. The juxtaposition of his “voice” as the narrator versus the actions he takes in pursuit of a gal named Beck is twisted, yes, but like a car crash – I couldn’t look away. I would classify this as New/Emerging Adult fiction, and definitely as a thriller…not a romance.

2. Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming

I don’t read a ton of nonfiction, but this was a must read for me. Cumming, star of stage, movies and TV (currently he stars on The Good Wife), writes of two stories here – the story of his horrific childhood at the hands of his abusive father, and the search to find out what happened to his grandfather following World War II. Cumming’s voice is so honest and unique, and the stories are both truly compelling. I couldn’t stop reading, yet I was truly sad to come to the end. It felt like I was saying goodbye to my new friend Alan.

3. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

I’ve been a devotee of Picoult’s since My Sister’s Keeper, and she continues to turn out compelling, interesting, widely varied novels that all have multiple narrators, a great story, and a twist at the end. This one features two stories – a mother and daughter – one searching for family, the other searching for meaning among the study of elephants in Africa. I wasn’t sure of the premise, but within just a few pages, I was hooked. I love books that make you think, teach you something (I know SO much more about elephant behavior now), and keep you returning to the story in your mind long after you closed the back cover.

–Marissa

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