My Favorite Read in September...
I was so excited to win this new Backman book since I loved A Man Called Ove so much. (Beartown and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry are still on my list.) In true Backman style, it's a story about anxiety, secrets, suicide and mental illness, and why you shouldn't judge people at face value. I laughed and cried while reading this, multiple times.
Other books I read in September and who I'd recommend them to
If you like classic horror that's more about tension and suspense, try The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
If you love The Witcher show and video games, try Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski (though I'd recommend the short story collection The Last Wish first)
If you're looking for a story about family, love, and post-slavery America, read Beloved by Toni Morrison
If you like whimsical British fiction a la Neil Gaiman or Douglas Hicks, try The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
If you like domestic thrillers, read Don't Look for Me by Wendy Walker
If you're looking for a spooky book that combines horror and family drama, read A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill
If you like iconic 80s horror, try Pet Sematary by Stephen King
Genres read: literary fiction, horror, fantasy, contemporary fiction, thriller
POC- or Black-authored books read: 1/8
Other content favorites this month
"How Korean and American Expectations Shaped My Relationship with My Body." A great post by wellness entrepreneur and content creator Minna Lee about culture, food, and self-love.
"Thank you, mama." Grey of @greyandmama is the politest toddler EVER. Watch some of the compilation videos of him thanking his mother, and I guarantee you'll fall in love with him too.
"The Reason We're Still So Obsessed With New Girl's Nick Miller." As a New Girl fan who started rewatching the series recently, I concur. "He's what we wish those men who don't own curtains or pillowcases would be like in real life but they never are."
Oh, and I made my first Reel on Instagram. Am I a cool kid now?