For whatever reason, no one really believes that I want books as presents. Despite how every time someone asked, “What do you want for Christmas/your birthday/our anniversary/next Monday?” I would answer with a list of titles long enough to make their brains short-circuit.
But this year, you guys. Or I guess it was last year. Last year, I was heard! I was heard by my loving, wonderful, perfect husband, who bought me a stack of books that I have been euphorically swimming in since late December.
One of which has won the honor of being my favorite January read for today’s YA Highway’s Road Trip Wednesday–and possibly my favorite read for the whole year (though I know it’s a bit early for such a strong supposition): LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins.
Not only did LOLA top ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, it completely buried it. Cricket Bell was so adorkable that I wanted to shrink him down and keep him in my pocket forever. It’s almost like magic, how Perkins can build such a simple story into so many tingling moments and breathless scenes. When you look back at each piece (as I have so many times, trying to decipher her methods), it’s just a bunch of words, but as you get absorbed in the story, she has the ability to make everything feel so connected and heightened.
There is also an honorable mention for January: THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson. I just finished this one, and Nelson’s writing style is like a novel-length prose poem. So vivid and perfectly attuned to every moment of love and grief–capable of using words with a preciseness that is pretty rare.
So, what were your favorite January reads??