104. january reading

reading more is a resolution that seems to show up on our list every year. taking some quiet time to oneself to read a good book can quickly fall behind in priorities when flashier, more immediate things are constantly competing for our attention. one way we intend on following through with our reading goals is by creating monthly reading lists. we hope that by sharing our picks with you, it will inspire you to frequent your local bookstore a little more often as well:


americanah by chimamanda ngozi adichie
if this book is anywhere near as wonderful as adichie's half of a yellow sun, i am in for something truly special. the fact that it won the national book critic's circle award for fiction and has been included in multiple top 10 lists only reinforces the idea that this story of love and identity is a must-read.

i had the pleasure of meeting the author and hearing her discuss the very personal inspiration behind her debut novel. this is a decades-spanning story of a family and how cultural and generational divides inform their relationships when confronted with tragedy.

fates and furies by lauren groff
named "best book of 2015" by numerous publications and websites, this book is an examination of love and partnership. divided into two parts, it provides multiple perspectives on 24 years of a marriage.


in an effort to pay respect to one of the most influential musicians of the 20th & 21st century, i will be starting out my reading list with this biography on david bowie. buckley chronicles bowie's career, his tours, his creative experiments, the arguments, split-ups and covers his impact on pop culture as we know it.

the rocks by peter nichols
this love story starts out with a mystery and works backwards in time to slowly reveal the reasons behind the characters' break-up and the 60 year silence between them despite living on the same island.

modern romance by aziz ansari
in this exploration of the trials of dating in the modern world, ansari looks at the difficulties associated with all of our technological devices and gives advice on the ever confusing etiquette of text-dating. after watching his recent series, masters of none on netflix, i can't wait to get my hands on this book.


  1. Americanah was beautiful. (Took me awhile to get through, but it was well worth it)

    1. thanks so much, kaitlin! i'm really looking forward to reading it!

  2. I second that, Americanah is one of my favorite books! I picked it up twice before I go into it but then i couldn't put it down. It's a beautiful story.