Friday, December 30, 2016

Best of the Bunch: December 2016

Today I'm sharing the best book I read in December.

This feels like a repeat of last month, but once again I had no 5-star reads this month, and my only 4.5-star read was a reread for book club. That makes it the best of the bunch for December!

Middlesex has been a favorite since I first read it, and it still is, though I went into rereading it this time with a more critical eye this time regarding gender and intersex identity. Eugenides provides it all: complex, memorable characters; unpredictable, intriguing plot lines; and subtle lessons in history and science. My book club had a fantastic discussion about the extent to which you can define your own identity vs. how much is limited or controlled by your environment, themes I hadn't picked up on by myself even after reading this twice. Whether because it's a Pulitzer Prize winner or an Oprah Book Club book, or just on my recommendation, you should pick this one up.

What is the best book you read this month? Let me know in comments, or write your own post and link up below!

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