I have decided to participate in the Buzzword challenge this year, which is hosted by Books and Lala. I am keeping track of my progress on The Storygraph. I thought it would be fun to share some recommendations for the buzzword each month! February’s prompt is ” A book with a pronoun in the title“.
How about a book whose title is simply a pronoun? Me by Elton John is a riveting memoir- one I absolutely adored on audio. If you are a fan of the movie Rocketman, you have to listen to this one. Taron Egerton, who played Elton John in the movie, is the narrator and he does a fantastic job. Elton John has lived an interesting life, to say the least.
I Am, I Am, I Am is absolutely perfect for this prompt and it just happens to be one of my favourite memoirs. Maggie O’Farrell is an incredible fiction author, and this is nonfiction from her. She tells her story through her seventeen brushes with death and I was so moved by the last chapter.
Why We Sleep is actually the book I read for last month’s buzzwords- “who, what, when, where, how”- but it works for this month as well! If you are someone who struggles with sleeping this may be helpful or it may be overwhelming. Matthew Walker does a deep dive into the importance of sleep and it was eye-opening in a way I wasn’t expecting.
Know My Name is one of the most difficult memoirs I have ever read, but if you are in the right headspace for it, it is truly incredible. I am in awe of Chanel Miller and she is such a talented writer.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is probably the book that I find myself recommending the most often. I am such a believer in therapy and I think that everyone can take something away from this book!
Lisa Jewell is quickly becoming one of my favourite mystery writers and I especially enjoyed The Night She Disappeared. If you like character-driven mystery, I think this will be a book for you. It went in a direction I did not see coming!
Grady Hendrix is one of my go-to horror authors and My Best Friend’s Exorcism of his books. I loved all of the 80s references and just how campy the book felt. It is definitely the horror novel that I find myself recommending the most often!
They Never Learn received a lot of hype last year, and I felt that it was well deserved. If you are a fan of Dexter, you need to read this!
I am currently reading an eARC of Meet Me in the Margins, which comes out on February 15th. I am such a sucker for romances set at publishing houses, and I know I am not alone in that. I am having fun with it so far!
While We Were Dating is the sixth book in Jasmine Guillory’s The Wedding Date series, and it is one of my favourites. I love books where one or more of the characters are famous, which was certainly the case in this book. I absolutely adored Ben and how respectful he was. I also appreciated the discussions on mental health.
You Had Me at Hola is one of my favourite romances, and it also has famous characters. In this case, both main characters are actors who are working together on a telenovela. I loved that we went back and forth between chapters from the TV show and chapters from the characters’ real life. Adorable!
You Should See Me in a Crown is an adorable YA romance. I love high school romances that take place around prom. It is sapphic and sweet and there is such a magical moment near the end that I always think about. This needs to be adapted into a movie!
She Drives Me Crazy is a book I really enjoyed but don’t talk about enough. It is a fantastic YA hate-to-love romance and there is such incredible character development. I think a lot of teens would relate to this story!
She Who Became the Sun is a book that I have mixed feelings about but has grown on me over time. I thought that Shelley Parker-Chan did some absolutely brilliant things. I was captivated by the beginning and the end, but the middle dragged for me. I still think it is worth reading and I cannot wait for the sequel!
The Darkness Outside Us is severely underrated! Fans of Project Hail Mary need to check out this YA SciFi that has similar themes to Project Hail Mary but just the added bonus of a romance.
The Ones We’re Meant to Find gets mixed reviews, but I adored it. Joan He is brilliant! I cannot remember the last time a book surprised me so much.
Follow Me to Ground is not a book I would universally recommend, but if you like very strange books, I think it is worth checking out.