An Update on My Reading Goal: Swamplandia!

Last week I posted about my little goal of reading all the books on the list the Huffington Post published of 21 books from the past five years that every woman should read.


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Having already read the top five listed below, I picked up Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. This would not have necessarily been my top choice with which to begin but I scoped out my small town’s library for any of the books on the list that were available there (might as well save a dime, right?) and this one was.

I was instantly hooked on the story about a family operating an attraction in the Everglades where they exhibit and wrestle alligators. The story is told through the eyes of Ava, the youngest daughter and most sane member of the family.

Ava handles various family tragedies with maturity and grace in a way that made me want to take her into my arms and hug her. With these posts I never want to give too much of the plot away so I will sum this one up by simply saying I could not put this one down.

Updated list:

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
Her by Christa Parravani
Drink by Ann Dowsett Johnston
The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
NW by Zadie Smith
Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson
How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti
Room by Emma Donoghue
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri


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