An Update on My Reading Goal: Ten Thousand Saints

The most recent book I finished from this list published by the Huffington Post is Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson.


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This novel explores a lot of major issues including the 1980s AIDS epidemic, teen pregnancy, abortion, adoption, homelessness, and drug use. The characters are likeable, despite their major flaws.

The young characters in the book seem to be lost in the shuffle of life. They are well-developed and the writing is descriptive without bogging the reader down in minutia.

The film version of this story came out last year. I had not seen it advertised but happened to see it on the shelf at our local video rental store. Most of the time, watching the film version of a book ruins the experience for me, but I have to admit I am curious to see how they adapted the book.

Here’s an updated list. The first five books on this list are the ones I had read prior to discovering the 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
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Drink by Ann Dowsett Johnston
Room by Emma Donoghue
The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
Her by Christa Parravani
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti
Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
NW by Zadie Smith
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique
The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin


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