Here are my favorite books I’ve read so far this year:

Her Every Fear: A Novel by [Swanson, Peter]
This book was thrilling, a real page-turner, and maybe the scariest work of fiction I’ve ever read. If this sounds like your kind of book, I highly recommend reading Her Every Fear. I also recommended another Peter Swanson book here.

Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything by [Armstrong, Jennifer Keishin]
If you’re a Seinfeld fan, you should read this. It’s interesting and funny, especially when you get most of the references. This show has had quite an impact, on the future of television and with its sayings that continued to rise in popularity after the finale. Giddyup!

Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World by [Sheffield, Rob]
You might notice a trend in this post: I love reading non-fiction books to learn more about things I love. As with Seinfeld, this book talks about how the Beatles have become even bigger since the 60s, and there are some great stories and insights. The author is clearly a super-fan, and some of the references were lost on me, but overall, I really liked reading this and have been listening to the Beatles a lot since. Current track on repeat: Got to Get You into My Life

Born to Run by [Springsteen, Bruce]
I was most impressed by how vulnerable Bruce was in this book, talking about his family life, mental illness, the struggle to feel he’d made it, and why he continues to tour. I’m reminded again that celebrities experience the same emotions we do, just in much more visible ways. How you do follow Born to Run? What if you want to try something new? His success took time, hard work, and sacrifice. The money and fame certainly did not happen overnight. And while I thought ego must drive Bruce to continue to tour, it’s much more complicated and personal than that.

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