Book #101 of the year was What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir, by Abigail Thomas. The library didn't have the Kindle version, but only another funky format that I had to read on my laptop screen. Even so, I liked it. It's about a long friendship, a platonic male/female friendship that survives over thirty-five years in spite of all the things that life brings.
Book #102 was Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World, by Anthony Doerr. This is Doerr's book about his time in Rome on a writing fellowship. I recently read both of Doerr's novels, and I enjoyed this book, too.
Book #103 was The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, by Brené Brown. This is Brown's book on wholehearted living, and it covers a lot of the ground from her first Ted talk, though obviously in more detail. Good stuff.
Book #104 was The Odyssey, which my daughter and I read aloud to each other in the Fagles translation. We enjoyed it immensely. I wrote some about it here.
Book #105 was Arcadia, by Lauren Groff. It's about Bit, who grows up in a utopian commune in the 60s. We get to follow the rest of his life, too, as a grownup. I really loved this book; it was beautiful and I appreciated the portrayal of long-term relationships. I didn't grow in a commune, but I did grow up in a subculture that's different from the mainstream, and as such I could relate to some of the struggles the characters experienced. (Thankfully, substance abuse isn't one of the struggles I can relate to.)
Book #106 was What She Knew, by Gilly Macmillan, a book about a woman whose eight year old son disappears. This moves quickly and there's more going on than meets the eye.
Book #107 was No-Man's Lands: One Man's Odyssey Through The Odyssey, by Scott Huler. I liked this very much, and wrote more about it here.
Book #108 was Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice, by Curtis Sittenfeld. Lizzy and Jane behave in ways and use language that Jane Austen would not approve. Reality TV is involved. Why do I read so much Jane Austen fan fiction? I have no idea, but I just can't resist it. This was less disappointing than most, I have to say.
Book #109 was Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living, by Shauna Niequist. I had pre-ordered this in February, it came out on Tuesday, and I already read it. I can relate to a lot of this, and there are things in it that I need to think more about, so I'll probably read it again.