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Get Lit with Sienna’s Top 5 Books of 2018

by  | December 20
Get Lit with Sienna’s Top 5 Books of 2018

It’s almost the end of the year and I’m leaving in my wake piles and piles of books I’ve read; books I’ve been meaning to finish; books I just couldn’t finish; and books that I haven’t even cracked open yet, but that I really want to! And when you’re a bookaholic like me, it can be hard to even quantify which were the best books of the year. So this is what I did…I picked out a few of my favorites and categorized them in my very own genres, which I really wish bookstores would adopt because it would make it so much easier for us to find the kinds of books we really like! Fiction and nonfiction are just so broad, don’t you agree??

The Last Black Unicorn

The Last Black Unicorn

by Tiffany Haddish
The Book That Is Most Likely to Make People Think You Are Crazy Because You Are Laughing Maniacally to Yourself While Reading It

Not only is Tiffany Haddish hysterical, but she also has a heart of gold and is the ultimate survivor. This book chronicles her journey on the path to becoming a comedian, which includes stints in foster care, caring for a mother with a traumatic brain injury, and the numerous side hustles she juggled while living in her car. You will be laughing so hard that tears will be rolling down your face as Tiffany recounts her experiences working as a dancer for bar and bat mitzvahs, and for the airlines. And if you love audiobooks, then you could alternately check out Tiffany’s narration of The Last Black Unicorn because she is nominated for a Grammy for her reading!

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Foe

Foe

by Iain Reid
The Perfect Book for When You’re Starting to Seriously Question if the World We Are Living In Is a Simulation and/or You Are a Black Mirror Fiend

This dystopian novel is set in the near future where Junior and Henrietta live on an isolated farm with only each other for company. One day, a man from the city comes and informs Junior that he has been randomly selected for long-term space travel. And although Junior will be gone for many years, Henrietta doesn’t have to worry about being alone because she will be left with a companion as a replacement for Junior. This book is eerie, unsettling (but in a good way!), and will leave you puzzled up until the very end. You’ll want to buy this book for a friend because you’re definitely going to want to talk to someone about the ending after you finish the story!

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When Life Gives You Lululemons

When Life Gives You Lululemons

by Lauren Weisberger
When You Don’t Want to Wait Until Summer to Read the Perfect Summer Read, A.K.A. Brain Candy

Not only does this book give The Devil Wears Prada fans an opportunity to catch up on what Emily Charlton is doing now, but it’s sarcastic take on über-wealthy suburban mom life will have you cracking up. Emily Charlton (remember the snooty assistant in the film version of the book who says that she’s one stomach flu away from her ideal weight??) has left the world of fashion and is now a PR consultant in LA. After losing several clients to an upcoming young publicist, she decides to take on a new job helping to revive the damaged reputation of a former supermodel in Greenwich, Connecticut. The fish out of water narrative is hilarious.

Sidenote: I used to live in a Brooklyn neighborhood where all the moms were head to toe in athletic wear at all times. At first I thought this was the most fit hood ever, but nope, wearing leggings all the time is just a fashion statement! And if you didn’t know that was a thing, this book will fill you in on the details.

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Then She Was Gone

Then She Was Gone

by Lisa Jewell
Just Because Your Guilty Pleasures Are Thrillers Doesn’t Mean You Don’t Like Strong Character Development

I have given this book to so many people because it’s that good. Then She Was Gone is about a woman whose daughter goes missing on her way to the library. The fallout from her child’s disappearance breaks up her marriage, causes her to become distant from her remaining children, and she’s basically given up on herself too. Her life dramatically changes when she meets a man who seems to be her soul mate, but with one catch. He has a daughter who seems so much like her own missing daughter—it’s almost spooky. Just when you think you have the plot figured out, you don’t!

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Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders

Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders

by Christopher Goffard
Sometimes the Truth Really Is Stranger than Fiction

Christopher Goffard is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and he has published a collection of stories that are so compelling you will read this book from cover to cover. The most infamous story is Dirty John, an expose of a grifter sociopath who preyed upon lonely, wealthy woman and was so crazy, it inspired a podcast and a Bravo TV show. Other interesting stories in the collection include those of a man who was accused of rape and assault even though he had an iron-clad alibi, and the trials and tribulations of a fledgling public defender.

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