Best, last, longest: Nnenna Odeluga

Welcome to my “Best, Last, Longest” book series I will be running here – where I will be sharing the best, last, and longest books read by some influential and generally awesome people around the web!

This week, I have the lovely Nnenna Odeluga from Star Crossed Smile sharing her favorites!

Best book: Eleanor & Park – “It’s about two misfit teenagers who fall in love and it’s so heartwarming. I didn’t really know anything about the book going into it- I’d just seen the cover (which is adorable) and thought it looked like a good read. Not knowing what it was about, I was immediately captured by the story and delightfully surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It’s a YA book, which honestly I didn’t know until after I finished it and I think it touches on themes that affect adults too. There are funny moments, sad moments and touching moments, and I really felt what the characters were feeling. It was the first Rainbow Rowell book I read and it’s my favorite out of the three novels of hers that I’ve read. I’d recommend this to anyone and everyone!”

Last book: The Girls at the Kingfisher Club – “I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway and even though I’m currently reading the Harry Potter series from start to finish, I’ve been sneaking in a few outside books. This is a retelling of the ‘Twelve Dancing Princesses’ fairytale set in New York in the 1920s. I love fairytales and I love novels set in New York, but I only thought this book was so-so. I wasn’t really able to connect with the characters in the way that I wanted. Although there are 12 sisters, most of the story is told from the perspective of the oldest sister Jo, who I didn’t find to be a particularly captivating character. I think it would have been a lot more interesting to have chapters from each sister’s perspective, although of course that would be a much more complicated novel to write. If you like the sound of a novel sent in the Prohibition Era in New York, I’d recommend The Rules of Civility instead- now that’s a really good read.”

Longest book: 2666 – “I read this book in college a few years ago and it’s certainly the longest and densest book I’ve read in recent memory. The underlying event is that there are a series of terrible murders in a small town on the border of Mexico. The book is divided into five different sections and each section is expertly woven together. I would say this book is not for the faint of heart (the murders are brutal and upsetting), but I do think it’s worth reading. I read this for class and I think that I got a lot more out of the novel since I was able to discuss it with others, so perhaps I would suggest reading this with a friend.”

Thank you Nnenna! I’ve personally read and loved Eleanor & Park too :) And even though she states it as the longest book she’s read, I really, really, want to read 2066!

What are you currently reading? I’m a big Freakonomics fan, and have finally gotten my hands on Think Like a Freak! Can’t wait to finish it!