Ülrika's Top 10: My Year of Reading

Looking back at my year of reading, these are the titles that have stayed with me since I put the books down. I hope you enjoy the list as much as I enjoyed reading them.


A Certain Hunger By Chelsea G. Summers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781951213145
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Published: Unnamed Press - December 8th, 2020

One of the best novels I’ve read in years. I devoured this gorgeously written, bold and perverse book about a female food critic who strikes back against the male-dominated magazine world in which she operates. Original and subversive.

The Harpy By Megan Hunter Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802148162
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Published: Grove Press - November 3rd, 2020

A simple enough premise: a wife finds out her husband has had an affair and they make a pact that she can hurt him up to three times without any notice. How far would you go to pay back your spouse? And what does it really do to you emotionally and mentally. 

The Margot Affair: A Novel By Sanaë Lemoine Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984854438
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Published: Hogarth - June 16th, 2020

Betrayal and desire fuel the story of Margot, the secret daughter of a twenty-year affair between a French politician and a famous actress. Part diary, part page-turner, this is a masterful novel with gorgeous writing.

Autopsy of a Boring Wife By Marie-Renée Lavoie, Arielle Aaronson (Translator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781487004613
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Published: Arachnide Editions - September 3rd, 2019

Marie-Renée Lavoie's Autopsy of a Boring Wife tells the hysterically funny and ultimately touching tale of forty-eight-year-old Diane, a woman whose husband leaves her and is having an affair because, he says, she bores him. A fresh and engaging novel of the pitfalls and missteps of an apparently "boring" life that could be any of ours.

Rest and Be Thankful By Emma Glass Cover Image
ISBN: 9781526601070
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - December 1st, 2020

A visceral and dreamlike literary portrait of a burned-out pediatric nurse working night shifts in a neonatal ward. A haunting, intimate portrayal of the nurses who sacrifice their physical and psychological well-being for the sake of others.

Stray: A Memoir By Stephanie Danler Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101875964
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Published: Knopf - May 19th, 2020

I love a good memoir and STRAY deosn’t disappoint. An intimate, searingly honest memoir of growing up the child of addicts, of how that turbulent, often harrowing experience has affected her at every stage of her life, and of how she has struggled to transcend this unwanted legacy. 

Aphelia By Mikella Nicol, Lesley Trites (Translated by) Cover Image
By Mikella Nicol, Lesley Trites (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781550655193
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Published: Esplanade Books - September 1st, 2019

In Montreal, during a heat wave, a young twenty-something works the night shift at a call center, her only company the disembodied voices of the customers who call in to complain. She spends her night off drinking with her friend Louis, while her successful boyfriend sleeps. His career allows her the pleasures of his spacious, modern condo, a new existence. A strange, original novel that follows the flux of twenty-something life that often lacks a clear direction.

NVK: A Novel By Temple Drake Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590519356
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Published: Other Press - November 26th, 2019

A thrilling, ambiguous novel. One night in 2012, executive Zhang Guo Xing takes a group of European clients to a fashionable nightclub in Shanghai. While there, he meets a strikingly beautiful woman called Naemi Vieno Kuusela. The physical attraction between them proves irresistible, and they embark on an intoxicating affair. But Naemi is not what she appears to be. A great literary thriller.

The Lying Life of Adults By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator) Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
ISBN: 9781609455910
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Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2020

Ferrante never disappoints. A captivating, up-close portrait of a woman reflecting back on the mysterious years of her adolescence, the transition from child to adult, from youthful ignorance to a deeper, more complicated understanding about her city, those around her, and ultimately, herself.

Harmada By João Gilberto Noll, Edgar Garbelotto (Translator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781949641059
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Published: Two Lines Press - November 10th, 2020

I love every novel by Brazilian author Joaão Gilberto Noll. “Harmada” follows a former actor on a journey that explores essential questions about identity, the power of art, the vanity of glory, and the meaning of life. That might seem vague, and that’s the point. The reader is never sure where they’re standing in a Noll novel, one of the most thrilling aspects of reading him.

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