Mental health awareness advocate and actress, Lili Reinhart, is best known for her portrayal of Betty Cooper on the teen drama series Riverdale, a darker, and saucier, send-up of the Archie comics series. She also has fantastic taste in books.
All of her favorites from this year, save one, happen to be previous Best of the Month picks, which makes me really want to read the one that wasn’t (Nightmareland), and Reinhart’s own debut, Swimming Lessons. Mining the highs and lows of the human condition, this deeply personal poetry collection proves that Reinhart is as much a good writer as she is a reader.
Here are some of the books Reinhart recommends adding to your to-read pile.
Small Fry: A Memoir by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
I found this autobiographical story of Steve Jobs' daughter, Lisa, to be so incredibly interesting. She writes about her experience growing up in a world where her absent father was someone she yearned to connect with, and how hard she tried to form a normal father/daughter relationship with him. The way that her honest emotions are woven seamlessly throughout her experiences as a young girl is what made this book especially touching.
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
This is the true story of a young woman who leaves her unconventional upbringing to pursue higher education, and a better life for herself. It was fascinating to read about Tara's family and childhood experiences, which were so drastically different than what most of us are used to. Her ability to free herself from toxic family ties in order to be successful is very inspiring.
Nightmareland: Travels at the Borders of Sleep, Dreams, and Wakefulness by Lex "Lonehood" Nover
Nightmareland was the perfect book for someone like me, who is fascinated by dreams and nightmares. Since I was a young teenager, I was blessed with having incredibly vivid dreams—sometimes too vivid. But this book would entertain anyone, regardless of their ability to remember their dreams or not.
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
This is a book that my mom had on her bookshelf for years. It was always so intriguing to me, so as an adult I decided to finally read it. It's quite graphic, and a little morbid, but still a very comically written account of what happens to our bodies after we die. It gave me some "fun facts" about the human body to relay to my friends while I was reading.
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
I flew through this novel. It was so hard to put down. It's odd to find yourself rooting for the "bad guy," and yet you sympathize with both women in this story.
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
Though this is a seemingly bizarre story of a young woman who wants to hide away from the world and sleep for a year, I found that I could strangely relate. The main character is unlike any other woman you'll read about these days.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
I love a good thriller to read in between all of my nonfiction. This one was suspenseful and full of twists throughout.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
This novel will warm your heart and make you laugh. It's an easy, romantic read for anyone who wants to lose themselves in a beautiful love story.
The mental health awareness advocate, actress, and author of a debut poetry collection recommends some great books to add to your to-read pile.