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Rachel’s Reads – November 2018

For me, as the night grows longer, the sky mimics it and imbues rich hues of indigo, celestial and midnight blue over our heads. The painted shades seem to be added one stroke at a time, furthering the transition into the deep dark night. The darkness inspires our dreams, and, in turn, allows us to color our imagination. I love to spend these evenings by the warmth of the fire with the weight of a large book in my hands. During these endless nights, I want to feed my brain and immerse myself in wonderfully grand reads, or, as I affectionately call them, door stoppers. These books are both the journey and the destination, they are constant friends, wise teachers and the best storytellers. Hopefully, one of these books can be the star of your long nights, for as Madeline L’ Engle said, “A book, too, can be a star, ‘explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly,’ a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” 

  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  • The Crimson Petal and The White by Michel Faber
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  • 2666 by Robert Bolaño
  • The Passage (about to be a television series) by Justin Cronin
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  • Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  • Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  • Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Last Samurai by Helen DeWitt
  • Antarctic Navigation by Elizabeth Arthur
  • Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset

As for me, I am beginning my re-read of Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray and wrapping up French Exit by Patrick deWitt and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari. I also can’t wait to start Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi wa Thiong’o.

Happy Reading!



Rachel became the publisher of The Independent in March of 2017 and then married her husband Jake in May. Their goldendoodle Einstein joined the family last year. Rachel is an avid reader and loves to share book recommendations. (Don’t miss her column, Rachel’s Reads in the Magazine!) She can always be found with a book nearby, especially while traveling (another of her favorite things).


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