Have you read any good books recently? My friend Megan just emailed me with a recommendation: “If you’re looking for something great, pick up The Goldfinch. Best contemporary novel I’ve read in about a billion years. Don’t be put off by the fact that it’s 800 pages. You’ll wish it were longer.”

The Goldfinch is described as a “beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph,” and the New Yorker writes, “Like the rest of us, Donna Tartt ages; but her fiction is going the other way. Her new novel, ‘The Goldfinch,’ is a virtual baby: it clutches and releases the most fantastical toys. Its tone, language, and story belong to children’s literature.”

I’m so intrigued! Sometimes I like starting books (and movies) without knowing anything, so I ordered it without looking up the plot synopsis. Have you read it? Thoughts? Any other books you’d recommend? I know you guys are big readers!

P.S. Five favorite novels, and subway reading.

(Cartoon by John O’Brien)