Review: The Impossible Knife of Memory

Laurie Halse Anderson is one of my favorite authors, and I recently had the chance to see her speak at a local bookstore. She talked about how her latest novel, The Impossible Knife of Memory, was inspired by her own experiences growing up with a father suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. While reading the book, I could definitely tell that it came from a personal place. In typical Anderson style, the writing is jarring and the emotions are raw. While it is not my favorite book of hers, it was definitely a fascinating and absorbing read.

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What Should I Read Next?

Recently I won a $100 gift card for Penguin books, which is about the greatest thing that can happen to a book nerd like me. I didn’t have a hard time finding books to spend the money on, but now the hard part is choosing which book to read first! Here are my options:


1. The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster

2. Orkneyinga Saga (I’m a nerd for Viking history)

3. The Time Machine and The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

4. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

5. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

6. The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson (sequel to The Name of the Star)

7. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

8. This Star Won’t Go Out by the late Esther Earl and her parents.

Are there any books on this list you would particularly recommend? Or any that you would like to see me read and review? Let me know below!