"I laughed, I cried" may be a cliche, but it's the best way to describe my experience while reading The New One. Stand up comedian Mike Birbiglia's signature way of mixing his goofy sense of humor with disarming honesty and sincerity really works well for him in book form. His candid thoughts on parenting are intermixed with poetry by his wife J. Hope Stein, creating a vulnerable, hilarious, and tender portrayal of all the joys and fears that came with the birth of their daughter. The New One is both a great partner to the Netflix stand-up special of the same name, and a worth while reading experience all in it's own.
I'm not typically someone who is drawn to YA fantasy, but Six of Crows was a pleasant surprise. It's a heist story with a multilayered and interesting fantasy back drop. And while the action is engaging and the stake high, what really stands out in this story is the excellent characterization. The rag tag band of criminals are captivating, unique, and lovable despite their flaws. I had so much fun reading this story.