Editor’s Note: One of our favorite authors, Lisa Genova is not only a renowned neuroscientist, but also the New York Times bestselling author of STILL ALICE, LEFT NEGLECTED, LOVE ANTHONY, and INSIDE THE O’BRIENS. Her new book, EVERY NOTE PLAYED, is out in bookstores now.
I read a little of everything and always two or three books at once. I read contemporary fiction to keep refining my craft and because I love a great story. Historical fiction tends to captivate me the most. I enjoy being immersed in characters and places from another time, and, when done well, to marvel at the extensive research the author did to build such seamless believability. I read nonfiction texts on neuroscience, psychology, and medicine to keep learning and because these subjects will forever fascinate me. And I read self-help because I’m committed to continually growing, and the tools and reminders offered in these books inspire me to live and love bigger. Here are a few of my favorites.