One of my favorite settings to read about is Paris and the French countryside, so today I’m giving you all a list of my favorite Francophile books, a few from my TBr, and two to skip!Read More
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Say it with me friends. What do we want? SPRING! When do we want it? Four weeks ago, thanks for nothing February!!!!
As a Chicagoan, I truly couldn’t hate the month of February more. I know that’s so dramatic of me, but the -20 windchill gets very old once we don’t have Christmas to look forward to and spring weather is within grasp. So yeah, I’m pretty happy to be ushering in a new season. And with new seasons come new books!
Here is a little list of all the books I’m looking forward to hearing about, reading, and discussing with you all in the coming four months! I’d love to know what books you’re looking forward to as well. Leave me a comment below! :)
Publishing: March 5, 2019 (Ballantine Books)
Genre: Music Fiction
Must Read Rationale: Taylor Jenkins Reid is nothing short of book-famous at this point for her iconic book, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. That book is spectacularly written and so touching, so I am pretty much ready to pick up anything of hers nowadays. This book has also been praised widely and happens to be a Reese Witherspoon book club pick. Im in!
Publishing: March 5, 2019 (Penguin Random House)
Genre: Fantasy / Modern Fairy Tale
Must Read Rationale: I love an interesting take on a very old idea, so a modern look at one of the darkest fairytales is very up my alley. Gingerbread is already getting a lot of critical attention and a few point out the strong female power that radiates through the book, which is my jam. The cover is also very beautiful, which I know shouldn’t change my opinions, but it does make me gravitate towards it!
Publishing: March 12, 2019 (Random House)
Must Read Rationale: With this kind of book, I never want to know to much. But what I do know is that this book explores all the possible versions of ourselves (Ala Dark Matter perhaps?) and I love a metaphorical, dystopian, mind-bending look into what could have been. Very excited to pick this up soon!
Publishing: March 26, 2019 (Berkeley)
Must Read Rationale: I am incredibly particular about thrillers because I have been disappointed TOO MANY TIMES by shit endings or problematic characters. Yet, I persevere because when I love a thriller, I LOVE that thriller. My Lovely Wife seems very promising, as it’s a bit of a Mr. and Mrs. Smith pairing, combined with two completely psychotic and murderous personalities. Will I sleep after I read this? Unlikely. Will I enjoy it? Let’s hope so.
Publishing: April 9, 2019 (Catapult)
Genre: Literary Fiction
Must Read Rationale: This book sounds utterly mysterious, completely engrossing, and so unusually written and I can’t wait to read it. The narrator lives in Buenos Aires by her study of art takes her far away, both mentally and physically. I love a city-set tale and this one just sounds so odd I can’t pass it up!
Lie With Me: A Novel by Phillippe Besson, translated by Molly Ringwald
Publishing: April 30, 2019
Genre: LGBTQ Lit
Must Read Rationale: I read Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman last year and have essentially been on a journey to find a similar book ever since. I’m not saying these two are twins, but the vibe and the coming of age themes feel similar and I’m very excited to read it. I also have been trying to seek out more translated books since being exposed to the world of translation via book club earlier this year, so this fits the bill for that as well. The added randomness of Molly Ringwald as translator should be interesting!
Publishing: May 7, 2019
Genre: Memoir (Equestrian)
Must Read Rationale: On first glance, this may seem oddly specific, but I love that kind of book. Anything than can look at something as random as a solo horse race and extrapolate out to a subject that can touch a city-dwelling person who hasn’t seen a horse up close in 10 years is my kind of book. It also seems to have some awesome themes of female power and perseverance, which I am always here for!
The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas
Publishing: May 2019 (NYU Press)
Genre: Literary Criticism
Must-Read Rationale: Let me give you the one single line that made me add this to my most-anticipated list: “Reveals the diversity crisis in children's and young adult media as not only a lack of representation, but a lack of imagination.” !!!! Are you so sold?? This sounds absolutely awesome and also like a much needed discussion we are already having and need to continue having in our bookish circles.
So there we have it. A handful of the books I’m looking forward to through May! I already cheated and started looking at summer books I can’t wait for, too, but we will save that for another time. ;)
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I hate to pile-on to the fall obsession taking over the world, but, who are we kidding, no I don’t. Autumn is my favorite time of year and this time presents ideal moments to whip out all my favorite books with lots of ambiance, spooky weather, witches, and magic of all kinds!! This stack of books changes every year because, of course, I have an entire list of books that contain those tropes and tones to test out for the new year in hopes that some of them make it onto my favorites for the next fall.
I know it can be hard to decide what to read, especially since fall is tragically fleeting, so I mixed up my favorite books to read in the autumn and my TBR for this fall and made a reading map for you. Follow the lines, and leave me a comment with which book you landed on! (Don’t be shy, click it to enlarge!)
Here are my favorite books + explanations for the autumn categorization, in case you’re a skeptic and need a few more words on the subject. Click to read full reviews!
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
This book was one of my favorite reads of 2017. The familial connection is so powerful, as is being in the heads of each sibling in their own right. They have their own earthly-type of powers, which keeps the magic in this book grounded. Perhaps most importantly, Hoffman’s writing really sweeps you up and away into the 1960’s NYC.
An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
This was a very recent read for me and I was so impressed. It takes a very classical approach to the genre and actually aligns more closely to the long-abandoned mystery style. I appreciated that the anticipation was consistent throughout, but much of the gore so popular in today’s thrillers was left behind.
The Honey Farm by Harriet Alida Lye
This book is so autumn to me because of it’s tone. The book itself spans across an entire year, but the eerie, “somethings-not-right” ambiance of the entire book never leaves. I loved this book, but it may not be for everyone so check out the full description or my review!
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Hardly any classics grab me like this one does. In high school, when I first read this book, I related to it in the lamest possible way. But it certainly made an impact and when fall comes around each year, I think about Heathcliff and Catherine and their many, many weather-filled journies between their estates. If you’re trying to read more classics, this is perfect for autumn!
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
I am due for a re-read of this awesome classic. I read this Christie book for the first time as required summer reading in middle school and I completely fell in love. No one does “who-done-it” better than Agatha Christie, and if you’ve never dabbled I highly recommend you start here this Halloween season!
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
I don’t think I need to expound on this. Rowling does fall and winter better than anyone else.
Now, for the books I’m hoping to fit in this year! There are TONS and many of these I don’t even own, so you could say I have my work cut out for me. ;)
And that’s that! All my favorite autumn books + all the books I’d love to read this autumn. What’s on your list? I’d love to know what you’re reading and, of course, what the map brought you!
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