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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