8 Books I Want to Read in 2017

bookish-foxToday Will Be Different by Maria Semple. When I read the summary of this book, standing in line at a bookstore, I thought, I wish I’d written that. So now I’m really curious about what it is I wish I’d written, you know?

The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch. I want to read this not because I really know anything about it, but because I keep hearing how amazing Lidia Yuknavitch is, and I’d like to see for myself. This is (correct me if I’m wrong) her most recent work, and it won the Oregon Book Award’s Ken Kesey Award for Fiction.

Jagged Edge of the Sky by Paula Marie Coomer. Paula was my creative writing teacher at WSU–not my only one, but close to it, since by some fluke of scheduling she ended up teaching me 200-level classes in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. It was really fun being her student and getting the same professor’s perspective on all three genres, especially because she writes all three genres. She is not your run-of-the mill writer–or your run-of-the-mill person, for that matter–and her work is always exciting. Told from 16 different perspectives, I expect no less from this one.

The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan. This one kind of scares me. I like that. It’s not a book I’m going to be able to read lightly or “for fun.” The topic of terrorism, especially from the perspective of a terrorist (at least in part) is one that promises a lot of gut-wrenching, but I think that we all need our guts to be wrenched once in a while. Plus, I have to admit that this book would function somewhat as research, since the book I’m currently writing involves its own bits of terrorism and quite a few small bombs.

The Mothers by Brit Bennett. Just click the link and read the synopsis–I don’t think I need to say more.

Where Am I Now? True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson. Because Matilda was my favorite movie for years. Because Mara Wilson always struck me as someone who had so much beneath her surface. Because she wrote this amazing article on OCD.

Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley. Another author I know personally, this one from graduate school. Asa was always one of my kindest classmates, and in her first book, Viking Warrior Rising, I discovered that maybe it was possible for me to like romance novels after all–paranormal romances, even. I have to say, it was a little strange to read something so steamy when it’s written by someone you know, especially when you don’t know them that well, but I really enjoyed the last one (this is a series) and I’m looking forward to reading another fun, fast-paced, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo-meets-Thor style romance.

Moonglow by Michael Chabon. Because I’ve read all his other novels, and though I’ve liked each one successively a little less, I like his style and am hoping he can bring me back to the brilliance of Kavalier & Clay–which might be asking a lot, but oh well.

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