Since this is, allegedly, a book blog, I figured I better get back around to talking about books at some point. My reading pace over the last six months has been positively glacial, which meant monthly reading wrap ups didn’t seem to make much sense. But updates once every couple of months or once a quarter? That I think I can do.
Here’s what I read between January and March of 2017:
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (fantasy)
- Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick (audio book, essays)
- A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (fantasy)
- Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (nonfiction)
- Difficult Women by Roxane Gay (short stories)
- A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (fantasy)
- Wires and Nerve (Vol. 1) by Marissa Meyer and Doug Holgate (young adult, comic)
- All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg (fiction)
- The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel (nonfiction)
- Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan (fiction)
Thanks to V.E. Schwab’s excellent Shades of Magic trilogy, my reading so far this year has been pretty heavily skewed towards fantasy/fiction, but I’ve gotten a little bit of nonfiction in there too. I thought both Hidden Figures and The Stranger in the Woods were great, definitely recommended.
One thing I would like to improve going forward is reading more diversely. I really enjoyed the variety of my reading life in 2015 and early 2016, most of which came from consciously choosing books by people of color. I haven’t done that much lately, and my reading has gotten much, much whiter because of it.
A Look Ahead to April, May and June
There is a lot of great nonfiction coming out in the next several months. Books on my radar include:
- Sunshine State by Sarah Gerard (April 11 from Harper Perennial) — essays on the weirdness of Florida
- Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann (April 18 from Doubleday) — historical nonfiction on the birth of the FBI following the murders of members of the Osage tribe
- Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant (April 24 from Knopf) — emotional resilience in the fact of loss
- One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaahi Koul (May 2 from Picador) — essays on being Indian and female
- The Song Poet by Kao Kalia Yang (paperback out May 9 from Picador) — memoir of a Hmong refugee in MInnesota
- The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (May 16 from Flatiron Books) — memoir of personal history, crime, and the law
- The H-Spot by Jill Filipovic (May 17 from Nation Books) — on the feminist pursuit of happiness
- Hunger by Roxane Gay (June 13 from Harper) — essays on food, bodies, pleasure, consumption, appearance and health
I will certainly not get to reading all of those, but it’s good to have goals, right? I’m also deep into a kick of personal development books, especially those concerned with finding meaning and purpose in life… no surprise there. I could probably do a couple of posts on my new obsession with widow memoirs and self-help on emotional resilience.
What books are you looking forward to over the next few months? What books should I make sure are on my radar?