The All About the Authors Book Wish List
Even the most avid readers need a book suggestion every now and then. Whether you’re looking to break out of a rut or have found your “to-read” pile dwindling dangerously low, it’s always nice to get ideas of what to read next from trusted sources. The group of publishing professionals at All About the Authors has put together a list of what they’re looking forward to reading in 2016. With a wide variety of titles, from new to not-so-new, fiction to non-fiction, this is one list of must-reads for the new year that you won’t find anywhere else!
Little House Living: The Make-Your-Own Guide to a Frugal, Simple, and Self-Sufficient Life by Merissa Alink
I do not generally do anything that is make-your-own, but I do love all things Little House, so I will be very happy to read about things I could do if I wanted to (which I don’t), inspired by Laura and her family.
Exploring Calvin and Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue
By Bill Watterson
I have read every Calvin and Hobbes cartoon. Even all these years later, I am still very sad that they aren’t around anymore. Last year there was an exhibit at Ohio State University and this book is the exhibition catalog that went along with the exhibit. I am bummed I didn’t know about the exhibit until too late (I would have made a special trip just for that!), but at least I will get to read new interviews with Bill Watterson and find out more about his inspirations and influences.
Slaughterhouse 90210: Where Great Books Meet Pop Culture
by Maris Kreizman
I have followed this tumblr blog pretty much from its beginning so I may have already seen all of the posts that make up this book, but its mix of pop culture and literature very much appeals to my own love of both ends of the culture spectrum. I feel like Ms. Kreizman and I are of like minds.
Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton
Stanton wanders New York (and now the world) capturing beautiful moments with people willing to share their lives. He hears the funny, the tragic, the silly, the devastating. I look for HONY’s Facebook posts every day to laugh and cry and remember that we all have a story to tell. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book with all-new interviews.
The Menagerie by Rachel Vincent
I’ve always been drawn to traveling carnival/circus stories, The Night Circus is one of my all-time favorites. Something about the magical wonder coupled with the ugly reality of the carnival intrigues me. The Menagerie explores “dark mythology” when Delilah Morrow is captured and forced to perform in Metzger’s Menagerie.
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
This book has been getting a lot of press as a National Book Award finalist. And one of my friends said that I had to read it because she needed someone to talk to about it. I’m ready to dive into this story to see if I can suss out the truth of Lotto and Mathilde’s marriage.
Redhead: A History of the Redhead by Jackie Colliss Harvey
This looks like an amazing book for any redhead (or anyone who loves redheads), as it combines biology, history, the arts, and many other elements into the discussion of what makes a redhead unique. I picked this up from the library and read the first few chapters, and then I realized this is something I wanted in my home library.
Pioneer Girl: An Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Pamela Smith Hill
Published by the South Dakota Historical Society, this book became an unexpected hit; it features the real autobiography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, upon which her Little House books are based, along with much research from Hill. My younger daughter and I are reading the Little House books out loud to each other and are equally charmed and fascinated by her pioneer life and that of her future husband, Almanzo Wilder (Farmer Boy), so I look forward to sharing with her what I learn from this book.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
The author of Eat, Pray, Love and finalist for the National Book Award emphasizes the need for creativity in our lives. This book has been getting great reviews, and I’m always looking for creative inspiration for not only me, but for my clients.
The Door by Magda Szabo
This book appears on the New York Times Most Notable Books of 2015 list. It’s actually an old book that was published in Hungary in 1987 by Szabo, who is thought to be one Hungary’s best 20th century authors. I’m intrigued by the relationship of the two lead women characters, Magda, a writer, and her housekeeper, Emerence, who ultimately become inseparable friends. Although they seem entirely opposite, somehow their fates intertwine through simple, everyday acts that define their lives.
Dragonfish by Vu Tran
I like mysteries, and in this dark crime story the lead character, Oakland cop Robert, is forced by Sonny, the husband of Robert’s ex-wife, Suzy, to search for her when she mysteriously goes missing in underworld Las Vegas. I’m also interested in the underlying story of Vietnamese immigrants (Sonny and Suzy). Tran himself is an immigrant who escaped from Vietnam and emigrated to Tulsa, OK, in 1980 when he was 4 years old.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
This book was recommended to me by my daughter, and is also a mystery. Using an inverted format, the story starts with murder. Six students on a Vermont college campus play out a real-life drama that mimics a Greek tragedy and changes their lives socially and academically. The small, elite college shares many similarities to Tartt’s alma mater, Bennington College. Perfect for those who love intrigue, ancient Greece, and how people affect each other in dark and mysterious ways.
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home by Rhoda Janzen.
I usually don’t read non-fiction, but this book was recommended to me by someone who said it doesn’t read like the non-fiction I’ve tried in the past and thinks I’d really like it. It’s a memoir of a woman who returns home to her Mennonite family after things fall apart in her life. I’ve always been fascinated by Amish and Mennonite culture, and am looking forward to an insider’s look.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.
Sure, this book is a bestseller and I might be joining the bandwagon a little late in the game, but I haven’t read it yet and am looking forward to getting to it in the coming year. Told from three different perspectives, the story of longing for what an idyllic life that turns out not to be what it appears, this novel sounds intriguing.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.
Having read What Alice Forgot and The Husband’s Secret and loved them both, I have added this one to my list as a sure thing. Moriarty’s stories have something so relatable about them, all while with a suspenseful plot that keeps you wondering how things will work out until the very last page.
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