17 March 2016

6 Books to Put at the Top of Your Reading List

I truly love being a freelance book editor, but it does have one drawback. Each year as winter wanes, my workload becomes close to insane, which means I don't have the time or desire to devour books for pleasure. But that's okay because my reward come April is to immerse myself in all the great books. Here are six (in alphabetical order by title) at the very top of my must-read list.

The Arrangement by Ashley Warlick is a novel based on the life of one of my favorite (food) authors, M.F.K. Fisher. In particular the story focuses on Fisher's deepening relationship with artist Tim Parrish, while she was still married to her first husband, Al. The background is Europe in the 1930s, and rumors of war are still a few years away. (Viking Books, Feb. 2016) I credit Christine Heppermann with renewing my interest in poetry. Her Ask Me How I Got Here is a novel in verse about a young girl who has to make a difficult decision that will affect her future and her psyche. (Greenwillow, May 2016) One of my favorite fantasy series (read and listened to in my prebogging days) is Lian Hearn's Tales of the Otori. I nearly squealed aloud when I heard she has another book coming out. Emperor of the Eight Islands is the first in a new fantasy / adventure series set in medieval Japan. (FSG, April 2016)

I'm so curious about Jhumpa Lahiri's memoir, In Other Words, not just because I admire her work but because I'm interested in what she has to say about language itself and her decision to write only in Italian. How does an author make such a transition and how does it affect her craft? (Knopf, Feb. 2016) When I first read Edna O'Brien, many years ago, I instantly connected to her writing style and her Ireland. The Little Red Chairs, her new novel, looks at love and desire in a small Irish village juxtaposed with contemporary violence and hatred. (Little, Brown, March 2016) Just because Peter Geye's Wintering comes last in the list doesn't mean it's last in my mind. This is pretty much my absolutely most anticipated novel of the season. I'll be reading it on my first free afternoon. Can't wait to lose myself in the story: What happens after the elderly Harry Eide disappears from his sickbed, hightailing it for the northern Minnesota woods? (Knopf, June 2016)

What's at the top of your reading list?


bermudaonion 3/17/16, 8:43 AM  

I can't wait to dig into In Other Words. The Arrangement sounds outstanding as well.

Vicki 3/17/16, 8:54 AM  

Wintering is going on my list.

Daryl 3/17/16, 9:39 AM  

i am slowly making my way through Can I Go Now? The Life of Sue Mengers ... i really never read non fiction but this one i had to read because i worked at the William Morris Agency in the early 70s and well i wondered about her life/career which was much talked about back then ... i have several books you recommended waiting in my kindle queue .... i just need to get through with Sue

(Diane) bookchickdi 3/17/16, 11:30 AM  

Edna O'Brien's book is a perfect St. Patrick 's Day read.

Heather 3/17/16, 12:50 PM  

The title alone, The Little Red Chairs, peaks my interest. I'm looking forward to reading The Widow.

Majanka Verstraete 3/18/16, 5:44 AM  

All these books are new to me, but The Little Red Chair sounds most interesting. Thanks for recommending these!

Majanka @ I Heart Reading

Jessica Howard 3/18/16, 6:20 PM  

I'm excited about the Jhumpa Lahiri too! The ones I'm most looking forward to reading soon are that one, The Winner's Kiss, and Journey to Munich.

Lisa 3/19/16, 1:11 PM  

How did I miss a new Peter Geye? I love, love his books. Must get this one asap!

Kailana 3/19/16, 9:37 PM  

I have never heard of any of these novels. I am so behind on things!

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