Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)
Lab Girl – Hope Jahren
I really need to read more nonfiction and this one has been getting such great reviews from blogger/Litsy/Instagram friends. (I just downloaded the audiobook the other day!)
I bought this on a rare solo trip into the city in late spring, from the lovely Book Passage at the Ferry Building. I was in the city to pick up my passport, and I had been determined to buy myself a book. I’m not sure why I was looking in the “w” shelves but when I saw this book, I had to buy it, even though I hadn’t heard of it or its author. I sat on a bench, a view of the Bay Bridge, a ridiculously expensive and tiny (but SO good) hot mocha in hand, the glorious California sun shining down. A group of elementary school kids sat at the benches nearby, behaving, eating their lunch, probably on the way to or from the nearby Exploratorium.
Part of me is always apprehensive about reading a story about loss. I mean, it’s got the word ‘grief’ in the title. As its very first word. So that’s like a warning right there. But hey give me a cover with greys and yellows and that just reels me in.
Sweetbitter – Stephanie Danler
One of my friends really liked this book so I’m curious. Plus it’s got a restaurant industry setting. And I’m a sucker for foodie books.
The Queen of the Night – Alexander Chee
Because Liberty said so.
The Mothers – Brit Bennett
Another one I already own! Seriously what is up with that…
The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
Because it’s won the hearts of many critics
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race – Jesmyn Ward (ed)
Because in today’s world, this is more important than ever.
In the Country We Love – Diane Guerrero
Another book that is an important one for these tough times ahead.
The Obelisk Gate – NK Jemisin
I think I keep hesitating about this one because it’s part of a trilogy and I’m thinking, should I just wait for the third book to come out so I can read it all at one go?
Ahhhh…there were so many 2016 books that I never got to! I hope to read these too and not get distracted by the shiny new 2017 publications!
Here Comes the Sun – Nicole Dennis-Benn
Eleven Hours – Pamela Erens
The Art of Waiting – Belle Boggs
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City – Matthew Desmond