I never read as much as I want to (and I never will), but I’ve read some great books this year that I’d like to share with you. Note that I am perpetually behind, so almost none of my suggestions are super timely (at least I’m not giving War and Peace a 2016 thumbs up), but all worth checking out. I think we could all use a little literary therapy.
- The Invisible Bridge and How to Breath Underwater — Julie Orringer
- I really enjoy how Orringer writes. Her short stories in How to Breath are touching and funny and sad, and the level of character development in the short time allowed is impressive. In Invisible Bridge she takes her time developing three Jewish Hungarian brothers finding their way in 1930s Europe, and it’s a good thing.
- The Southern Reach Trilogy — Jeff VanderMeer
- A mysterious and totally engrossing bit of sci-fi. The first book, Annihilation, is especially entrancing. You’ll finish not knowing exactly what you read but wishing there was more.
- The Wicked + The Divine — Kieron Gillan, Jamie McKelvie
- Not technically a book, this comic book series gives me life. It follows a collection of gods who are reincarnated every 90 years, and in their current iteration they are pop stars. It’s smart and fun. Four volumes collecting the comics are currently available.
- Tenth of December — George Saunders
- Although many of Saunders’ stories bend toward the sad end of the spectrum, he always find humor in his characters and their situations. These short stories are rich and clever and stick with you days later.
If you choose to check out any of these titles, or any for that matter, please consider buying them from an independent seller or a used bookstore. Help the little guys stay in business and get your read on at the same time!