January 2020 Reading Preview
I know myself well enough to know that I will never stick to a monthly to-read list. However, to help me stick to my goal of reading more intentionally and to share more books that you might otherwise miss, I’m going to try out something new. Each month, I’ll share a reading preview of what books are currently catching my eye. These will include the releases I’m most excited about, the books I’m prioritizing for projects or book club, and the books from my own shelves that I’m most eager to read. I’ll undoubtedly share way more books than I’ll be able to read each month (and I know I’ll be missing a lot of the books I’ll actually get to read!). But you’ll still get a good sense of the new releases, buzzy books, and backlist gems that are grabbing my attention now. And hopefully you’ll find a few new books to add to your own TBR.
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid (Dec. 31). This plot driven page-turner that deals with racial bias is all over the internet and has been chosen as January’s Reese’s Book Club pick.
Long Bright River by Liz Moore (Jan. 7). I love a literary mystery. This one follows two sisters: one is an opioid addict, the other a cop assigned to patrol the drug-riddled streets. Everyone I know who’s read this one raves about it.
A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende (Jan. 21). This historical fiction novel is set during the Spanish Civil War and features an oceanic voyage and a strong independent woman. Plus we have Allende’s glimmering writing to look forward to.
When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald (Jan. 28). This book follows adult siblings Gert and Zelda when they fall on hard times. Viking obsessed Zelda sets out to save her family and make herself a legend.
The Truants by Kate Weinberg (Jan. 28). I love a campus novel and a charismatic professor character. The Truants is being billed as a book for fans of The Secret History, which is something I can’t miss.
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo. This Booker Prize winner is my IRL book club’s January pick. I finished it this morning and found it astonishing. Evaristo’s writing is brilliant and her characters are almost overwhelmingly intricate. I’m also really glad I had the chance to read this before my trip to London in March.
Emma by Jane Austen. This month, I’m rereading Emma for an upcoming project (stay tuned!). This time around I’ll be reading David Shapard’s annotated version. I’ve read his Pride and Prejudice edition and it’s phenomenal so I’m extremely excited to deep dive into Emma, my favorite Austen novel.
Watchmen by Alan Moore. I loved the HBO show so much that I bought the book for my husband for Hanukkah. He’s reading it now and keeps telling me how much I’ll love it. This week my coworker brought me his copy so I could read it at the same time and I can't wait to dive in!
Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi. This is a family saga about three sisters who take drastically different approaches to marriage. This Booker International Prize Winner takes place in Oman, was translated from Arabic, and is certain to be a mind-opening, world-expanding read for me.
Sanditon by Jane Austen and Kate Riordan. I pride myself on being a Jane Austen completist, but I’ve yet to read her unfinished novel, Sanditon. This year PBS is releasing an eight part Sanditon miniseries (premiering on 1/11!) and Grand Central Publishing released a new edition of the book finished by Guardian columnist Kate Riordan.
Things in Jars by Jess Kidd (Out Feb. 4th but available early from Book of the Month). I’ve yet to meet an otherworldly Victorian setting I didn’t love, and this Gothic mystery sounds like a dream. Fans of Diane Setterfield and Jessie Burton are sure to love this one too.
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