I am so happy to be joining you all again for Top 10 Tuesdays (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl). Last year brought a lot of changes to my family’s life, so I was not able to follow many new publications. I am definitely looking forward to connecting with you all again as we start this year’s great reads.
The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez: January 14th
I have always had a great love for science fiction, and this novel seems to have a great mixture between sci-fi and interpersonal drama. The adoption narrative between a millennia-old woman and a mute young boy with unusual powers also interests me due to my own personal history, so I will definitely be picking this one up soon.
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins: January 21st
One of the most interesting (and sometimes heartbreaking) aspects of my work as an interpreter was the chance to speak with immigrants to the United States from Central and South America. Some immigrants certainly had heartwarming stories for me, but often they had just gone from one frightening situation to the next. As a result, I am always interested in immigrant stories, and this one sounds particularly good to me at least, as the main character is a bookstore owner in Mexico, and some of the conflict she flees seems to be about literature.
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell: January 23rd
Consent has finally started to get the public discussion that it deserves recently, and this novel promises to touch on an interesting aspect of consent – that of significant age differences, and whether a young woman can give consent or if it is coerced. I am a little uncomfortable with where this may lead, but often the best books do make us uncomfortable, so I am hoping to dive in to this one soon.
A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers: February 11th
This novel seems like it could be a fairly standard fantasy novel, but the concept intrigues me: a witch is caught by her mother’s spell and is cursed to be immortal. I love books that tackle the good and bad of immortality (see in particular my review of Eternal Life) and this one could be great.
The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich: March 3rd
I can’t imagine that I will ever pass up a book written by Louise Erdrich, if only because I love her writing and characterization so much. However, this novel does sound good on its own, as it tackles tribal rights (especially as they existed in the 1950s) and life as a young native woman in modern society. I have this one on pre-order for sure!
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel: March 24th
I absolutely loved Station Eleven, so when I saw that the author was coming out with a new apocalyptic book, I knew that I would have to get my hands on it. This one looks to be different enough to stand on its own, as it describes a world after an economic collapse rather than a medical cause, but I expect that Emily St. John Mandel will continue her excellent work with character development and beauty of language.
Afterlife by Julia Alvarez: April 7th
I have never read In the Time of the Butterflies but of course have heard excellent things about it, so I am interested in introducing myself to Julia Alvarez’s writing with a new release. This novel is about a woman who finds a pregnant, undocumented young woman on her doorstep after a family tragedy, and asks what we owe each other in times of crisis.
Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon: April 28th
This novel reads to be more than just a historical romance; it could offer an interesting perspective on historical race issues, as one of the main characters is half Pawnee. I can see this novel being refreshing and original, but I can also see where it may ultimately be problematic. Either way, I intend to read it and share.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins: May 19th
I suspect that I am joining many other Hunger Games fans in my eagerness for this Hunger Games prequel. This novel is set in early Panem, a time period that always has interested me from the original trilogy.
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones: May 19th
Two years ago I read another horror novel by this same author, Mapping the Interior, and found myself deep inside a disturbing world. This one, I expect, will be just as engrossing and fascinating. In this novel, four American Indian men are tracked by an entity from their childhood bent on revenge. I will definitely read this one as soon as it comes out.