One of my favorite things about a new year is all the new books that will be coming out. I haven’t been excited these past couple years, because I haven’t been reading. But this year… this year, gimme those good books!
The Dreamers: A Novel by Karen Thompson Walker
This just sounds lyrical. The idea is that a plague is taking over, a plague of a sleep where people have heightened dreams and don’t wake up. Now, I love disaster novels, and I’m not sure that this counts, but something about it is singing to me. I can’t wait to read this, and I think maybe it’s the cover art? I’m not altogether sure. There’s just something about this book.
The Collected Schizophrenias by Esme Weijun Wang
As someone who also lives with mental illness, I’m excited for this book because I think it’s time we broke the stigma. Let’s talk about it more! Let’s write about it more! And not in that way that most mystery novels do, let’s actually talk about living with bipolar 1, schizoeffective, borderline, all of it. My hope for this book is that it’s a peek into a life that I both live and don’t live.
Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
So for those of you who don’t know me (I’m talking to like the single person who reads this that I didn’t recruit from my Facebook friends), I’m crazy about music novels. This checks the box – this novel is based in the whirlwind world of 1970s music industry. There’s already an adaptation being ordered, starring Reese Witherspoon, and I’m hoping that that means this book is amazing. I need to hurry up and get paid so I can preorder! This may be the book I’m most excited about.
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
So here’s another fun fact about me: I love crime novels. And this book is all about a couple whose favorite pastime is getting away with murder. Oh, man, Lt. Joe Kenda would have a field day with this (“Well, my, my, my.”). Maybe that’s why I read so many mystery and crime novels – maybe it’s my obsession with Discovery ID. No, but seriously, super excited for this novel, because it seems unique.
Once More We Saw Stars by Jayson Greene
So this book is a somber addition to the list. It tackles moving on from and experiencing what I consider to be unimaginable pain – the loss of a child. I’m interested in this novel because it seems human and, in some way, inspiring because it deals with “overcoming” grief. And I say that in quotations because I don’t believe you “overcome” grief, you learn how to go through it and live with it. And I think this novel will explore that.
So, what are you looking forward to reading in 2019? Let me know in the comments!