2016 BOOKS I AM EXCITED ABOUT
Poorly phrased title - there aren't 2016 of them, though at the rate I'm adding to my Goodreads to-be-read list, that's probably not far from the truth.
- •Queen of the Night, by Alexander CheeI have been infected with the enthusiasm of the @bookriot people and especially @rebeccaschinsky on this one. It sounds so engrossing: an opera star finally gets an original role written for her, only to find it is based on aspects of her past - aspects only four people know about. This will be my first Chee novel. Out 2nd February.
- •In Other Words by Jhumpa LahiriI am beside myself with excitement about this part-memoir, part-love letter to the Italian language. And man, I wish I had thought of that perfect title for my own memoir. Out 9th Feb.
- •Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler@smdanler and I have the same agent and I've been hearing a lot about this book and the buzz around it. (And I'm not gonna lie: hoping for an Advance Review Copy!) I'm a huge foodie so I'm sure it will scratch some of my itches. And how great is that cover? Out 24th May.
- •Crush: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing, and the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crush, ed by Cathy Alter and David SingletonThe title says it all, and if you know me even slightly, you'll know this could essentially be the title of my memoir. I can't WAIT for this one - especially since my fabulous author friend Karin Tanabe and my wonderful writing prof Richard McCann are both contributors. Out 2nd Feb, just in time to weep wistfully into my wine on Valentine's Day. Or possibly April - I've heard both.
- •The Gilded Years by Karin TanabeI met Karin in 2013 at Politics and Prose at the signing for her first novel, The List. We bonded on Twitter over our shared Belgian roots and the trials and tribulations of the writing life, and we've become friends. I've heard a lot about this book as she's been writing it and it sounds fascinating - it's historical fiction about an African American woman who gets into Vassar by pretending to be white. Out 7th June, just in time for all our beach trips.
- •Shiny Broken Pieces by Sonia Charaipotra and Dhonielle ClaytonThe sequel to Tiny Pretty Things, the gripping mean-girls-at-ballet-school YA novel of this summer. I'm often a bit wary of sequels, so I might wait to hear if it's as good, but to be honest I'm tempted to go ahead and risk it. I loved reading about these characters and this world. Out 12th July.
- •The Inside of Out by Jenn Marie ThorneMy gateway drug to Jenn Marie Thorne's YA novels was her first - The Wrong Side of Right. I can't resist a good campaign novel and I really enjoyed it. This one is full of intriguing complexity - a straight girl stands up for gay rights after her best friend comes out, and all sorts of mayhem ensues. Also out 12th July - I need to plan a trip to the beach for that week to get through these books.
- •One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins ReidTaylor's first novel, Forever, Interrupted, was my favourite read of 2013 and I've followed her faithfully ever since. One True Loves is about what happens when the man you've loved and lost and grieved comes back and you have to choose between first love and new love. Also out 12th July, so I should probably go ahead and book that beach trip now.