What We're Excited to Read in 2017!

Both of us have been thinking about being more intentional about our reading, and choosing books that are GREAT for us. There are a bazillion books out there and we are both committed to only picking out the best and most fulfilling reads for us personally. That generally doesn't mean next week's best seller either. So here's what we're looking forward to reading in 2017!

Michaela:

1. The Neapolitan Novels, by Elena Ferrante - I finished My Brilliant Friend recently and am so excited to finish the other 3 novels in this quartet. Ferrante took the literary world by storm recently, and for good reason. This is clearly high literature without being stuffy and I'm really looking forward to more, as I finished the book over a week ago and the characters are still in my head.

2. CLASSICS - Guys, I love classics. Love. Them. And I've read really quite a lot of them, but I've been meaning to get to dozens more, so this year I'm prioritizing those! I've never once regretted reading a classic novel, and they generally add richness to my life or at least add to my base knowledge of literature. I find myself drawn to authors like Wharton, Waugh, Austen, Fitzgerald, etc. 

3. Podcast Recommendations - I keep hearing about some books through podcasts that repeatedly pique my interest and sound fun that I need to just get in my TBR pile NOW. These include Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard, Before the Fall by Noah Hawley, Moonglow by Michael Chabon, and A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab.

4. More Non-Fiction - I am generally a fiction reader, but am very interested in adding more non-fiction to my life. Some titles I'm excited about are: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Delancey by Molly Wizenberg, The King's English by Betsy Burton, the Making of a Chef by Michael Rulman and The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell. I really want to get more outside my literary fiction/fantasy comfort zone in a fun way, and hoping this will be it!

5. The remainder of Guy Gavriel Kay's novels - Guy Gavriel Kay has long been my favorite author but there are 3 of his books I intentionally haven't read, because it scares me a little that there will be NO MORE after I read them! I realize that's silly and need to just go ahead and read them though, so I'm committed to doing that in 2017. I just want to savor his books forever and have to remind myself I can always re-read some to calm myself down :)

 

Rikki:

1. Harry Potter series - When books, especially series, gain a big hype, I am quickly turned off. I don't know what it is, but I often shy away from anything raved about, and don't find myself interested until many years later. J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter is no exception here. I even introduced them to my son to encourage his love of reading at a young age without ever reading them myself. He read through the entire series in about three months at the age of 8. It completely changed his reading habits. It's now my time. 

2. Neil Gaiman - I first read American Gods over 6 years ago. I recommended it to a friend, who began reading more, and in turn recommended others I hadn't read. I'm a huge fan of his intensely descriptive writing and fantastical worlds set in a realistic scene. The first on my Gaiman TBR is The Ocean at the end of the Lane - already on hold at the library! And seriously, if you haven't read The Graveyard book, do it! Do it now!

3. Classics - I'm a firm believer in developing my understanding of literature, and classic literature is a great place to turn to. I'm hoping I'll get to most of this section as I work on my Master's in English this year. I'm also hoping to maintain my personal reading along with required readings.

4. Young Adult with my kid - As my son grows, so do the novels he reads. There are so many children's and youth classics I never read growing up, so we've been buddy reading a lot this year (as noted on my seemingly random Goodreads choices this year). We recommend books to each other, then take turns reading. I hope we continue on with this, and as my daughter is learning to read, I look forward to doing the same with her. Judy Blume, anyone?

5. Favorite Authors - Along with Gaiman, I want to read more of my favorite authors such as: Agatha Christie, Lois Lowry, C.S. Lewis, Truman Capote, and Robert James Waller, to name a few. In no particular order, maybe as I stumble across a great find or find them in the library, I enjoy the hunt, and it makes reading more fun for me.

6. Non-Fiction - This past year, I decided that while I was interested in quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt, I had no right saying how I felt about her without knowing her as best as I could. So, I read this bookand became increasingly interested. Immediately after, I picked up her autobiography, and while brilliant, was a slow read for me. I would love to read more non-fiction, namely history, throughout this year. There are great options out there, don't be intimidated!