Category: Literary Lists

My Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors

Posted August 18, 2015 in Literary Lists / 12 Comments
My Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors

Last week, I took a look at my favorite authors based on how many books I’ve read by each writer, but I also noted that numbers don’t tell the whole story when it comes to which authors I consider my favorites. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday list, I’m listing my top auto-buy authors — authors whose books I will automatically purchase without even knowing the topic. When I find out these authors have a new book coming out, my […]

Favorite Authors, by the Numbers

Posted August 11, 2015 in Literary Lists / 12 Comments
Favorite Authors, by the Numbers

What makes a favorite author? There are dozens of authors that I consider favorites, but when I think about it, I realize I’ve only read one or two of their books. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic challenges readers to list their favorite authors based on the numbers. I scrolled through my “Read” shelf on Goodreads and made a list of the most frequently recurring writers. (I may have cheated a little bit and only counted books I read in the last […]

The Books in My Beach Bag

Posted July 24, 2015 in Literary Lists / 20 Comments
The Books in My Beach Bag

Tomorrow I’m headed to Keuka Lake for a week with my parents, dog, and myriad aunts, uncles, and cousins. After the roller coaster month I’ve been having, it will be lovely to spend some time tubing, swimming, kayaking, wine tasting, and lounging in the hammock with a book and a gin & tonic. I’ve pretty much overcome my tendency to overpack for vacations… except when it comes to books. How can I know in advance what I’ll feel like reading […]

Ten Diverse Reading Recommendations

Posted July 21, 2015 in Literary Lists / 19 Comments
Ten Diverse Reading Recommendations

As a straight, cis-gendered, white American woman who has never been affected by a disability or mental illness, my cultural experience is pretty well represented in the media. And when you belong to the majority, it can be easy to blind yourself to the experiences of people with less privilege and to internalize the prejudicial messages our culture propagates. To me, being a “good person” means consciously trying to unlearn all of the racist or homophobic or otherwise intolerant attitudes I have picked […]

The Best Books of 2015 (So Far)

Posted June 30, 2015 in Literary Lists / 18 Comments
The Best Books of 2015 (So Far)

2015 hasn’t been a great year for my personal life, but one thing that HAS been stellar is my reading. I’ve had my share of busts and slumps, but for the most part, I’ve read some really wonderful books. Here are my top ten favorites. 1. Hall of Small Mammals by Thomas Pierce. Southern Gothic with a hint of magical realism, this short story collection is delightfully weird and deeply meaningful. 2. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. This novel […]

Highlighting the Books of BEA 2015

Posted June 9, 2015 in Literary Lists / 29 Comments
Highlighting the Books of BEA 2015

On Sunday, I recapped my experience at Book Expo America (BEA), and today I’m excited to share some of the books I brought home. This year, I brought home 22 books, which is about half of last year’s number. ( I feel very good about this.) Some of them are books I was hoping to pick up, others were pitched to me, and a few simply reeled me in with enticing covers and titles. I’m really looking forward to reading all of […]

Ten Books for Your Summer Beach Bag

Posted May 26, 2015 in Literary Lists / 14 Comments
Ten Books for Your Summer Beach Bag

Whether your summer plans involve lounging on a breezy beach, kicking it in a cabin in the mountains, road tripping across the US, or just sprawling on a blanket on the grass of a local park, summer is the perfect time to step back from your busy life and sink into a great book. These ten novels, ranging from tales of teenage rebellion to unputdownable historical fiction to powerful portrayals of difficult issues, would make for great summer reading! 1. The […]

My Dream Literary Dinner Party

Posted May 12, 2015 in Literary Lists / 16 Comments
My Dream Literary Dinner Party

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish are asking bloggers to name the top ten authors we want to meet. This question got me dreaming of an old-fashioned salon or a dinner party among my favorite writers. My dream literary dinner party would consist of role model celebrities who have penned memoirs, authors who have captured my imagination, and writers who have changed and deepened the way I see the world. […]

Five Characters I’d Like to Check In With

Posted April 7, 2015 in Literary Lists / 22 Comments
Five Characters I’d Like to Check In With

Because sometimes you finish a book but you aren’t finished with the characters, here are five* characters I would like to check in with: (Warning: Vague spoilers ahead.) 1. Naoko from A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. I loved getting to know Nao through her diary, and I really want to know what she did with her life after she finished writing it. What does her life look like when Ruth finds the diary on the beach? 2. Nick, Amy, […]

Five Awesome April Releases

Posted April 3, 2015 in Literary Lists / 7 Comments
Five Awesome April Releases

After overbooking myself like crazy for March, I have a little bit of a reading lull in April. That said, there are some really interesting books coming up that I’m excited to read! 1. The Given World by Marian Palaia (Simon & Schuster | April 14) In 1968, thirteen-year-old Riley’s brother Mick goes missing in Vietnam. Devastated, she takes off, traveling from Montana to San Francisco, and then to Vietnam. Along the way, she meets a half-blind vet with a secret, an […]