Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Too Many Books: The Books I Missed in 2018




This happens every year, right?

I’m seeing all of these “Best Books of 2018” lists out—not without a measure of dismay. PEOPLE, LITERATI, ARTISTES, FANS, READERS, HORDERS, CAT-LOVERS, COFFEE-DRINKERS, CAN’T WE JUST SETTLE ON ONE DATE CLOSER TILL THE END? I’d settle on December 24th. (My Snotty Literati Cohort, Lara Howard Smith, notoriously rails against these early deluges. I’ve had to hold back on my all-encompassing compulsion to start making our list which will be in late-ish December.)

This is not the Best Books List.

Here is a list of the books that I’m sad about missing, AND some other new books that I can’t wait to read.

  1. Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah: I’m not sure how to alphabetize this guy, but it looks really good to me. Out now, missed it.
  2. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood: Um, Yes, Please. Coming in July 2019. Hello, Lara?
  3. The Trojan War Museum: And Other Stories by Ayse Papatya Bucak. I’m pre-ordering. The cover is great. It’s a debut collection from a seasoned writer. We went to school kinda together; I think she was finishing while I was starting—and everyone always told me, She’s So Great! Coming in August 2019.
  4. America Is Not The Heart by Elaine Castillo. Out now, missed it.
  5. My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (Book 2) by Emil Ferris: The first one was excellent, and—for some crazy reason (can someone tell me?)—the publication of this second volume was delayed over and over. Book 1 was beautiful! Coming in September 2019.
  6. Beautiful Country Burn Again by Ben Fountain. Out now, missed it.
  7. Assymetry by Lisa Halliday. Out now, missed it.
  8. The Overstory by Richard Powers: People keep talking. I’ve read and loved one of his books (Galatea 2.2) and I don’t really know why I never went back for more. Out now, missed it.
  9. Davita’s Harp by Chaim Potok: I just want to. Out now, since 1996.
  10. Shelf Life of Happiness by Virginia Pye. I have a real affection for Pye and her rich prose. I had to get an autographed copy. I’m going in. Out now, missed it. Knew I’d own it.
  11. Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi. Out now, missed it.
  12. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead: I’m a fan. Every sentence is a mouthful of beauty. Coming in July 2019.



I’m sure there are more. Trevor Noah has a new one coming? So, here you go. Take it, leave it. Make a list and let me know. I’m actually not one of those marathon-esque readers. I average about fifty books a year, and I tend to do nonfiction on audiobook (loose rule).

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