So here at BookPage, we've been working hard to reinstate March as the month to read the books you've always meant to read (see the original post for full details, and read Cat's follow up). Now it's my turn to share the books that I've moving up to the top of my TBR list this month. So far, so good—I'm already halfway through #1.
By Maggie Shipstead
I'm ashamed to admit that I thought I knew what to expect from a fiction debut about a wealthy family staging their daughter's wedding on Cape Cod. But after looking at Shipstead's upcoming release Astonish Me, I realized she was not the sort of writer one should underestimate—or make assumptions about, aside from the fact that anything she writes will be impeccably observed and surprising. Now is the time to go back and rectify that 2012 mistake!
White Is for Witching
By Helen Oyeyemi
Oyeyemi is one of the most interesting authors around, and her latest, Boy, Snow, Bird, is one of the best books I've read this year. Yet I have been sitting on my copy of this 2009 novel about four generations of women whose huge, canavorous home in Dover holds decades of secrets. (Confession: I have a fear of running out of books by authors I love, which is pretty irrational given that my job allows me to discover great new authors just about every day.) No longer! Let's just hope I can fall asleep after reading this one, which The Austin Chronicle compared to the best of Shirley Jackson.
The Thing Around Your Neck
By Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie
Ah, 2013: the year I stopped being intimidated by Adichie's triple name and fell in love with her work. Since then, I've been working my way through her backlist, starting with Half of a Yellow Sun. Next up is this 2009 story collection, which I expect to enjoy just as much as every one of her other books.
Are you joining us in unofficially designating March as "Read the Books You've Always Meant to Read" month? Share your list in the comments!