- The Changeling by Victor LaValle – This is a fantasy novel, a modern day adult fairy tale of sorts that is also a retelling of Maurice Sendak’s children’s book, Outside Over There. I requested this book from netgalley and have just started. Why? This was a netgalley request and it also fulfills the Book Riot 2017 Reading Challenge of reading a fantasy novel. I also really enjoy fantasy and look forward to this story, especially being familiar with Sendak’s creepy, but brilliant and beautiful children’s book.
2. Tales of a Severed Head by Rachida Madani – This is a volume of poetry by this Moroccan poet that addresses modern day issues of women in society. It compares their situation to the experience of women in The Thousand and One Nights and finds many similarities. Why? For Book Riot’s 2017 Reading Challenge I need to read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love. This is not a book I would have chosen on my own, but I love reading outside of the box and look forward to this experience.
3. The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas – In the words of Goodreads this is a novel about “sacrifice and motherhood, the burdens and expectations of genius.” Why? I requested this book from netgalley after reading so many glowing reviews from fellow reviewers. The description seemed very interesting and appealing to me as well. It is a long book and I am happy to say, I’m just about finished (but still adding it to this list – since it is fall).
4. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough – This is a thriller told from the perspective of two women who become friends. One is the wife of David and the other is having an affair with David. Why? I love listening to books in the car and thrillers are really the easiest, more entertaining to listen to. If I listen to something more heavy, I worry that I am not concentrating enough or it would be better read.
5. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange – A book and also a major broadway production about what it is to be of color and female in the twentieth century. Why? This will satisfy the requirement of reading a classic by an author of color which is part of the Book Riot 2017 Reading Challenge. This is also a book I am very interested to read both for content and style.
6. A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai – A romance/erotica novel that one reviewer describes as “feminist, sex-positive erotica that says fuck you to rape culture, slut-shaming, and totally flips the traditional gender roles of the billionaire shiterature that has flooded the market since The Book That Shall Not Be Named was first published.” She further goes on to say “the female lead, Akira Mori, is unapologetically sexual. Men, women, multiple partner sex, she’s down for it all.” Why? This will satisfy the requirement of Book Riot’s 2017 reading challenge to read a LGBTQ+ romance novel.
7. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – According to Goodreads, “In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying, but before she ends it all, Nao plans to document the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in a ways she can scarcely imagine.” Why? This will satisfy the requirement of the Book Riot’s 2017 Reading Challenge to read a book where a character of color goes on a spiritual journey.
8. Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil – According to Goodreads, “A former Wall Street quant sounds an alarm on mathematical modeling—a pervasive new force in society that threatens to undermine democracy and widen inequality.” Why? To satisfy the Book Riot 2017 requirement to read a non-fiction book about technology.
9. The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld – According to Goodreads, “As Naomi relentlessly pursues and slowly uncovers the truth behind Madison’s disappearance, shards of a dark dream pierce the defenses that have protected her, reminding her of a terrible loss she feels but cannot remember. If she finds Madison, will Naomi ultimately unlock the secrets of her own life?” Why? I loved Rene Denfeld’s previous novel The Enchanted, so I cannot wait to read this latest novel of hers.
10. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid – This novel, shortlisted for the Man-Booker Prize has been described by Goodreads as “Exit West follows these characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.” Why? The topic of the book is interesting to me and I have had it recommended to me repeatedly.
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is about the fall’s most anticipated reads. This is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Many of my reads here are dictated by Book Riot’s 2017 Reading Challenge which I have a love-hate relationship with. I love that it makes me read books that I wouldn’t normally. My reading selections are much more diverse as a result. However, it gives me less time and opportunity to read the books I most desire to read. I have not decided yet as to whether or not continue with these challenges or abandon them. How do you feel about these reading challenges? Did you create a Top Ten for today? If so, please link your top ten below!