If only life consisted of reading books. Anyone wants to hire a professional book reader? Didn’t think so. Because I still have to take care of such trivial things like bills, however, time management is my only way of keeping up with the amazing books that are coming out every week, like a gushing fountain. Sometimes it gets overwhelming! Here’s a little break down of the top titles I would love to get to as soon as possible. Hopefully, you’ll see the reviews of these in the next few weeks.
Title: The Wangs vs. the World
Author: Jade Chang
This is a hilarious and heartbreaking novel of the family of Chinese immigrants, who lose their fortune with the economic crisis, and are now moving across the country to figure out their next step. Faced with new challenges and uncertain future, they must re-evaluate their life and learn to be a family once again. I think this “riches to rags” story is very current and relatable, and it just sounds like a good dramedy full of laughter and lessons learned. I don’t read enough books with an immigrant angle, so this should be a great one to fill the gap.
Author: Margaret Atwood
The much anticipated retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest by one of the most prolific Canadian authors is part of the ongoing series Hogarth Shakespeare penned by multiple award-winning writers. This is a stand-alone book, but perhaps a little refresher on the original play would be a good idea. From what I gather, Hag-Seed plays with the same elements of illusion and make-belief in order to bring a has-been theatrical director to former glory through an unusual gig as a prison theater teacher. I’m going to pick up the Shakespeare’s comedy first, and then indulge in some Atwood. I cannot wait to see where it takes me. Retellings can be tricky to pull off, but all is possible for the Dame Margaret.
“This is not a book about gun control, but about what happens in a country where it does not exist.” – Gary Younge
Title: Another Day in the Death of America
Author: Gary Younge
I was counting months for this to finally come out. Gary Younge’s latest critical analysis of social life in the United States looks to be one heart-wrenching monument to seven young lives lost to gun violence. He takes one random day, which happens to be November 23, 2013, and puts faces on the victims under the age of nineteen across the nation. As an outsider, I am often baffled what pushes pro-gun camp to resist stricter control. Perhaps, books like these will help the audience to finally reconsider their stance and build a future where death by firearms is not considered to be just a statistic.
Title: The Vanishing Year
Author: Kate Moretti
I literally know only the minimum about this book, and that is how I prefer going into it. This book appears to be a thriller about past secrets and deceitful marriage. I’m sure everyone in the publishing industry is trying to recreate that perfect Gone Girl phenomenon, and I want to be enthralled by something like Gone Girl once again, but nothing too notable comes to the scene. I really hope that Kate Moretti’s latest will scratch that itch. While not the buzziest book so far, it seems to gather relatively good feedback. I am really excited to see what it’s all about. A perfect weekend book, perhaps?
Are they insane? Don’t they see we’re about to strap ourselves to a bomb that’s going to blow us hundreds of miles into the sky? – Mike Massimino
Title: Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Mike Massimino
Books on space exploration/NASA projects are among my favorites. Lately astronauts became more visible to the general public and more involved in promoting their profession thanks to social media. It’s good to see young children excited about space, and actually knowing that becoming an astronaut is a real life possibility. Growing up I didn’t even know it was an option for me, but I would trade my career for a spaceflight any day. Maybe one day commercial passengers would be able to see Earth from the orbit, until then I’ll settle for fun memoirs of the select few who had been there.
Title: You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain
Author: Phoebe Robinson
I first heard of You Can’t Touch My Hair on All the Books! podcast, and thought, well, here we have another memoir/essay collection on how it is to be a black woman in this world. I can name at least three recently released books dealing with the same subject, so how is this one different? Is it going to be another cliche like those white women going on a journey of self-discovery in an exotic location type of books? The more I listened to the hosts gush about Phoebe Robinson’s work, however, the more I became convinced that I need this in my life right now. This essay collection seems lighthearted and positive, while still having a solid foundation of relevant issues as its backbone, nicely balanced.