For That Artsy Reader Girl’s Top Ten Tuesday:
March 20: Books On My Spring TBR
It’s a bit late, but hey, it’s still Tuesday! These are some books that are coming out this spring that I’m really excited to read. The only other rules I gave myself were that I couldn’t include anything I’d already written about in another post. That actually made it fairly challenging!
1. Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley– Susanna Kearsley is one of my favorite authors, so her new book is pretty much an automatic purchase for me! This one may be sort of cheating though because it comes out in the summer…
2. Varina by Charles Frazier– I liked Charles Frazier’s previous novel, Cold Mountain, and in this novel, he returns to the same setting. It tells the story of Jefferson Davis’ wife, Varina. What interests me is that the book’s description doesn’t shy away from holding Varina accountable for the side of the war that she’s on. It says that she’s “culpable regardless of her intentions” and that “complicity carries consequences.” I’m interested to see how that plays out.
3. The Pisces by Melissa Broder– This book, about a woman in love with a merman, sounds really weird. But it seems to blend elements of Greek mythology in an interesting way: the heroine is writing a dissertation on the poet, Sappho, she attends a love addiction therapy group that functions as a Greek chorus, and she’s in love with a Siren figure. It’s weird enough that is just might work!
4. Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill– I have to admit that the pretty cover did catch my eye first. But this collection of fantastical short stories does sound appealing in and of itself!
5. The Mermaid by Christina Henry– Since this list already has a book about a merman on it, I felt it needed one about a mermaid as well. Actually, this is sort of a historical fantasy about a mermaid who becomes PT Barnum’s star attraction.
6. Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving An American Obsession by Alice Bolin– This book of essays explores what seems to be a national obsession with dead women. From Twin Peaks to Serial, our culture has a bizarre interest in women who are abused, disenfranchised, and killed. They are frequently used as a platform to tell men’s stories. I’m interested in a critical look at this.
7. The Broken Girls by Simone St. James– I’ve only recently discovered Simone St. James and I’m a fan. In the past week I’ve flown through Lost Among the Living and Silence for the Dead. I’m eager to read her new novel.
8. Am I There Yet?: The Loop de loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood by Mari Andrew– I really love Mari Andrew’s work on Instagram. I’m eager to check out her first book of essays and illustrations.