We just so happen to be pretty entrenched in the book world, and we know the books that have every editor in the industry talking. We’ve selected the 10 fiction novels published in the last year that have received the highest number of rave reviews and nods from the literary world’s most prestigious award panels. These titles are on every ‘best of the year’ list we’ve seen so far, so the literary lover on your list is sure to be pleased with any one of them.
1. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
2. Redeployment by Phil Klay
3. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
4. To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
5. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
6. A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
7. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
8. Bark by Lorrie Moore
9. Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
10. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
We’ll take one too, Santa.
We’ve always been drawn to fiction (our ever-growing reading pile proves it) but lately non-fiction titles have been grabbing our attention. Our new-found interest isn’t making that book stack any smaller, but the weather’s getting nicer and books are the perfect beach accessory. Here are six non-fiction reads to add to your list.
1. Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Orthadox Girlhood by Leah Vincent ~ An electrifying memoir about a young woman’s promiscuous and self-destructive spiral after being cast out of her ultra-Orthodox Jewish family. 2. A Breast Cancer Alphabet by Madhulika Sikka ~ What Madhulika Sikka didn’t foresee when initially diagnosed are the unexpected and minute challenges that make navigating the world of breast cancer all the trickier. Her collection of personal essays is a definitive and approachable guide to life during, and after, breast cancer for patients and their loved ones. 3. The Soil Will Save Us by Kristin Ohlson ~ Healthy soil solves a myriad of problems: drought, erosion, air and water pollution, and food quality, as well as climate change. Ohlson’s discoveries and vivid storytelling will revolutionize the way we think about our food, our landscapes, our plants, and our relationship to Earth.
4. Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar by Kelly Oxford ~ Let this video explain it. 5. Listen to the Squawking Chicken by Elaine Lui (yes, that Elaine Lui) ~ A loving mother-daughter memoir that will have readers laughing out loud, gasping in shock, and reconsidering the honesty and guts it takes to be a parent. 6. Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale ~ Reminiscent of Sloan Crosley’s essays and Lena Dunham’s Girls, Graduates in Wonderland is an intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of two young women as they embark upon adulthood.
We spend a lot of time with books. No really, it’s a full-time job. There are countless perks to a job in the book business, but it comes with a downside too. The reading pile. The ever-growing, never-shrinking reading pile. We hear about more good books in a day then we could read in a lifetime, so whittling our reading list down to something achievable has become a bit of an art. We’re starting this year off with six reads that have had every editor talking.
1. Perfect: A Novel by Rachel Joyce. 2. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. 3. On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee. 4. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. 5. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. 6. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.