Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today is a FREEBIE Top Ten, which means we can pick whatever theme we’d like to!
Before I started blogging, one of my favorite genres to read was literary fiction, in particular books with something odd or quirky about them. But because my blog focuses on genre fiction, I don’t really read literary fiction anymore, because I just don’t have time. BUT if I did, these following ten books would be at the top of my list. For the sake of narrowing things down, all of these books are new releases, or soon-to-be released:
1. City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg. This story is set in the 1970s, and features a real event, the New York City blackout of 1977. So, New York City, in the 1970s, rock ‘n roll, and complex relationships. That sounds like a great combination to me! Releases this October.
2. Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont. This is another story set in New York, about a married couple and the challenges they face when the husband’s secret life is discovered—by his children. This debut is already getting lots of attention from big-name authors. Releases this July.
3. The Turner House by Angela Flournoy. This story takes place in one of my favorite cities to read about (but not to visit!), Detroit. It sounds like an amazing family drama, and it’s also getting lots of attention. Now available.
4. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. I’m already a big Lauren Groff fan (she wrote one of my favorite pre-blogging blogs, The Monsters of Templeton), so it’s not a stretch to add this to my list. Groff’s story of the history of a marriage has been called “Gone Girl with nicer people.” I’ll be reading this for sure, no matter how many SFF review books I have:-D Releases this September.
5. Gold, Fame, Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins. OK, this book is nearly speculative fiction, as it takes place in the near future. Even though I’ve never heard of this author, I’m hearing amazing things about her. This is definitely a must-read for me, and I’ll be pre-ordering it for sure. Releases in September.
6. Delicious Foods by James Hannaham. This story looks very dark, from the description, and is about a mother, her son and a drug addiction. Now available.
7. Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum. From some of the reviews I’ve read of this book, the protagonist is an unlikable and unhappily married woman who sets out to find adventure, mostly in the form of extramarital affairs. Now available.
8. Sweetland by Michael Crummey. Canadian author Crummey tells the story of a man who lives on a tiny Canadian island and is offered big bucks if he’ll give up his home and leave the island. He refuses, and therein lies the story. I actually have a copy of this one, so I’m one step closer to reading it! Now available.
9. The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman. This is another book just shy of being speculative fiction, as it takes place in a future postapocalyptic society. I’m DYING to read this, and I need to buy a copy soon. Now available.
10. The Water Museum: Stories by Luis Alberto Urrea. Of course I had to have at least one short story collection on here! I have never read Urrea’s stories, but he’s supposed to be an amazing and award-winning author. Now available.
Have you read any of these books? Which ones should I try to read for sure?