Today’s topic: What are some of our favorite books of 2012 so far? Or what books are we looking forward to reading that are being promoted at BEA this week?
When I first started writing this post, there were only two books that I was looking forward to reading later on in the year. But after reading today’s Shelf Awareness, my tbr list has grown. So here’s the books that I’m looking forward to reading that are being promoted at BEA:
This is How You Lose Her by Junot Dίaz. Publication Date: September 2012 by Riverhead.
I’m not a bad guy. I know how that sounds—defensive, unscrupulous—but it’s true. I’m like everybody else: weak, full of mistakes, but basically good. Magdalena disagrees. She considers me a typical Dominican man: a sucio, an asshole.
Make Believe by Diana Athill. Reissued by Granta Books. Publication Date: October 5, 2012. In Make Believe, Athill tells readers about her relationship with Hakim Jamal, a follower of Malcolm X, whom she met in the late 1960s.
Once he raised his head to look down on me and I opened my eyes. It was not very dark so I could see him fairy clearly, and the shape and poise of his head and the grave tenderness of his expression made me shut my eyes again quickly. For an instant I had felt piercingly something which I suppose men to feel more often than women: the alarming power of beauty. It was a physical sensation, as though a floor under my heart had given way and it was about to drop into a gulf of excruciatingly intense longing for this magical creature. Once my eyelids shut the image out, the feeling stopped.
I’m also looking forward to reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. (July by Random House). The book is being called a “love story in reverse”. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (November, Free Press) is another book I’ve added to my reading list.
To find more books to add to your reading list, I suggest reading today’s Shelf Awareness newsletter and downloading BEA Buzz Books: Excerpts from over 30 Top Fall 2012 Titles from NetGalley.
So that’s what I’m looking forward to reading this year. What about you?