2016 Reading List
Happy New Year, lovely readers! 2016 is going to be a year of brilliant new books so I’ve put together a reading list that I plan on following this year. My New Year’s Resolution is to read more Javier Marías. We were standing in Plaza Mayor when my friend said Marías lives there. Embarrassed, I finally admitted to him that I didn’t know who Marías was. That was almost ten years ago, since then I’ve seen his work reviewed in the Los Angles Times. Most recently his book, The Infatuations was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award. I haven’t read The Infatuations but I have read A Heart so White, a haunting novel about the past.
Some Rain Must Fall: My Struggle Book 5 by Karl Ove Knausgaard (Archipelago). This is the fifth book in the six book autobiography. I can’t stop reading Knausgaard. Usually I don’t read autobiographies and I definitely didn’t plan to read four volumes, but it’s just so good.
Our Young Man by Edmund White (Bloomsbury). While at university, I read A Boy’s Own Story. It was a powerful autobiography; the lyrical prose and portrayal of homosexuality was beautiful. I haven’t read any of White’s novels, but Our Young Man is on my list. Look at the synopsis here and look for the novel April 5, 2016.
Autumn by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton). I’m not sure what Smith’s new novel is about as there isn’t a synopsis listed, but it’s Ali Smith. All of her work is exceptional, just read How to be Both, which won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. It looks like a late summer release so I recommend reading her recent short story collection, Public Library & Other Stories.
Let’s start with Marías in February. Happy reading! xo