TGIF: What's making me happy this week

I want Friday posts to be a bit of fun here on the blog and so I was inspired by the NPR Politics and the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcasts to share a segment at the end of the week about something that's making me happy/something I can't let go. 

This week: The Millions' Great 2017 Book Preview!

There are so many great books on this list - if you're ever at a loss for new books to read this year, just come back to this list and there'll be something to get excited about. It's been a dreary week, but a big list of new books to read this year is always sure to cheer me up. Now, it's The Millions so the only books they suggest are the critical, literary darlings. Don't worry I have a whole other list of most anticipated YA and SFF books for 2017 - I really wanted Wayfarer  (the second book in the Passenger duology) to be my first 2017 new release read, but since I ordered the US hardback edition it's estimated delivery is in February. Fingers crossed the estimate is overly conservative because that is much too long to wait.  

Anyway, here are a few of my favourites from The Millions list:

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

I am such a big fan of George Saunders. I'm interested to see how he does in the novel format. It's an Abraham Lincoln novel, which is quite an ambitious choice and not one I would usually be excited about...but it's George Saunders so I'm in.

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

I wasn't a big fan on John Darnielle's first novel, it never drew me in even after several attempts (I might give it another go). But I love his lyrics and this sounds more in the style of his music - 1990s Iowan video clerk is a voice I can hear in his music quite easily. 

The Idiot by Elif Batuman

This is exactly why I love this list every year - I always find titles and writers I've never heard of that sound interesting.

The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

I am all in for a Joan of Arc retelling, especially a dystopian and vaguely sci-fi retelling. Yes, please, to all books about female saints - some of history's important, if sometimes overlooked, women. 

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Yes, it's they hypiest of hype books, but it sounds like these stories are going to be important to read, given world events and the challenges we're facing this year.

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah

I'm definitely here for short stories with magical realism. I'm getting a Helen Oyeyemi feeling from the blurb, so that has me intrigued but I'm also just interested in a new literary voice for short stories

Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang

I love Jenny Zhang's poetry. This will be her first collection of short stories and I'm curious to see how she takes her irreverent and incisive observations to prose. Though I do take some of the more 'cool/hip' writers with a grain of salt.


Ok, here's to a week of good books and good coffee!