I’ve been in a bit of a reading funk. It happens every now and then where I can’t seem to get on a roll and sometimes it’s because other stuff is going on or I start a book and it’s not inspiring me to keep going for whatever reason. I know I’ll get back to it but it’s certainly put a damper on my goal for the year. Here’s to hoping a couple vacations can help me catch up over the next 10 months. Side note, how is it already May?
While in the funk, I have been thinking lots about the books I can’t wait to read. Books that are scheduled to come out at some point during this year and I thought I would share it for reading inspiration. Here is what I am looking forward to in no particular order:
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts 1 and 2 by J.K. Rowling – I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I loved the books and I’ve read them a couple times. The second time, finding even more magic than the first time I read them. I can’t help but say that it left a little void when the “last” book in the series came out. It was rewarding but at the same time,
a little sad. I don’t think I was alone in this because here comes more Harry Potter, nineteen years later in his world. The story is also the first time Harry Potter hits the stage – that’s on my anticipated show list – please come to Toronto after London!
Extreme Prey by John Sandford – John Sandford’s Prey series is one of my all time favourite series and I’ve been reading it for years. I met Lucas Davenport many years ago as a young Minnesota Police Officer and followed his journey from there meeting lots of interesting good and bad people on both sides of the law, racing through suspenseful stories and always being excited about the next book. Full honesty here, this one is waiting for me at my concierge as it just came out!
Eligible: A Modern Re-telling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld – I first came in contact with Sittenfeld when I read her novel “Prep” last year. I found it on one list or another while searching for something to read and I enjoyed it. I’m also a fan of Pride and Predjudice although I must say that it’s the story itself vs. the original novel. So that story in this time sounds like it’s right up my alley!
Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran – I’ve read a couple of Moran’s books and absolutely loved them. How to Be A Woman was the first one I read, a hilarious and honest book about Caitlin’s life as a woman and it was both a funny and refreshing read. Then I read her fictional novel, How to Be A Girl, and I loved it (one day I’ll tell you about it). Both of those are why I’m excited to read Moranifesto. And thanks to my darling cousin L, I don’t have to wait until November to read it as she brought me a copy home when she moved back to Canada last week. Thanks L!
The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver – We Need To Talk About Kevin was the first Shriver novel I ever read and it gripped me. I felt like I told everyone I knew to read it and loaned it out (slight regret, never got it back). I’ve read other books of hers like Big Brother, So Much For That and A Perfectly Good Family that I feel the same way about. She makes such honest and strong statements about things that are going on in the world and that’s why The Mandibles is on my list. I’ll be honest in saying I haven’t loved all of her books but I’ll always look forward to the next one and I highly recommend her novels.
Lots to look forward too and lots of books that I’ve collected over the past little while that I can’t wait to read. I’m pulling myself out of this funk and I’m going to get reading!
PS. I recommend all the books I mentioned!