With the holidays coming, I think we all have the same things on our minds: what books are we going to be adding to our beloved and monstrous collections?! This time of year, I ask for a few books from loved ones who are so inclined to buy me a gift, but I also treat myself a bit more than usual. This year, here are five titles I’ve got my eye on!
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
In October, I took a solo trip to the west coast of the US. While I was there, I, of course, purchased a few books. One of those was Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur. I sat in coffee shops, hostel living rooms, and by the beach pouring over Kaur’s beautiful words and art. Hers is a kind of poetry that I connect with very deeply. I found myself deep in contemplation, sometimes brought to tears. I am not alone in this, as Kaur is now a NYT bestseller. I love that. I’m so excited that poetry is making its way into the mainstream. This collection promises to be just as good as her last, so I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on it.
The Power by Naomi Alderman
This one has been getting some serious critical acclaim. It’s been getting tons of starred reviews and won the 2017 Bailey prize. Not only so, but one of my pals read it and couldn’t stop gushing: YOU WOULD LOVE THIS, she said. Feminist speculative fiction? Count me all the way in.
Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History by Tori Telfer
I think we all know that I’m a murderino and a feminist . A book about female murders/serial killers? I am so here for that. So many people think that serial killers are all men. Certainly they are the ones that we hear about. And sure, most are men. But they aren’t the only ones! Women just tend to be sneakier and less gruesome about it. I can’t wait to read about these murderous ladies.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
Roxane Gay is an amazing woman and I love everything she does. I haven’t read too many of her books, but what I have read of hers is excellent. When this book was making the round at Book Riot, I heard nothing but praise. Of late, I’ve been really into essay collections. Hunger is a collection of essays about food, weight, self-image, and more. I’ve heard that this one will make you nod vigorously in agreement, and just openly weep. It sounds like the kind of thing I just need to have on my shelf.
Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition by JK Rowling and Jim Kay
I’m not sure that this really requires much in the way of an explanation. Obviously I need the latest illustrated edition of Harry Potter. I have the first two. And the Prisoner of Azkaban is my favourite book in the series. I’ve managed to avoid flipping through it at the bookstore, wanting to save my first viewing of Jim Kay’s amazing illustrations for Christmas!
What’s on your wishlist?
Beth O’Brien is a library assistant and book blogger. Born and raised in Atlantic Canada, she lives in picturesque Nova Scotia with her cat Edith. You can often find her rocking double denim with her nose in a book and a craft beer in her hand. Follow her on Twitter @fuelldbyfiction.