On My Nightstand: January 2018

So many books, so little time!  Here’s a look at some of my upcoming reads, which are currently sitting on my nightstand, demanding to be devoured.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Hamid’s Exit West was one of the most talked-about books last year, so it’s about time I read it!  I’m currently two chapters in and I’m finding it hard to put this one down.

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Smith’s newest, Swing Time, has been on my radar since it was first announced, though I have to admit I’m a bit skeptical because it’ll be my first Zadie and I’ve heard it’s not her best.

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

The Mothers is probably the book I’m most excited about on this list!  Not only is the cover absolutely stunning, but so is Bennett’s prose.

The Girls by Emma Cline

The Girls was the book of the summer in 2016, and for some reason I never got around to it.  I’m still looking forward to this Manson-esque coming-of-age story that Random House reportedly acquired in a seven-figure, multi-book deal (quite a feat for a debut novelist).

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Goon Squad is one that I really don’t know too much about other than it won a Pulitzer, but the publication of Egan’s newest release, Manhattan Beach, has gotten me curious about Goon Squad.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

Kavalier and Clay will be my first Chabon, and it’s an absolute behemoth, but it’s his most popular and I’ve heard it’s a good one to start with.

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Groff’s Fates and Furies seems like the quintessential love-it-or-hate-it book, but I’m hoping my own reading experience is the former!

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Beatty won the 2016 Man Booker Prize with The Sellout, so it’s been on my to-read list for a while.  As with Goon Squad, I know virtually nothing about it, so I’m anxious to pick it up.

Have you read any of these books?  Which one do you think I should read first?  Let’s chat in the comments!

xx,
Hannah

16 comments

  1. I LOVED Exit West and I very much enjoyed The Mothers, too. (I agree with your assessment of The Mothers’ cover…so beautiful.) Of the others, I’ve read The Sellout, which I thought was brilliant even if I didn’t completely enjoy it, and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, which I read many years ago in the midst of a breakup, so my opinion of it is blurry and not to be trusted. Regardless, it looks like you’ve got a great month of reading ahead of you!

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  2. The Sellout was definitely interesting. It took me forever to read it because the writing is so dense! It was one of the first books I read when I started reading consistently and it probably wasn’t my best decision haha. There’s probably a lot I missed.

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  3. I knew nothing about Goon Squad going in, and was kinda cranky that my roommate was pressuring me to read it, but within pages I was hooked. You’ll know really quickly whether you’ll love it or want to put it away.

    With Fates and Furies, just hold on for the second half. Fates was really slow for me, but furies made it all worth it.

    I’m excited to hear your thoughts on all of these 🙂

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  4. All of these are on my TBR and half I’ve already purchased… TOO MANY BOOKS! And they all sound so good. No idea what I’ll end up reading this year, the only ones I know for certain are be book club choices because I’m forced to read those.

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  5. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on these! I absolutely adored Exit West. Fates and Furies is… not my favorite book to say the least, but I’ll be curious to see what you think of it, because as you say, it’s very love it or hate it. And I’ve been meaning to read The Mothers for ages, I hope it’s good!

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    1. I started Exit West as soon as I got it back in December, but then I realized I had so many ARC’s to read and I unfortunately had to set it aside. The struggle of being a book blogger, I guess! As for Fates and Furies, I’m actually kind of nervous to start it given all the mixed reviews, so I think I’ll put it off for now. Thanks!

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