It occurred to me that I keep blogging about what I am reading, while the titles a person wants to read are just as interesting. So, what’s on my bedside table (figuratively speaking)? As you may have realized by now, I like quirky books. I’m looking forward to the release of George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo this week. It centers around the graveyard young Willie Lincoln has been laid to rest in and President Lincoln is there too along with a whole cast of ghostly figures. The Bardo is a state referred to in Buddhism between death and rebirth. Sounds grim? It’s not. The reviews say it is a weird book, but highly original and quite humorous. It sounds to me like Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. By the way, if you haven’t read it, Gaiman’s book is one of those rare titles that is better listened to than read. Check out the audiobook.
I’m also anticipating the March release of Jessica Shattuck’s The Women in the Castle. It’s a unique World War II story told from the viewpoint of three widows of men who were executed for trying to assassinate Hitler. The women move to a crumbling estate and live together to raise their children and try to survive the war.
Did you enjoy Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train? This year’s pick in the “unreliable narrator” category is The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney. Librarian Kara Kohn says for LibraryReads, “Delaney’s debut clutches you by the throat and won’t let you go.” Place your holds now!