If you’re anything like me, your “To Read” list is always growing. I have an Amazon wish list dedicated to all the books I hope to read, whether I purchase them on Amazon or check them out from the local library. Here are 10 titles I’ve got my eye on at the moment.
1. Severance by
Anyone else into the post-apocalyptic and dystopian niche of fiction, like, to a fault? This novel seems like an interesting new take because it weaves in some satire, too.
Candace is a young woman working in Manhattan, and when a massive plague strikes, New York grinds to a halt. Soon she joins up with a group of survivors, and as always, secrets and intrigue within the group are as dangerous as the threat of sickness and death.
2. Tin Man by Sarah Winman
Ellis and Michael meet at age 12 and grow up as inseparable best friends. Together they bike the streets of their hometown in Oxford, learn to swim, and survive abusive families with each others’ support.
Eventually, it blossoms into a relationship, but when the timeline jumps forward, Ellis is married to a woman named Annie and Michael is nowhere to be seen. So what happened, and do they reunite? I MUST KNOW.
3. My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward by Mark Lukach
I heard about this book, a memoir account of real events, on the podcast Committed, and I’ve been thinking about getting my hands on it ever since.
Mark and Giulia are young, in love and seem to have it all when she as a psychotic break at age 27. She is treated in an inpatient unit and improves, but suffers a second and third break after the birth of their son. I’m so interested in mental health-related memoirs, and this one from the perspective of a spouse will, I’m sure, be so heartbreaking and heart-warming all at once.
4. Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller
I love a thriller, and this one set in 1969, in an old English mansion, seems like it has some really mystical elements to it. The main character, Frances, meets couple Peter and Cara while on a trip and begins spying on them through a peephole in her floorboards above their room. The three become friends, but Frances gets caught up in some kind of crime and mystery situation that I’m dying to know more about.
5. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
This book is the English-language debut for Murata, who is well-known in Japan. Her protagonist in this novel seems like a really original character, and I just want to get to know her!
Tokyo resident Keiko Furukura has never really fit in with her family or her peers, and at 18 when she begins working at Smile Mart, it feels like she finally finds somewhere to belong. Now 36, her family is pressuring her to find a better job, get married and start a family.
6. Every Other Weekend by Zulema Renee Summerfield
Set in 1988 in southern California, 8-year-old Nenny is experiencing her parents’ divorce and the restructuring of her whole life. She, her mother and siblings move in with her new stepfather and his children. She’s always been a bit nervous, but her anxieties intensify, and she starts envisioning earthquakes, home invasions and more.
The summary mentions that real tragedy does eventually strike Nenny, but aside from wanting to know more about that, I want to dive into the mind and musings of an anxious kid in this life transition.
7. The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang
After reading Wang’s Light Gets In, I’m obsessed with her nonfiction writing. This book seems like an expanded version of her essays I’ve read online about her experiences living with schizoaffective disorder and Cotard’s delusion, a rare condition in which the person who has it believes they’re dead.
Wang has a special way of helping her reader understand schizophrenia, which is one of the most commonly misunderstood mental health conditions. I’ve appreciated all her past insight on the topic, and I can’t wait to learn from this work of hers, too.
8. Unwifeable: A Memoir by Mandy Stadtmiller
If you describe something as Sex and the City on acid, I’m running toward it at full speed, so the Amazon description on this book has me sold.
When the author was 30, she was newly divorced and moving to Manhattan for a coveted position at The New York Post. At first, the drugs, parties and glamorous lifestyle are fun, but soon they become more dangerous than desirable. I’m thinking this memoir will be a great summer read.
9. Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James
I love sci-fi and fantasy books, and this one seems so original.
Protagonist Tracker is asked to find a missing boy who disappeared three years earlier, along with a supernatural crew of characters with interesting powers. The group travels through ancient cities and rainforests on their search, and the plot seems to have some twists and turns based on the summary. The book is based on African mythology, so I’m excited to dive in and learn something new about African lore.
10. Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb
Again with the mental health memoirs, I know.
Lori Gottlieb is a therapist in Los Angeles who, because of a personal crisis, ends up seeing her own therapist, Wendell. Through her own experience as a provider and her experience as a patient, while also diving into the narratives of some of her own patients, Gottlieb shares insight on everything she has learned about being a human and changing one’s life.