Looking for book recommendations? My list of the best contemporary books I've read for fun this year:
1) Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (fiction) - A young teenager deals with death of uncle. And it's bloody, bloody brilliant.
2) Flight Behavior
by Barbara Kingsolver (fiction) - Housewife discovers butterfly
migration and then herself. Some of the best characterization I read
3) Far from the Tree
by Andrew Solomon (non-fiction) - Dry but compelling overview of
parents whose children belong to a different identity category from them
(autistic, deaf, musical prodigies, deaf, criminal etc.)
4) The Last Policeman/Countdown City
by Ben Winters (SF/mystery) - Detective ignores apocalypse, focuses on
solving crimes. Tackles some big philosophical issues in a convincing
genre pairing. Mystery lovers - check this one out.
5) We are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (fiction) - Young woman grapples with fallout after being raised to think of a chimp as her sister.
6) The Scorpio Races
by Maggie Stiefvater (YA fantasy) - For once, a YA novel that both made
me root for its romance and seriously worry about the fate of the
heroine. Also, it has terrifying carnivorous horses.
7) Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (SF) - Tight plot, interesting lead.
8) Fun Home
by Alison Bechdel (memoir/graphic novel) - Bechdel describes her
belated discovery of her dead father's secret homosexual life in graphic
9) On Saudi Arabia by Karen Elliott House (non-fiction) - Good overview of contemporary Saudi and its issues.
10) Wild by Cheryl Strayed (memoir) - It almost convinced me to hike the PCT, and that's saying something.