And happy Friday to ya!
At the end of 2017 I took a look back at all of the books I read, and I realized that there was a gaping hole. Because of that, I decided to make it one of my 2018 goals: to read more adult fiction.
I really, really want to read more adult books, not because I’m an adult and I feel I should, but because I feel that I’m missing out on some really great reads. And I hate to think that because I don’t love to to step outside of my comfort zone I’m short changing myself.
There’s just a little problem … I’m not exactly sure where to start. I’ve tried wandering the adult fiction section of my library and I felt lost. Judging by the few adult books I have read in the past, I know that I like quirkier books. I’m not looking to read the latest James Patterson book – not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I know that it’s just NOT a “Nicole” kind of book. But how does one search for “quirkier” books? It’s not like quirk is a genre.
In the past these are the adult books I read and have enjoyed:
- Eating the Cheshire Cat by Helen Ellis
- Whores on the Hill by Colleen Curran
- Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
- Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
- Swamplandia by Karen Russell
Wandering the stacks I felt like I couldn’t find a book that suited me and my tastes. I picked up a few, and from summaries that sounded like books I couldn’t relate to. I tried judging by the cover, but nothing stood out. Nothing caught my eye. Everything felt … blah.
When all else failed I took to Amazon, and randomly started searching. I’ve made a list, but it’s a very short list. The adult books that seem interesting enough for me to want to read are:
- A Visit From the Good Squad by Jennifer Egan
- The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
- The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
- The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston
But readers … I want more.
That’s why I’m reaching out to you, dear readers. I’m asking all of you to suggest some really great, really quirky adult books. Because I am not ready to take a giant leap outside of my reading comfort zone, I’m asking specifically for works for pure fiction.
With that, I want to say THANK YOU in advance. I just know you are going to suggest a few of my new favorite books!