Figuring out what to read for this square is different for everybody and may take a little self-reflection. A tricky part is not launching yourself into The Land of Titles That Would Be Horribly Painful And I Would Never Finish, defeating the whole point of actually reading something. I do recommend spending a few moments pondering your reading landscape and roughly mapping out the edges of your usual genre zones. Once you know where you’ve been, then take a look at the suggestions below for discovering new territory- this is a great chance to ride the range, fall in love, witness history, travel through space, slay a dragon, or help a tabby solve a murder.
Not read many sexy dragon humorous romance novels lately? You’re in luck! In Love In The Time of Dragons by local author Katie MacAlister, a suburban mom wakes up in a strange place surrounded by people who insist she is a notorious ancient dragon named Ysolde de Bouchier. My favorite character: Jim, a snarky demon in the shape of a giant Newfoundland dog.
Wondering whatever happened to the 2002 Oakland A’s draft picks? Yeah, neither was I. Then I picked up Fantasy Life: Baseball And The American Dream by Tabitha Soren to read the interspersed short stories by Dave Eggers and the photographs and profiles got me thinking about what it means to follow a dream, how we define success, and the role of sports in our culture.
Do the words “Set in the Old West” usually make you mosey along to a different book? Beverly Jenkins is here to stop you in your tracks. Forbidden features memorable characters who strive to build successful, independent lives for themselves while battling the slow burn of an undeniable attraction that could cost them their dreams.
Does experimental nonfiction sound intimidating? Try it out with the short, quirky The Address Book by Sophie Calle. This work began when the author found a lost address book and turned into an earnest character study as she interviewed the people listed in it to try to understand the owner.