I am someone who loves to read. Sadly though, I don’t always have the time to read as much as i’d like to. So I have a floating shelf beside my bed, with all the books on my, ‘to read list’. In today’s blog post, i’ll share with you just what books I look forward to reading.
- This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This Side of Paradise is the debut novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Published in 1920, which just so happens to be a time period I am absolutely fascinated by. The glamorous lifestyles, extravagant parties, and flappers, oh my! This book explores the theme of love warped by greed and status seeking. The success of this book brought Fitzgerald wealth, and his wife Zelda Fitzgerald to be together, but that same success is also what tore them apart. F. Scott Fitzgerald is my favorite author, and I have read most of his books, and biographies. So even I am surprised that his very first book is still on my read list.
- Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
Sweetbitter is the first book ever published by Stephanie Danler. The book is about a woman named Tess, who moves from Ohio to New York City, where she becomes a waitress without any other career goals. During her time in the city, Tess enters into a love triangle with two other employees at the restaurant at which she works: Jake, a bartender, and Simone, an older waitress, and learns a great deal about food. A few friends have recommended this particular book, and i’m interested to see if i’ll like it.
- New Wilderness Voices , A collection of essays from the Waterman Fund Contest
A bit of backstory as to what The Waterman Fund is first. Guy and Laura Waterman spent a lifetime reflecting on and writing about the mountains of the Northeast. Seeing as I live in the northeast, and hike the through the White Mountains yearly, I was particularly intrigued by this book. A book I found in a bookstore in Burlington, Vermont on my honeymoon. The Waterman Fund seeks to further their legacy of stewardship through an annual essay contest that celebrates and explores issues of wilderness, wildness, and humanity. Since 2008, the Waterman Fund has partnered with the journal Appalachia in seeking out new and emerging voices on these subjects, and in publishing the winning essay in the journal. Part of the contest’s mission is to find and support such emerging writers, and a number of them have gone on to publish other work in Appalachia or their own books. The contest has succeeded admirably in fulfilling its mission: new writers have brought fresh perspectives to these timeless issues of wilderness and wildness. In New Wilderness Voices these winning essays are collected for the first time, along with the best runners-up. Together, they make up an important and celebratory addition to the growing body of environmental literature, and shed new light on our wild spaces.
- The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
Rupi Kaur is one of the most famous poets all the millenials are freaking out about right now. Her first book Milk and Honey brought the author some serious attention, and all those artsy Instagram photos of her book with a cup of coffee, that 200+ of your followers would like. This book of poetry is divided into five parts. Wilting, Falling, Rooting, Rising, and Blooming. I read her first book, and fell in love with the poetry. The author delivers very profound thoughts on love, life, and even guides you through all those dark parts of life.
- Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers & Swells edited by Graydon Carter
Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells features great writers on great topics, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Clarence Darrow, D. H. Lawrence, e.e. cummings, John Maynard Keynes, Thomas Mann, Alexander Woollcott, Carl Sandburg, Djuna Barnes, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Dorothy Parker. These essays reflect the rich period of their creation while simultaneously addressing topics that would be recognizable in the magazine today, such as how women should navigate work and home life, our destructive fascination with the entertainment industry and with professional sports, and the collapse of public faith in the financial industry. Giving the readers a glimpse in the era of Gatsby, Bootleggers, & Flappers. Which is exactly why my darling husband bought this book for me for my birthday. He is so thoughtful.
What books do you plan to read in 2018? I would love to gather more suggestions on what to read, as I don’t always have the time to sift through the paper heaven that is called, a bookstore.