This is the fourth year that Teresa and I have done what’s become one of our favorite traditions: each of us gives the other five book recommendations to read sometime during the coming year. Sometimes they’re books we’ve wanted the other person to read for decades (no, literally, decades — we’ve been swapping book recommendations that long.) Sometimes they’re something hot off the presses that we know the other person will love. The best thing about the swap is that we have an absolutely amazing track record: so far, we have had absolutely no failures. With no further swanning about, let’s see how we’ll do in 2014!
Jenny’s Picks for Teresa
1. The Translator by John Crowley
2. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
3. A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor
4. The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West
5. No Name by Wilkie Collins
Teresa’s Picks for Jenny
1. This Isn’t the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You by Jon McGregor
2. Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton
3. The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
4. Elizabeth and Hazel by David Margolick
5. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Teresa: Well. those are all books that I’ve been wanting to read, so that’s exciting. It’s always a joy to get the push to do something I want to do but haven’t managed to do yet. And I knew The Translator would be on there. But yikes! A Suitable Boy! I’ve been wanting to read that for years, but I may need to take a vacation just find time to read it. Oh, well, at least I’ll be ready for the sequel in 2016!
Jenny: I actually dithered the longest over that one, because it is such a chunkster. If you find it too daunting and you don’t really have the time or the brain space, one of my very favorite books of all time is Seth’s An Equal Music, and I can put that one on as an alternate, to give you some wiggle room!
The two that I’m looking forward to most are the Jon McGregor — I was looking for that book just before the holidays — and the Jon Krakauer. Both have been on my mental list for some time. But the others look wonderful! I’m least familiar with the Margolick, but it looks fantastic. I can’t wait.