This is the fifth year that Teresa and I have participated in 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 ages. Sometimes they’re something we’ve only read in the past year, but we know the other person will love it! The best thing about the swap is that we have an absolutely amazing track record: we’ve had varying degrees of success, but so far, we have had absolutely no failures. With no further swanning about, let’s see how we’ll do in 2015!
Jenny’s Picks for Teresa:
1. The Living, Annie Dillard
2. Green Grass, Running Water, Thomas King
3. Tenth of December, George Saunders
4. My Bright Abyss, Christian Wiman
5. The Man Who Loved Children, Christina Stead
Jenny: This year, seeing that you were participating in the TBR dare, I browsed your list, and three of the books are chosen from your own stacks. I absolutely cannot wait to see what you think of them!
Teresa: Ha! I do appreciate the consideration—although I completely forgot I had that Annie Dillard book until I saw it on your list. The Man Who Loved Children is already on my mental list, so I’m looking forward to that. And My Bright Abyss is completely unfamiliar to me so that will be a fun new discovery.
Teresa’s List for Jenny
1. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
2. The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara
3. A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid
4. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
5. The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey
Jenny: Some of these books have been on my radar for quite a while, and some just since you reviewed them! I am especially looking forward to the Jamaica Kincaid, since I just finished teaching a course on Caribbean literature. I’d thought I would start my Maggie Stiefvater experience with the Raven Boys series, but since you recommend this one, I’m very eager to try it. Another good year for me… and you, I hope!
Teresa: I went back and forth about The Raven Boys and The Scorpio Races but decided to go with the latter because it’s a complete story. Plus, the Raven Cycle didn’t really pick up for me until the second book. But The Scorpio Races will give you a good taste of her writing. And I just realized that I accidentally created an island-themed list, with all but one book set on an island. Funny! I do hope you enjoy them!