This is the sixth 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, as longtime friends, we know each other’s tastes so well: we’ve had varying degrees of success, but so far, we have had absolutely no failures. Let’s see how we’ll do in 2016!
Jenny’s Picks for Teresa:
1. Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
2. Bellwether by Connie Willis
3. The Forest Unseen by David George Haskell
4. Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada
5. Still Life by Louise Penny
Teresa’s Picks for Jenny:
- The Home and the World by Radmindranoth Tagore
2. Thorn by Intisar Khanani
3. Y: The Last Man (Vol. 1) by Brian Vaughn and Pia Guerra
4. The Silent Woman by Janet Malcolm
5. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Teresa: I see a couple on that list (Oyeyemi and Willis) that are already on my bookshelves, so that’s exciting, and two of the others (Fallada and Penny) were on my radar as books I’d like to try at some point. And Haskell is entirely new to me, but it looks interesting, so I’ll look forward to seeing what it’s all about.
Jenny: When you’re participating in the TBR Dare, I like to give you some choices before April! The Silent Woman and Life after Life are both on my TBR, so I’m glad to get the nudge to read them this year. All three of the others are books I’ve admired when you’ve reviewed them, but put them off until “someday.” I’m so excited to read them now! Bring on 2016!