January: A book to change the year. Maybe that’s Marie Kondo’s “Art of Tidying Up” or “Who Moved My Cheese?” Something that helps you evaluate you or your life.
February: An anti-Valentine’s book. Maybe it’s a book about a break-up, or the literary equivalent of Bethany’s former “Single Gals Sci-Fi Spectacular Movie Night” parties held on or around that February holiday. Basically, explosions are good. Romance, not so much for this month.
March: A “Best Books before…<insert your age here>.” One of the Word Nerds has a milestone birthday this year. We think this is a good list to choose from here: http://www.listchallenges.com/oprahs40book
April: A book with a food item in the title
May: Go to the “new releases” shelf at your local library. Pick one. Read it.
June: A biography or autobiography
July: Early detective fiction (anything before 1950). This lets you pick “Maltese Falcon” or “Strangers on a Train” if you want. Or Sherlock Holmes.
August: A book you’ve been given or bought for yourself that you just haven’t read yet (three years running. Surely you have one left…)
September: A book on the Banned/Challenged Books list
October: A title with a person in it (aka, Girl on the Train, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas)
November: A book that has been adapted to a movie.
December: A 2017 debut novelist’s work.
As always, here’s a list of debut works that we think look interesting!
- The Half-Drowned King, Linnea Hartsuyker
- The Witchfinder’s Sister, Beth Underdown