I’ve been away from the blog for about a month but now we face a new year. The end of the semester (I’m a full-time teacher) is always like that. Busy busy.
Like a lot of people, I’m pondering what’s next, what I need to work on, and what I’d like to accomplish in 2020.
But the biggie is what do I want to read in 2020. Here’s a couple of items on my list.
The Only Good Indians
Stephen Graham Jones has become something of a recent find and I can’t wait for his next book, which has a May, 2020 publication schedule. Jones is a Blackfeet Native American who first got my attention with his novel Mongrels, a very unique take on the werewolf narrative. The Only Good Indians sounds to be quite a take on the ghost story, with a Native American bent. Can’t wait!
The Last Emperox
On the fantasy and science fiction side of the world, I’ve had a difficult time getting into much of anything the last couple of years. A notable exception is John Scalzi. His book Red Shirts was great as is his Old Man’s War series. The Interdependency trilogy, which I’ve enjoyed immensely, concludes in April 2020 in The Last Emperox. Let me tell you, this series has been epic space opera at its very best.
American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI
There are a number of non-fiction history books I’m looking forward to in 2020 and this one, by Kate Winkler Dawson, tops the list for me. I enjoy learning how practices and procedures used today came to be. It is my hope in the new year that this book will deliver. This one’s going to release pretty soon – February 11.
Of course these three aren’t the only things I plan to read in 2020. I typically get through a book or two a week, depending on length and time. There are some classics I want to revisit, including some that got me hooked on reading, and some missed great ones I need to pick up.
As we head into the new year, what are your reading recommendations?