New Releases Jan-Apr 2018 personally read by yours truly.
There are many “Best” book lists compiled and curated by editorial teams around the globe. But, what makes ours different is that I have personally read every book here, a herculean effort requiring intense concentration at a pace of a book a night for three consecutive months. How (and why) did I accomplish this? The short answer is Volumetric Reading, which entails reading for four uninterrupted hours between 9pm-1am after my kids go to bed. I do this because I’m tired of recycled curation — bloggers re-curating other curated lists. I also do it to save you from reading a dud. For every book recommended, there were at least three hurled against a wall in frustration. That stack below only yielded four finalists.
A photo of just one of the stacks I read. Only a few of these made the cut.
I push myself to absorb an incredible amount of literature like the boa digesting an elephant in Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince. I binged like a maniac to create The What’s Best Fiction Books For Spring. Now I will go into hibernation until June before compiling TW’s Fall List. Similar to what appears on our weekly What List, my literary tastes run eclectic from Adiche to Atwood, Egan to Eggers, Franzen to Faulkner, Morrison to Murakami, and Vida to Vonnegut to name a few. I also want to mention that at the wise urging of my civic-minded friend Adam Moore I purchased every book at Book Passage, my local bookstore because it’s vital we support independent book stores–the true havens of community and connection. I hope you enjoy reading these selections as much as I did. You can do us a solid by sharing this post far and wide.
Note: This literary feature is supported by the publishers of the very excellent non-fiction book The Myth of The Nice Girl by Fran Hauser but our picks, as always, are 100% tried-and-true editorial.
Gina Pell is the Content Chief and resident binge reader at The What, a clever list for curious people. If you like our picks, you’ll love The What List. Get The What in your inbox.