My list of books to read this month

“The Rules of Magic”

By Alice Hoffman

I know nothing about this book other than that I’ve seen several trusted readers raving about it. Let’s hope it’s, well, magic.

“Manhattan Beach”

By Jennifer Egan

Spoiler: I already almost-finished this one and have some… thoughts. I was hooked until 3/4 of the way through when she switches to a new character and I checked out harder and faster than I ever have reading a book! The Goodread reviews confirm I wasn’t alone in thinking this. Egan’s writing is exquisite and she’s definitely a must-read. Just check this one out from the library before you buy.

“My Favorite Thing is Monsters”

By Emil Ferris

I loved listening to Emil Ferris talk about her work at the Chicago Humanities Festival. The Chicago book community has been buzzing about her graphic novel, set in Uptown, for some time. I’m excited to finally read it and get lost in its illustrations.

“Bad Feminist” by Roaxane Gay

“Once I was Cool” by Megan Stielstra

These writers’ essays are like old friends. It’s cold and I need them again.

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