New year, new books to add to that TBR list.
The Dreamers, Karen Thompson Walker
A mysterious illness is sweeping the nation. People are falling asleep and not walking up. They aren't dead, their just getting the best sleep of their lives. Doctors have no idea what's going on. Those affected have above average brain activity, meaning they're dreaming. A lot. But about what? No one knows.
This sounds like a less horrific version of Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King. I chose this book because it sounds interesting, it isn't about the Keto diet or throwing away eighty percent of your possessions, and Emily St. John Mandel said it was "stunning." I read Station Eleven by Mandel and found it stunning. Last Night in Montreal by Mandel was my book club selection for February. So, maybe I'm a little bit in to Emily St. John Mandel. Oh, and she'll be in Fort Smith doing a reading on March 26th. I'm so here for it that I'm already there. Just camped out at the college. No big deal.
My Life Among the Underdogs, Tia Torres
Tia Torres has devoted her life to rescuing dogs, primarily pitbulls. At her rescue in New Orleans, she employs paroles; giving a second chance to those who commonly don't get a second chance. Her children, who are equally kind-hearted, have devoted their lives to the rescue as well. In fact, one of her daughters brought home a couple of boys from school one day and Tia sort of adopted them as well. She's generous, selfless, and she works her butt off.
I chose this book because, like Tia, I have a soft spot those who have the cards stacked against them from the get go. Unlike Tia, I do little about it. I mean, I send a monthly donation to her dog rescue, but that's about it. I have Tia's empathy, but lack her follow-through and certainly her work ethic.
Okay, this is normally where I make a dig at James Patterson. This week I'm putting my thing down flippin' it and reversin' it. That sounds grosser than I intended. It was brought to my attention by a friend that Jimmy Pat gives what he calls a Christmas bonus to independent booksellers and our very own Chapters on Main was one of the 2018 recipients. Look, I knew this about him. James Patterson is actually hella supportive of small, indie booksellers and libraries alike, which is rad. It's difficult competing with the Amazons and the Books-A-Millions. So, good on you, Jimmy Pat, good on you.
One final thing, On the Come Up by Angie Thomas will be out February 5th. If you're unfamiliar with Angie Thomas, do yourself a favor and get familiar. Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, was incredible. Absolutely incredible. It should one hundred percent be required reading. So, mark it on your calendar, set a reminder on your phone, whatever; come February 5th, take yourself to your local indie bookstore and buy this book.