Well, of course there aren't just three. That would be preposterous, and probably get me kicked out of the book bloggers' union. But I happen to be in a lovely place in my to-be-read pile (I can see over it if I stand on my tiptoes ;D) and thought I'd share a few I'm excited about:
1. On my bookshelf:
Above are a few of the books that have been waiting for me so very, very patiently... two are short story collections: Edna O'Brien's Saints and Sinners (Back Bay Books, 2011) and Shann Ray's American Masculine (Graywolf Press, 2011). While I'm not actually a fan of her music, I am really looking forward to reading Patti Smith's memoir Just Kids (Ecco, 2010) which won a National Book Award last year. Vanessa Diffenbaugh's The Language of Flowers (Ballantine, 2011) sounds like a truly lovely novel and a perfect read for anyone who feels the garden beckoning.
2. On my hard drive:
I was beyond delighted to receive an electronic review copy of Jac Jemc's My Only Wife from Dzanc Books, and can't wait to dig in. The description from the Dzanc website:
Ten years ago the narrator unlocked the door of a wrecked apartment, empty of any trace of his wife. As stunning as her disappearance is his response. He freezes on the facts of her, haunting his recollections. This is the story of a man unable to free himself enough from the idea of a woman to try to find her.I'm already enchanted.
3. On my wish list:
Patrick Somerville - his new novel This Bright River is coming out later this spring/early this summer from Little, Brown. The publishers call it "a compelling family drama and a surprising love story," but from past experience I'm anticipating it will also be brilliant writing.
Which books are piled up on your bedside table or queued up in your e-reader or on your wishlist? Share in the comments, and happy reading!