People We Meet on Vacation, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, Ugly Love, and my first ever Colleen Hoover!
Expectations, trends, and wistful thinking... in publishing, reader sites, booktok, bookstagram, booktwt, and more.
Among other things, 2021 was a great year to read. Reading is an activity ready-made for COVID: it's done alone, often at home, but it also creates communities—both on the page and around the world. Featuring dark academia, science fiction, and reading slumps.
Arkady Martine has, with one stunning novel, cemented herself among the Science Fiction greats. Plus, A Memory Called Empire is *fast*. Fast like a heart-pounding, adrenaline-rich action thriller, not to mention genuinely funny, emotional, and meticulously constructed.