Books I want to read in 2017 with commentary inspired by Roxane Gay

The frank list of the books that I’d like to read in 2017, and why.

BECAUSE NO ONE WANTS TO BE ONE
Bad Feminist — Roxane Gay

BECAUSE TIN HOUSE PUBLISHED IT AND EVERYONE ON THE INTERNET IS VERY EXCITED ABOUT IT
Swimming Lessons — Claire Fuller

BECAUSE THE EXCERPT ALONE AGO MADE ME BAWL
Grief is The Thing with Feathers — Max Porter

BECAUSE THE GENERAL PUBLIC CLAIMS THIS BOOK IS LIFE-CHANGING
Wild — Cheryl Strayd

BECAUSE CHLOE
Women — Chloe Caldwell
I’ll Tell You in Person — Chloe Caldwell

BECAUSE FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS OF GENDER ISSUES ARE IMPORTANT 
Argonauts — Maggie Nelson

BECAUSE I HAVE A COPY
The Wangs vs. The World — Jade Chang

BECAUSE I LIVED IN THE SAME APARTMENT AS CATHERINE LACEY WHEN I LIVED IN NEW YORK
The Art of the Affair — Catherine Lacey

BECAUSE THE TITLE SAYS IT ALL
Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl — Carrie Brownstein

BECAUSE IT’S ABOUT LIFE AFTER COLLEGE AND IT’LL PROBABLY BE CATHARTIC, ETC.
The Futures — Anna Pitoniak

BECAUSE IT WON THE GILLER PRIZE AND CANADIAN LITERATURE IS IMPORTANT AND USUALLY I IGNORE BOTH AWARD WINNERS AND CANLIT AND THIS IS DESPICABLE
Do Not Say We Have Nothing — Madeleine Thien

BECAUSE I DON’T BELIEVE THAT FERRANTE IS A WOMAN AFTER THIS ONE INTERVIEW I READ IN BRICK
My Brilliant Friend — Elena Ferrante

BECAUSE IT’S ON THE NYT BEST-SELLER LIST AND MY MOTHER GAVE IT TO ME FOR CHRISTMAS
Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo — Boris FIshman

BECAUSE IT’S STUNNING
Tender is the Night — F Scott Fitzgerald

BECAUSE AYDEN IS A FRIEND AND AN INSPIRATION
Odyssey Works — Ayden Leroux

BECAUSE IT COMES RECOMMENDED AND HATED SIMULTANEOUSLY
Rich and Pretty — Rumaan Alam

BECAUSE EVERYONE WAS READING THIS WHEN I WAS IN NEW YORK AND I NEVER GOT AROUND TO IT
Boyfriend Mountain — Kelly Schirmann and Tyler Brewington

BECAUSE POETRY AND ILLUSTRATION BELONG TOGETHER
The Pocketknife Bible — Anis Mojgani

*This is not in any particular order. I am still taking suggestions.


Originally published at mysymmetry.tumblr.com.