As 2017 comes to a close, I think it's safe to say we should just, you know, celebrate the fact that we're still here at all. I mean, it's felt very touch-and-go most of the time this year. And yet, here we are still, hanging on by our fingernails.
And here we'll probably still be in 2018, so wouldn't it be nice to greet the new year with some exciting new books in hand? Or, if not technically in hand, at least in mind as something to look forward to, sparks of light in the dark chasm that is our future. Yes! Yes, it would be nice to do that.
Here, then, are 50 books that will help light your way through the darkness of the new year. (Not literally, of course. Don't burn books, kids! It is really not a cool thing to do. Instead, burn the rich!)
Neon in Daylight by Hermione Hoby (available January 9)
This book pulses with the sticky heat of summer and sex and power and desire. It's quiet, but insistent, that pulse, and you'll find yourself responding to its movement as you read Hoby's sharply observed debut novel, which centers around the intersecting lives of three people living in New York—a very secular trinity, indeed. There's no need to worry yourself with anything so reductive as what this book is about, exactly, because it's about everything important: infatuation and loneliness, the way in which art and life are impossibly serious and superficial all at once. It's about wants and needs and dead ends and new beginnings, and it's about Hoby masterfully spinning a sometimes deliriously beautiful, sometimes tragic tale of ambition and currency and lust and sloth. It's about New York in the summer. It's about being alive.