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!)
Stray City by Chelsey Johnson (available March 20)
Radically funny and truly insightful, Johnson's debut novel, about a lesbian who finds herself pregnant after an ill-conceived one-night stand with a man, is a brilliant emotional roller coaster of a book, exploring what it means to create and sustain a family, and the difficulties of loving people—including yourself.