I saw Susana over at A Bag Full of Stories do a similar post to this one a few months ago and I thought it was a really fun idea! I’m going to pick five books from my recommendations and discuss whether or not I’d read them.
A Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell (The Janet Watson Chronicles #1)
This is a reimagining of the Sherlock Holmes stories where both Watson and Holmes are queer, Black women. The concept seems interesting but I’m not a big fan of books that reimagine classics. It’s weird, I know, but I would be constantly comparing this to the original novels when that isn’t even the point. Would I read this book if it wasn’t another Holmes retelling? Yes, I absolutely would. But I’m going to pass on this one.
Southland by Nina Revoyr
A historical novel set in Los Angeles between the 1930s and 1990s, this seems to be a book about race, love, and history. I’ll admit that I don’t usually pick up books like this one because I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction (although I am warming up to it) but this one sounds fascinating! I don’t know if I would have ever come across the book if not for my recommendations page but I’m going to add this one to my TBR and I’m looking forward to reading it.
Passing by Nella Larsen
I have a vague recollection of Passing being recommended to me by an American Studies lecturer at university about ten years ago. Obviously, I never took up her suggestion of reading it but The StoryGraph put it in my recommendations so I clearly need to read it. If I’m being honest, it’s already sitting in my Bookshop basket just waiting to be ordered.
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
A spooky book about greed and misfortune in the nineteenth century? Sign me up. I love books like this and, while I usually gravitate towards classics that were written in the nineteenth century rather than contemporary books set in the nineteenth century, this one seems to be up my alley. I’m adding this one to my TBR too!
The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura
I think this is my favourite recommendation out of the lot! The summary claims that it’s a Japanese crime thriller about a mysterious pickpocket and I couldn’t be more intrigued. I’m not sure I’ll be able to get to it by the end of the year but I’m sure it’ll be one of the first books I read in 2022.
Have you read any of these books? If you have, let me know what you link (or leave a link to your reviews) in the comments!