December 21, 2017
This year I stopped worrying and embraced the thrill and uncertainty of reading series. In addition to my annual tradition of reading another of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels at some point in the summer (only 1 more to go), I started Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series with The Gunslinger and an Afro-SciFi series called Binti, written by Nigerian-American author Nnedi Okorafor; the third installment comes out early next year. I also read Okorafor’s first book in the Akata Witch young-adult series, which has a strong Harry Potter vibe if fantasy is more your thing. Extending my love of Brian K Vaughn’s Saga graphic novel series, I started Runaways and then discovered that it’s just been released as a TV show--and rebooted as a comic by Rainbow Rowell, another writer I adore.