I’d only describe one book/series I’ve read this year as something I’ve picked up because of the hype – that is, because of a general feel that everyone was recommending this book and loved it.That’s March (books 1-3), the graphic novels by John Lewis and they definitely make this list! Two of the others I picked up because they were National Book Award nominees, which is certainly also a kind of hype. And the last two have started getting a lot of well-deserved praise, nominations for goodreads choice awards, etc since I read them.
One of my National Book Award reads, this book was thought-provoking, engaging, well cited, taught me a lot, and made me want to know more. It delivered exactly what I hope for from a nominee for this prize.
My second National Book Award read on this list, it had a lot of the same qualities that made me love the previous book. The citations here were particularly fascinating, including lots of interviews and contemporary news coverage.
I’ve been recommending this book to everyone. It was a brilliant reversal of the typical true crime focus on serial killers, instead according the victims the respect of seeing them as individuals. I also learned a lot about life on the margins during Victorian times.
This was some of my favorite nature writing I’ve ever read. The author did a beautiful job weaving interesting concepts we associate with the being underground or buried with his visits to fascinating places under the earth.
March is the one book on this list I really picked up because of the hype. I’m not big on graphic nonfiction, but I’m glad I listened to everyone on this one. The somewhat dark, heavy style of the drawings nicely complements scenes of both violence and triumph.