The Roaring Twenties, Edith Wharton, Hollywood, etc

Cover art really sells a book, am I right?

After today’s EarlyWord GalleyChat, I started noticing a few trends. Last year, it was about the circus (Among the Wonderful, The Night Circus, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb) and I’m sure there were others that I don’t remember. Some themes are constant…WWII is always popular (and it was mentioned that war is a common topic in a lot of books these days but I’m picky about my war). Here’s what I’ve noticed (because they’re topics I’m interested in…duh):

The Twenties: The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty (about a famous lady), Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures by Emma Straub, The Diviners by Libba Bray… (is it time for the 20s to be cool again? I mean, there’s The Great Gatsby movie…Were the 20s ever NOT cool?)

Edith Wharton: The Age of Desire by Jennie Fields, The Innocents by Francesca Segal, The Gilded Age by Claire McMillan, My Dear Governess… (Is a big birthday coming up for Wharton?)

Love & Marriage: Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon, Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer, The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Hollywood-ish: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, The Empty Glass by J.I. Baker (related, kind of…Jack 1939 by Francine Mathews), Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann, Misfit by Adam Braver

And any book even kind of compared to Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a win in my book…Geekery: You by Austin Grossman, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson, even Gold by Chris Cleave has a Stars Wars fan…

I want to read ALL THE BOOKS. It’s probably a good thing I did attend BEA…I’m pretty sure my bookshelves would collapse under the weight of all the books I would have snagged. (Though I’m still incredibly jealous of all those that now have copies of Vagina, The Twelve, The Diviners, and many more…)

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