Nonfiction: I am so excited to start cooking from BREAKFAST FOR DINNER: a great idea with a new angle and exciting recipes. And if you know a food or pop culture blog you love that should be a book, for all that is good and buttery, tell me! I fell head over heels for Reza Aslan’s NO GOD BUT GOD. He interweaves the history of Islam with his own personal journey, and it is beautifully written. I loved Chris Guillebeau’s THE ART OF NON-CONFORMITY as a call to action, that life is not about fitting in but standing out. I really appreciated Susan Cain’s mix of reflection, personal story, and research in QUIET. My interests in science run the spectrum, from micro to macro, from theory to practical. Basically, if you can do a TED Talk about your subject, I want to see it.
Fiction: I love Aimee Bender, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and magical realism in general. I grew up reading fantasy, so magic never felt at odds with the real world for me. Books that can be a full sensory experience and walk you in the character’s footsteps, like Arundhati Roy’s THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS, are a welcome treat. I love mythology and legend–Greek, Egyptian, African, Viking, Indian, all of it. I followed Esperanza through THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET, and I couldn’t get enough of Alanna, Tortall, and every book Tamora Pierce wrote of her adventures. I connected with Francesca Lia Block’s work instantly, all of the Dangerous Angel books and beyond. I grew up on The Boxcar Children, and I love Veronica Mars (yes, I’m a Marshmellow). I am so jealous that I didn’t get to work on THE ART FORGER, and I love WHITE COLLAR, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, LEVERAGE, OCEAN’S 11, etc. Bonus points for con/heist stories including art, jewelry, or tech, especially if the character is a charmer just a few inches on the wrong side of the law.