After Hunan, we went to Kevin's house and did book reveals. That is one of the most fun parts of the day, but it also eases us into the exhaustion phase. You wouldn't think that book buying was so tiring, but there is so much anticipation. We both got some surprises - I really broke out of the mold this year and bought some unlikely books given my usual preferences.
One thing I did this year that I thought was fun and interesting - I solicited recommendations from folks on Facebook - books that rocked their world. I only got one of the recommendations, but the others will be on my list. I looked for a bunch of them but some weren't there or the copies weren't good or I already had a copy. I'm going to be reading several of them in the coming months, though. I think it definitely gives you insight to read what moves people.
Here's my list for 2012 BookFest:
Wallflower in Bloom – Claire Cook
The Uncoupling – Meg Wolitzer
Tiger’s Curse – Colleen Houck
Tiger’s Quest – Colleen Houck
The New Yorkers – Cathleen Schine
The Healing: A Novel – Jonathan Odell
Habibi – Craig Thompson
Girlchild: A Novel –
, Hassman Tupelo
From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant – Alex Gilvarry
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
Dreams of Rivers and Seas – Tim Parks
The book of Jonas – Stephen Dau
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – Ben Fountain
We have plans for years 19 and 20, so I can't wait. Not to be rudely self-congratulatory, but we are kind of brilliant...we thought of this idea together and committed to it and it is still FUN and going strong 18 years later. I think that is the best part of this whole thing - both of us still enjoy the process so much. Thanks, Kevin, for another great year!