Book Blog Expo Day 3: Anticipated Books

I found this Book Blog Expo hosted by Donna, which is happening instead of Armchair BEA.  It looked like fun so I hopped on board.

Day 3 - June 1 - Most Anticipated Books & Giveaway Day. Tells us all about the books you are most looking forward to this year (share even if your most anticipated book of the year has already come out). And since we are talking about anticipated books, what more anticipated than winning a great prize? If you are doing a giveaway, please include it in this day's post.

Here is where I have to confess that I am really bad at reading brand-new books.  I do look forward to some!  But most of my anticipated reads are books that are already on my shelf; I just need to get to them.

Here are three 2018 books I'm looking forward to.  One of these things is not like the other:

The Coddling of the American Mind, by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt -- I just love these guys.  I'll listen to Greg talk anytime, and I did meet him almost 4 years ago in a free speech panel discussion at Berkeley that had to be experienced to be believed.  (One woman was angry that the panelists didn't agree with her that a particular person should be fired for his views, and wore a paper mask for the rest of the hour.  The woman next to me said that she was so happy to see that the panel agreed with her about the greatness of the heckler's veto, at which point I think they just wanted to wail in despair.  It was quite the experience.)

Angels in the Mist, by Ryan Southwick -- a little out of my usual roundhouse, it's a novel about...PTSD and vampires!

Hate: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship, by Nadine Strossen -- A timely title that I can't wait to get my teeth into.

Here are three books I'm just looking forward to reading as soon as I can:

The Palm-Wine Drinkard, by Amos Tutola -- an early and classic Nigerian novel!

The Glass Bead Game, by Hermann Hesse -- in theory, I'm excited to read this novel.  In fact, I am petrified of the thing.

Black Renaissance: The St. Orpheus Breviary, vol II, by Miklos Szentkuthy -- this book looks so strange, and the cover is so great, that I really want to read it.  It's another I'm scared of.

You'll note (or more probably you won't) that only one of these books is on my 20 Books of Summer list, even though five of them are in my possession (though I didn't even order Black Renaissance until after I'd made the list so that doesn't count).  Who knows why?  Life is a mystery.


  1. This does look like fun, but I'm too disorganized at the moment to officially participate. I shall just enjoy reading and commenting on others' posts.

    If it's any consolation, I loved The Glass Bead game and I don't see any reason why you shouldn't as well. You read lots of books that would intimidate me!

  2. Thank you, Lory, that is a big help! :)

  3. Definitely an interesting list of books. I'm not familiar with any of them but I hope you enjoy them.

  4. Oooh!! Angels in the Mist by Ryan Southwick sounds interesting!

  5. This looks fun! I didn't get my act together to participate in Armchair BEA, because I'm disorganized right now, so I am celebrating by texting some friends who are there and expressing envy. BUT my friend Alice, loveliest of humans, got the author of the adorable comic Check Please to autograph one for me. Yay BEA!

  6. Erica, it's cheap on Kindle!

    Jenny, I have never in my life been organized enough for Armchair BEA, so you're way ahead. Lucky you to get a signed comic!


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