The pace of change emanating from Washington, D.C., has many of us reaching for books—whether to escape, learn, resist or a little of each–Dead Darlings is here to help.
- First, consider hygge-ing your reading area. Hygge, a Danish word pronounced HUU-gah, with a touch of the foghorn on the first syllable, is a hedge against winter, darkness and all that eclipses. Book Riot shows us How to Hygge your Reading Life.
- Now that you’re all hygge, how about some escapist lit? Gizmodo recommends 16 Friggin’ Great Books. NPR offered its own escapist list, but with recs for books on the plague—hey, it could be worse!—and The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s dystopian feminist novel, it’s more escapism for masochists.
- LitHub has the mother of all reading lists, ranging from Naples books for Elena Ferrante Fans, What to Read when Trapped in Your Home by a New Baby, Climate Change Books selected by poet and environmental activist, Bill McKibben, Really, Really Big Books, Feminist Books, Gothic Books, Indie Press Recs, French Books, Baseball Books, Finnish Writers….
- Now that you’re under the covers, ready to better understand our dystopia? The Guardian says, Forget Nineteen Eighty-Four. These five dystopias better reflect Trump’s US. Or 75 Books for the Next 4 Years from LitHub.
- Looking for diverse authors? Consider 10 books by Indigenous Authors, at LitHub and 12 Immigrant Authors Are Making American Lit Great Again from Vice.com. I can’t wait to read “Sun Yung Shin’s third book of poetry, [in which] she explores the mystery of selfhood through the near-human and almost-human, through ghosts and guests and myths: cyborgs, the minotaur, the adoptee.”
- Looking to the future for hope? Got some young readers and activists in your life? All the Wonders has 35 Picture Books for Young Activists.