Best Essay Collections:
Another one that ranks in the top five overall for me - I devoured this collection and can't wait to read it again. Gay is one of my favorite internet personalities and ties with John Scalzi for person I'm most likely to disagree with but still respect and love.
Beautifully written and completely engrossing. My favorite essay from this collection is also included in this year's Best American Essays and it was thoroughly enjoyable both times I read it.
The whole issue of vaccinations and how our culture views them, why we need them, and why some people are afraid of them is fascinating to me, so it should come as no surprise that I devoured this collection over the course of a few hours.
Billy Collins is always a pleasure to read and one of the few poets that I can pick up with complete confidence in my ability to read and understand. This contains a lot of previously published poems, but was still a joy to read.
Creepy Joyce Carol Oates stories about "love gone wrong". I enjoyed all of them and would recommend them to any fans of her writing or of psychological thrillers.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours for introducing me to this one. I probably would have missed it if it weren't for the tour email, and I'm so glad I discovered it. It's just my kind of story - slightly off-kilter, leave you thinking for days stories.
Another collection I discovered through TLC, this one sticks to a more traditional contemporary literary fiction feel. Some of the stories are linked, which doesn't always work for me, but it was perfect here.
Another creepy collection, this one set in Vietnam, but with a slightly more supernatural twist than the psychological suspense of Oates. It was a great mixture of Eastern superstition and literary depth.
Similar to The Frangipani Hotel, this is another set of short stories, set in Japan this time, with a slightly twisted version of reality. Less supernatural in tone than Kupersmith's collection, but still delightfully bizarre and creepy.
This read is so recent that I haven't even had a chance to review it yet. It's been on my list for a while and once I realized it's set in my neck of the woods I had to read it immediately. It didn't disappoint on the local-interest, of course (my husband's and my favorite restaurant gets a mention!), but the real highlight here is the quality. It's been on my mind daily since I finished - there are several stories I just can't stop thinking about.