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Highly Anticipated Reads

Highly Anticipated Reads

Recently, I went to clean-up my “to read” list and added no less than six titles. There are so many great books coming out! Here are just a few I am super excited about and they are in no particular order:

The Outsider by Stephen King (5/22/18)

“An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park.”

That’s all I need to know before I pre-order this one. I love that King always comes out with a book right before summer.

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami (US, unknown)

“A two-part story about a 36-year-old portrait painter and what happens after his wife divorces him and he moves into an old house on a mountainside west of Tokyo. The mysterious events include meeting a neighbor and finding the painting that shares the book’s title.”

The US release date has not been made public yet. It’s not fair that we have to wait so long for the translation!

The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch (2/6/18)

“Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In western Pennsylvania, 1997, she is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL’s family–and to locate his vanished teenage daughter. Though she can’t share the information with conventional law enforcement, Moss discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship U.S.S. Libra–a ship assumed lost to the currents of Deep Time. Moss knows first-hand the mental trauma of time-travel and believes the SEAL’s experience with the future has triggered this violence.”

Doesn’t it sound good?

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian (3/13/18)

“Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She’s a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets.”

Holy moly.

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (4/3/18)

“Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer- madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place- feels her inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she’d always imagined.”

This one sounds like it could be a very powerful read.

I have more because my list is so long but this is good for now. Are you excited about any of these? Any others I need to know about?


Books Reviewed in 2017

This is a list of the books I read in 2017. It’s a fairly short list. At the beginning of the year I vowed to only read what I felt like reading and that resulted in a shorter list. I also had a few chunksters over 800 pages long which affected my numbers but really, who cares anyway?

Each link takes you directly to my review of that book. Happy New Year! I certainly hope 2018 is better than 2017 because it was a difficult year to live in.

May 2018 be filled with plenty of great books.

2017 Reviews

  1. The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
  2. The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson
  3. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
  4. The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
  5. Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst
  6. Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
  7. My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry
  8. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  9. Ulysses by James Joyce
  10. The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill
  11. The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo
  12. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  13. The Barrowfields by Phillip Lewis
  14. Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin
  15. Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
  16. Summer Dance by Nan Rossiter
  17. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  18. The Gypsy Moth Summer by Julia Fierro
  19. Perennials by Mandy Berman
  20. Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy
  21. The Thirst by Jo Nesbø
  22. The Party by Robyn Harding
  23. Strange Company by Jean Ryan
  24. Small Hours by Jennifer Kitses
  25. A House Among the Trees by Julia Glass
  26. The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
  27. A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
  28. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  29. My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
  30. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
  31. The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
  32. Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King
  33. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  34. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  35. Keep Her Safe by Sophie Hannah
  36. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
  37. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  38. The Visitors by Catherine Burns
  39. Hunger by Roxane Gay
  40. The Master & Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov