I am so excited to have been given the opportunity to read some new releases due out this month. Sometimes I have to pinch myself that publishers have sent me these books via NetGalley. And of course, for me, it comes in massive waves. So for this month I have these four beauties that I can’t wait to sink my teeth into. I am already engrossed with one and it’s great so far.
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (January 7, 2014) “From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world.” ~Amazon
Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan (January 21, 2014) “From Nancy Horan, New York Times bestselling author of Loving Frank, comes her much-anticipated second novel, which tells the improbable love story of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny.” ~Amazon
What Nora Knew by Linda Yellin (January 21, 2014) “Linda Yellin’s second novel, WHAT NORA KNEW, an homage to Nora Ephron and romantic movies, about a cynical journalist who’s assigned to write about romance Nora-style and flunks out big time.” ~ Amazon
Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott (January 28, 2014) “An intense examination of a family coping with grief, this absorbing character study easily keeps pages turning.” -Kirkus Reviews
And then if it couldn’t get any more exciting than getting the chance to read those four brand spanking new books…my public library emailed to let me know some books were ready to be picked up…
Not just any four books, but ones that I have been wanting to read for a while. Ones that keep whispering in my ear. Ones I keep hearing readers gush about on blogs and on bookish sites. Ones that have been deemed some of the best books of all time. Ones that are no less than 500 pages!!
Outlander : 20th Anniversary Edition by Diana Gabaldon (first published in 1991) “The year is 1945. Claire Randall is traveling with her husband when she touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is hurled back in time to a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord 1743. Catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, she soon realizes that an alliance with James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, might be the only way to survive. Thus begins a work of unrivaled storytelling that has become a modern classic.” ~ Amazon
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (April 2013) “What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. Does Ursula’s apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can — will she? Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original — this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.” ~ Amazon
The Interestings by Meg Wolizter (April 2013) “The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge.” ~ Amazon
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (October 2013) “It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.” ~Amazon
And as I pulled into the drive-thru at the library, the librarian teller handed me those four monstrous novels with a snarky, doubtful look in her eye. Well, I’m up for the challenge sister. Bring all eight on!
Now I gotta check out for a while and curl up with a good book!