Yes, yes, I know. We really don’t need more books to add to our never ending, always growing TBR list, but here are some I am super excited to see show up at the library since my ARC requests have become less and less. I had 25 new releases tagged on my Edelweiss account for March and culled it down to twelve.
For those of you new to following this blog or haven’t seen my “Get Your TBR List Ready” monthly post, I do it simply to get the word out, share my love for books and encourage readers to build up their public library. The one I work at is not much different from most. They stock what is mostly popular and you’ll find shelves filled with 25+ copies of James Patterson and the like. But as a community we are very fortunate that requesting is encouraged and borrowing through linked libraries is free. Aaaand, I am one of the lucky library professionals who get to open these gorgeous brown UPS boxes and add new releases to our collection. It’s like Christmas/Birthday/Book Buying all-in-one every day!! When I see one of the lesser known books in one of those brown boxes, I freak out just a little bit and then race over to a computer to see if it’s on hold. (Click on each title to link you to Goodreads)
Know Your Beholder by Adam Rapp (March 3rd). Taking place in Pollard, Illinois, this Contemporary novel follows a 30ish musician who has hit rock bottom and must find his way back.
The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson (March 3rd). This debut historical fiction novel combines fantasy and mystery as bookstore owner Kitty Miller struggles with reality and her overactive imagination. Sounds perfect for me! 😉
Where All Light Tends To Go by David Joy (March 3rd). I’m a tad scared of this one. The synopsis compares it to Winter’s Bone meets Breaking Bad and the love interest vs. familial obligation reminded me of Sons of Anarchy. But you know how I love my darker fiction.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (March 10th). I’m not gonna lie. This book wrecked me! I finished my ARC a week ago and it still lingers in my mind. It follows four male friends for decades after meeting in college. The story revolves around Jude and his relationship with the others while trying to “hang on” as an adult. The backstory of his childhood is horrific and one I will never forget. Oh, and it’s 736 pages! But strangely enough, I already want to reread it.
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of The Lusitania by Erik Larson (March 10th). One of two Non Fiction books on this list and it’s Larson-I loved The Devil in the White City. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the ocean liner.
Soil: A Novel by Jamie Kornegay (March 10th). “A darkly comic debut novel by an independent bookseller about an idealistic young farmer who moves his family to a Mississippi flood basin, suffers financial ruin and becomes increasingly paranoid he’s being framed for murder.” ~Goodreads
Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter by Nina MacLaughlin (March 16th). Probably the debut book I’m most excited for this month. It’s a memoir about a young woman who answers a Craigslist ad to become a carpenter’s assistant, leaves her day job at an office and enters a profession that is predominantly male.
Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum (March 17th). Okay, this is the other book I am most excited for this month. After hearing some very brief comments by readers I trust, I WANT THIS BOOK!. I will unfortunately have to wait for the library’s order to come in and they are so slow it may be until April! Here’s a little tidbit: “Anna was a good wife, mostly.”~Goodreads. Just read the synopsis…*maniacal smirk*.
Delicious Foods by James Hannaham (March 17th). I included this book last year when trying to come up with 2015 books I was excited for and wrote: “Three characters: a mother, a son and the drug that tries to destroy their lives. Not a light read but the these are the types of books I never forget.” I have since heard it has one of the most disturbing and shocking openers.
Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (March 17th). This was also included in my debut novels I was looking forward to in 2015 post, “Peggy’s father believes the world is coming to an end so he packs up supplies and takes her to a cabin in a remote forest to survive. Nine years later she returns home and the story reveals what happened to her during that time away. I am hearing major plot twist in the end…we’ll see.”
A Reunion Of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell (March 24th). “A compulsively readable literary masterpiece, A Reunion of Ghosts is the shared confessional of three sisters who have decided to kill themselves at the end of the 20th century, honoring the dark legacy that has haunted their extraordinary family for decades.”~Goodreads. Yep, gonna read that one!
At The Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen (March 31st). Three words from the GR synopsis, “Scottish Downton Abbey”.
Which books are you most excited for in March 2015?