I couldn’t make cuts. I just couldn’t! I’ve been doing this monthly post for a few years and have the most difficult time only picking two or three books to feature.
It became worse when I started working in a library almost a year ago and found that many books we received were/are by popular authors. I understand the supply and demand of it all but I still can’t wrap my brain around why we need 20 copies of the latest James Patterson and have to interlibrary loan others. Or only get one copy.
So I do this post every month to feature new releases by favorite authors as well as highlight some of the lesser knowns, that I look forward to reading. And so twelve made the list. In order to keep the post from being too lengthy, titles are linked to Goodreads for the full synopsis and to change it up a bit, why I’ve put these on my radar and TBR list.
The Dream Lover: An Novel of George Sand – Elizabeth Berg (April 7) 368 p. Why? I don’t know much about George Sand but I do LOVE Elizabeth Berg.
The Royal We – Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan (April 7) 464 p. Why? Women’s Lit (Chick-Lit) has taken a backseat to my reading repertoire but this story caught my attention. I love all things British Lit and a sucker for sweet romance from time to time. Also the cover is just plain cute!
Inside The O’Briens – Lisa Genova (April 7) 352 p. Why? I’ve had Still Alice on my shelf for a long time, hear it’s fantastic and the movie did it justice. This time Genova tackles Huntington’s Disease and I want to read both.
The Children’s Crusade – Ann Packer (April 7) 448 p. Why? Love me a good family saga…this one spanning over five decades.
The Folded Clock: A Diary – Heidi Julavits (April 7) 320 p. Why? Ever read old diaries/journals from your youth and want to laugh at that young self? Julavits did and decided to try her hand again as an adult. This memoir reveals much more as an adult about parenting, sex, aging and marriage.
The Fishermen – Chigozie Obioma (April 14) 304 p. Why? This debut is narrated by a nine year old, it has a Cain and Abel storyline, there is a madman and mysticism if that’s not enough.
House of Echoes – Brendan Duffy (April 14) 400 p. Why? A debut psychological thriller with mystery, suspense, small town secrets, ghosts…sounds perfect.
Voices in the Night: Stories – Steven Millhauser (April 14) 304 p. Why? I haven’t read anything by Millhauser and this short story collection focusing on small-town life with whimsy, humor and magical realism made the list.
Where They Found Her – Kimberly McCreight (April 14) 336 p. Why? Multiple narrators try to untangle the the mystery of a body found in the woods. I’m always looking for a suspenseful thriller to keep me up at night.
The Given World – Marian Palaia (April 14) 304 p. Why? This debut spans over twenty-five years and thirteen year old Riley is dealing with the effects of the war. When her brother goes missing in Vietnam, she sets off to find him and encounters numerous characters and struggles with her own demons. The story just sounds so rich and layered…I’m looking forward to picking this one up.
God Help The Child – Toni Morrison (April 21) 192 p. Why? It’s Toni Morrison and I’m long overdue to read one of her books. And I love a story about a child who finds redemption and overcomes trauma.
Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley – Charlotte Gordon (April 28) 672 p. Why? After reading the synopsis I was hooked. I’m fascinated and intrigued and have to cheat on this one: “Romantic Outlaws brings together a pair of visionary women who should have shared a life, but who instead shared a powerful literary and feminist legacy. This is inventive, illuminating, involving biography at its best.”
Any new books that made it to your TBR list?