Yes it’s Top Ten Tuesday. And the meme is “ten most anticipated books for 2015”. It feels a bit early for this post since it’s only June but I’m playing along. So here we go:
After going through my lists I kept coming back to just these six. These six might end up on the favorites list if all the stars align. You know, when after reading the synopsis plus the anticipation and the right reading mood all create that glorious experience. Obviously I plan on reading more than only six new releases and backlist this year, but if I can get these babies under my belt, I’ll be a happy reader.
There is only one book I’m most excited for and I am guessing is the same for many readers, Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee. I’m planning a To Kill A Mockingbird reread before this book comes out on July 14th. And I plan to be that person at the bookstore waiting in a line to purchase my copy. And I plan to read it slowly and not rush to be the first person to put up a review. In fact, I’m reading no reviews for this one until after I read it. TKaM was a very special book for me as a young person and I’m not sullying the experience.
Circling The Sun by Paula McLain is the historical fiction novel about Beryl Markham who was the other aviator and other woman Denys Finch Hatton spent time with while away from Karen Blixen. I loved Out of Africa and sooo excited to return to that time in history in Kenya. It’s out on July 28th.
This was an unexpected addition to my list but I just couldn’t stop it from joining. “Each chapter in J. Ryan Stradal’s startlingly original debut tells the story of a single dish and character, at once capturing the zeitgeist of the Midwest, the rise of foodie culture, and delving into the ways food creates community and a sense of identity.” Kitchens of the Great Midwest releases on July 28th.
Ok, there is a second book I’m most excited for. Shirley Jackson. Shirley freaking Jackson! She is the reason I fell in love with short stories. When I read “The Lottery” back in high school I was completely blown away by the story. It was horrific and I’m not into horror but loved it so. Some short stories are forgettable but I can remember the entire thing and how I felt while reading it. Let Me Tell You (Aug. 4) are a collection of unpublished stories, essays, letters and lectures put together by her children after siphoning through all her papers from the Library of Congress. Another visit to the bookstore for this one, no doubt. I am beyond excited and once again reading zero reviews beforehand.
Fates and Furies (Sept 15) by Lauren Groff caught my eye and hasn’t let up. You see, I am fascinated by real marriage/relationship stories. And those real stories are not very fluffy and romantic, but secretive and layered. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my share of happily ever after but dark and gritty is a guilty pleasure I’m not guilty about. This twenty-four year marriage between Lotto and Mathilde is “profound, surprising, propulsive, and emotionally riveting, it stirs both the mind and the heart.”
Lastly, City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg is a surprising addition to this list for me. Why? It’s not the length (944 pages) or the publishing war hype (a $2 million dollar advance?! That’s like $2,000 a page!). It’s not that it’s a first novel for a guy who is only 34 (but it is impressive) or that the few blurbs I’ve allowed myself to read has me intrigued. Forget it. It’s all intriguing. And I was sucked right in! I was denied my digital ARC so I guess I will be lugging it around come October 13th. Better get on the hold list now at the library.