Summer is over and my TBR lists are getting shorter. Not my personal TBR list, but the new releases list that I feature here every month on the blog.
After looking over my monthly posts, I didn’t read as many as I mentioned but it’s all good. I’m a moody reader and what caught my eye at one time gets put on the back burner for what I am feeling at the moment. This blog and this monthly post is for readers who are not necessarily reviewing. They are just looking for an answer to “what should I read next?” And I’m not getting as anxious about finishing my TBR list these days. I just want options and that’s a good thing.
Maybe I am getting more selective in what sounds good to me in new published books. Maybe as the year progresses less “buzz books” are coming out. I don’t really think that’s it either because I look forward to seeing these six on the shelves at the library and in bookstores. Brief synopsis paraphrased or taken from Goodreads. Click on the title for more.
Did You Ever Have A Family by Bill Clegg (Sept. 1/ 304 p./Gallery/Scout Press) “Elegant and heartrending, and one of the most accomplished fiction debuts of the year, Did You Ever Have a Family is an absorbing, unforgettable tale that reveals humanity at its best through forgiveness and hope. At its core is a celebration of family the ones we are born with and the ones we create.”
Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart (Sept. 1/ 416 p./Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Constance Kopp is not to be trifled with. She is based on one of the first female deputy sheriffs and while enlisted to help track down a gang of men sent after her family, she must also revisit her past and family secrets.
Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt (Sept. 5/ 352 p./House of Anansi Press) “Undermajordomo Minor is a triumphant ink-black comedy of manners. It is an adventure, and a mystery, and a searing portrayal of rural Alpine bad behaviour, but above all it is a love story.” Does anyone know if you have to read The Sisters Brothers first?
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Sept. 15/400 p./Riverhead Books) I love a good book about the secrets in a marriage and this one from Groff is about a twenty-four year marriage and how there are two sides to every story. What people and friends see on the exterior is definitely not what goes on behind closed doors. This blurb in the synopsis stood out to me “the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets.”
After the Parade by Lori Ostlund (Sept. 22/ 352 p./Scribner) “A deeply moving and beautiful debut novel about a man who leaves his longtime partner in New Mexico for a new life in San Francisco, launching him on a tragicomic road trip and into the mysteries of his own Midwestern childhood.”
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood (Sept. 29/ 320 p./ Nan A. Talese) Well it’s Margaret Atwood and this one just sounds bizarre and fascinating to me. A couple wants out of their blah lifestyle so they sign up with a social experiment to have decent jobs and a home in exchange for a prison cell every second month. Not a problem until they become obsessed with the other couple who occupy their “normal life” while in prison. I smell reality show copying this one.
It’s September. What new releases are you looking forward to this month?