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It’s January 2016. Get Your TBR List Ready!

After a two month break, the monthly TBR list post is back!

“Get Your TBR List Ready” is a monthly post that brings awareness to books that might not get the most buzz. Well, they do get some buzz or I wouldn’t have heard of them. Since working at the library, I’ve noticed that these types of books are not ordered in bulk and have a shorter wait list-usually. So if the ones mentioned aren’t available at your local library, request them. Trust me, librarians want the input and after seeing bins like this one come in regularly, “those” authors are doing just fine.

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I wan’t sure if I was going to continue this monthly post, highlighting new releases on my radar, but decided that I enjoy it too much not to. My Edelweiss “January 2016” tab had 35 books that caught my eye but had to focus on ones that I might actually pick up. Of these eight books, three are debuts, two are short stories and one is a Young Adult novel, which I don’t normally read. I’ve been hearing great things about it and I have a soft spot for books that deal with mental illness. Synopses taken from Edelweiss.

JAN 2016 TBR List 2

Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Ed Tarkington (Jan. 5th/320 p./Algonquin Books) “It’s 1977, and eight-year-old Rocky worships his older brother, Paul, who is happy to have his younger brother as his sidekick, until one day, Paul disappears. When, seven years later, a mysterious double murder brings terror and suspicion to Rocky’s small town, Rocky and his family must reckon with the past and find out how much forgiveness their hearts can hold.” Debut

American Housewife: Stories – Helen Ellis (Jan. 12th/208 p./Doubleday) “A sharp, funny, delightfully unhinged collection of stories set in the dark world of domesticity, American Housewife features murderous ladies who lunch, celebrity treasure hunters, and the best bra fitter south of the Mason Dixon line.”

The Expatriates – Janice Y.K. Lee (Jan. 12th/336 p./Viking) “Bestselling author of The Piano Teacher returns with a transporting novel about motherhood, marriage, and the elusive nature of happiness, focusing on the lives of three very different American women living in Hong Kong.”

The Longest Night – Andria Williams (Jan. 12th/400 p./Random House) “Reminiscent of Revolutionary Road, if such a novel were set in the American West, this engrossing and suspenseful debut features a young couple fighting to save both their marriage, and the town they live in.”

Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist – Sunil Yapa (Jan. 12th/320 p./Lee Boudreaux Books) “In this electrifying debut novel set amid the heated conflict of Seattle’s 1999 WTO protests, Yapa marries a deep rage with a deep humanity. In doing so he casts an unflinching eye on the nature and limits of compassion, and the heartbreaking difference between what is right and what is possible.”

The Portable Veblen – Elizabeth McKenzie (Jan. 19th/448 p./Penguin) “A dazzlingly original novel that’s as big-hearted as it is laugh-out-loud funny. Set in and around Palo Alto, amid the culture clash of new money and old (antiestablishment) values, and with the specter of our current wars looming across its pages, The Portable Veblen is an unforgettable look at the way we live now. A young couple on the brink of marriage—the charming Veblen and her fiancé Paul, a brilliant neurologist—find their engagement in danger of collapse. Along the way they weather everything from each other’s dysfunctional families, to the attentions of a seductive pharmaceutical heiress, to an intimate tête-à-tête with a very charismatic squirrel.”

The Unfinished World: And Other Stories – Amber Sparks (Jan. 25th/240 p./Liveright) “A dazzling new collection bursts forth with stories that render the apocalyptic and otherworldly hauntingly familiar. Sparks’s stories—populated with sculptors, librarians, astronauts, and warriors—form a veritable cabinet of curiosities. Mythical, bizarre, and deeply moving, The Unfinished World and Other Stories heralds the arrival of a major writer and illuminates the search for a brief encounter with the extraordinary.”

The Memory of Light – Francisco X. Stork (Jan. 26th/336 p./Arthur A. Levine Books) “This brave and moving novel by the author of Marcelo in the Real World is about the one thing left: living.
Inspired in part by the author’s own experience with depression, The Memory of Light is the rare young adult novel that focuses not on the events leading up to a suicide attempt, but the recovery from one–about living when life doesn’t seem worth it, and how we go on anyway.”

What’s on your new release radar for January?



12 thoughts on “It’s January 2016. Get Your TBR List Ready!

  1. I’m reading “Your Heart Is A Muscle…etc” right now and it’s EXCELLENT. Also super interested in American Housewife, and need to remember to get on the holds list right away for that one! I really like this feature, so I’m glad it will be sticking around 🙂

  2. You’ve got a couple of the same ones I had and I’ve read them. I’ll keep quiet about the ones I didn’t like but The Expatriates is quite good.

    And how did I not know you work in a library? I’m a former librarian and I volunteered in my local branch in Portland for 3 years! I loved it. And yes, working in one is dangerous- you can blow up your holds list!

    • Hmmm….I wonder which books? I don’t think I knew you were a librarian either. I’ve been there two years and doing literacy programs and all the library “stuff”. It’s a pit stop (which I love) until I get back to my teaching roots.

  3. Thank you for including my book! I just read (and loved) ‘Fallen Land’ by Taylor Brown and ‘A hard and Heavy Thing ‘ by Matthew Hefti, both forthcoming soon. I’m also excited about Matt Gallagher’s ‘Young Bloods!’

  4. I’m glad you enjoy doing this feature, because I enjoy reading it. It needs to happen. Mostly it just re-affirms that I’m reading the right books. Thanks

    • Thanks Tanya. I’m glad you enjoy reading it. Sometimes the books that sound great really are, and sometimes they don’t hold up to my expectations. And then there are those that surprise me that weren’t even on my radar.

  5. The Expats and the Longest Night sounded especially good to me too! I don’t know how I’m going to narrow down my to-read list, there are so many great books coming out this year.

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