A new month is here (my favorite actually) and there are many new books to get excited about.
I’ve been doing this monthly post for a few years now and still play around with what to feature. Debuts, returning authors, by genre? Yes, to all of them. I don’t typically read Young Adult, Romance or Nonfiction on a regular basis but if you have some to share please add in the comments below.
Last month I highlighted eight books and ended up reading four which isn’t too bad, but there were others I didn’t mention and some of my readers/non bloggers want a bit more. My Edelweiss tab for Feb 2016 had just over 50 saved so I know there are many out there I’m probably missing. So I’m trying something new. I will feature the top books I’m most excited for and will add some honorable mentions below. All link to Goodreads.
Pax by Sara Pennypacker (Feb. 2/ 304 p./ Balzer and Bray) I haven’t read a Middle Grade book in some time and heard from several children’s book readers that this is such a wonderful story and most likely to be a classic. They wouldn’t divulge anything else.
You Should Pity Us Instead by Amy Gustine (Feb. 9/ 256 p./ Sarabande Books) I’m always looking for a new short story collection to try and this debut caught my attention on The Millions Most Anticipated 2016 Book Preview. Among many others.
Dog Run Moon: Stories by Callan Wink (Feb. 9/ 256 p./ The Dial Press) Another debut collection of short stories mostly set in the west and getting some decent praise. And I want to see that cover up close.
Georgia by Dawn Tripp (Feb.9/ 336 p./ Random House) I’m a pretty picky historical fiction reader lately and of the six that are mentioned in this post, this one made my top eight. I’ve always had a fondness for Georgia O’Keeffe and curious to see how Tripp tackles her story.
The Heart by Maylis De Kerangal translated by Sam Taylor (Feb. 9/256 p./Farrar, Straus and Giroux) This novel was a sensation in France and now has been translated for a US release. Told over a twenty-four hour period, from different points of view, the reader follows the journey of a heart from the victim to the recipient hearing from all those involved.
Cities I’ve Never Lived In: Stories by Sara Majka (Feb. 16/ 192 p./ Graywolf Press) Yep, another short story collection made the list (surprise) and it’s also a debut of linked stories “that reveal, with great sadness and great humor, the ways we are most of all citizens of the places where we cannot be.”
Why We Came To The City by Kristopher Jansma (Feb. 16/ 432 p./ Viking) Not sure if this chunkster will get read this month but I couldn’t help but be interested in a contemporary novel following the lives of five friends in New York. Maybe like The Interestings? We’ll see…
Sudden Death by Álvaro Enrigue translated by Natasha Wimmer (Feb. 9/ 272 p./ Riverhead) I really don’t know what this translated book is about but this blurb on Edelweiss is just too good: “A daring, kaleidoscopic postmodern historical novel about the clash of empires and ideas, told through a tennis match in the 16th century between the Italian artist Caravaggio and the Spanish poet Quevado, played with a ball made from beheaded Anne Boleyn’s hair.” What the What?! How could it not have made my list?
More honorable mentions:
There seem to be a bunch of Thriller/Mystery/Suspense novels coming out this month. At least ones that I want to read. And I’m already hearing “Gone Girl/The Girl on the Train” comparisons on a few. When will it end?!!
The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle
Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey
The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer
The Widow by Fiona Barton
The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton
Try Not To Breathe by Holly Sedon
A few more Historical Fiction novels you might want to check out:
The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
The Arrangement by Ashley Warlick
Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase
The Beautiful Possible by Amy Gottlieb
Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon
Looking for some Contemporary/Literary Fiction?
A Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Cain
Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson
Tender by Belinda McKeon
What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera
And Many Days After by Jowhor Ile
The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah
All The Winters After by Seré Prince Halverson
What new releases are you looking forward to in February?