I have nothing particularly insightful to say today, so I’m here to provide you with a thrilling list instead.
One of the fun things about ALA conferences are the ARCs – Advance Reader Copies. You get a lot of normal conference swag like tote bags, stress balls, and ballpoint pens, but the publishing houses are different, especially the big ones. They hand out piles of free books, most of which are due for release within the next few months.
Attendees who are in the YA or children’s lit fields often bring extra suitcases, and the conference always includes a post office booth, where laden librarians can send home boxes of free or greatly-discounted books.
I tend to limit myself to books I want to read for myself, which means fiction geared towards adults. Sidebar: Have you noticed that saying “adult fiction” always sounds like you’re talking about bodice-rippers? I haven’t figured out a way to describe it without getting snickers from at least one of the people listening to me.
Anyway, in my case, limiting myself to books I’d want to read for fun means that I have yet to have to ship books home ahead of time or bring an extra suitcase, but it was a close call this time. This winter was the widest pickings yet.
Here is a list of the ARCs I brought home with me this time:
1. The Green Road: A Novel, Anne Enright, May 2015
2. The Love She Left Behind: A Novel, Amanda Coe, July 2015
3. The Nightingale: A Novel, Kristin Hannah, unabridged audiobook edition narrated by Polly Stone, 2015
4. The Language of Paradise: A Novel, Barbara Klein Moss, April 2015
5. The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe: A Novel, Romain Puertolas, trans. Sam Taylor, January 2015
6. Hammerhead: The Making of a Carpenter, Nina MacLaughlin, March 2015
7. The Gracekeepers: A Novel, Kirsty Logan, May 2015
8. Girl in the Dark: A Memoir, Anna Lyndsey, March 2015
9. Paris Red: A Novel, Maureen Gibbon, April 2015
10. Words Without Music: A Memoir, Philip Glass, April 2015
11. Bennington Girls Are Easy: A Novel, Charlotte Silver, July 2015
12. The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: A Novel, Rachel Joyce, February 2015
13. Hausfrau, Jill Alexander Essbaum, March 2015
14. I Saw A Man: A Novel, Owen Sheers, June 2015
15. A Touch of Stardust: A Novel, Kate Alcott, February 2015
16. The Daughters: A Novel, Adrienne Celt, August 2015
17. The World Before Us: A Novel, Aislinn Hunter, March 2015
18. Viper Wine: A Novel, Hermione Eyre, April 2015