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  1. Delicious Foods, by James Hannahan
    Totally recommend. Gripping, moving, occasionally a little surreal, and does some mind-bending things with the narration.
  2. Sleepless in Manhattan, by Sarah Morgan
    A fun contemporary romance novel, the start of a set. May have to look up the others – Morgan created a compelling cast of characters.
  3. Anything for You, by Kristin Higgins
    Merely okay – kept reading, and got a few laughs, but mostly a rather predictable romance novel with predictable character types. Middle of a series.
  4. Paradise Lodge, by Nina Stibbe (releases 7/12/16)
    Persistently quirky, but amusing. Imagine the main character from Louise Rennison’s books having an actual brain, a conscience, and living on shaky financial ground in 1970s Leicester.
  5. I’m Still Here (Je Suis La), by Clelie Avit & translated by Lucy Foster (releases 8/23/16)
    LOVED THIS. Finished it in under two hours – couldn’t step away from it for long, and I was so engrossed while reading it on the train home that I almost missed my stop. Simple story, but breathtaking.
  6. The Thousandth Floor, by Katharine McGee (releases 8/30/16)
    It’s GOSSIP GIRL in the 22nd century. Seriously. If you like that show, you’ll like this. Apparently it’s already been optioned for television.
  7. Secrets of Nanreath Hall, by Alix Rickloff (releases 8/2/16)
    Enjoyed this tremendously. Has “feature film” written all over it, and I mean that in the best possible way. I’d love to see this interpreted onscreen.
  8. The Secrets She Kept, by Brenda Novak (releases 8/2016)
    Okay. Good enough to keep my interest, and they do well with the red herrings for the mystery part, but somehow it seems a little pat. But then, I’m used to Lord Peter Wimsey, so perhaps other mysteries pale in comparison.
  9. Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett (releases 9/2016  Apparently semi-autobiographical. Gripping and well-told. Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal.
  10. The Life She Wants, by Robyn Carr (releases 9/27/16)
    Meh. Not terribly engaged in this one.
  11. The Bookshop on the Corner, by Jenny O’Colgan (releases 9/2016)
    One of those books in which the end is a bit predictable, but the route to get there is not. Sweet and charming.
  12. Monticello, by Sally Cabot Gunning (releases 9/2016)
    Neither an easy nor a quick read, but an interesting one. Fascinating perspective on familiar historical events and people.
  13. The Queen of Blood, by Sarah Beth Durst (releases 9/2016)
    THIS IS FABULOUS. Like fantasy? Forests? Magic? Strong women? READ THIS.
  14. Just Fine With Caroline, by Annie England Noblin (releases 10/2016)
  15. Winter Storms, by Elin Hilderbrand (releases 10/4/16)
  16. IQ, by Joe Ide (releases 10/18/16)
  17. The Rift: Uprising, by Amy S. Foster (releases 10/2016)
  18. Long Way Gone, by Charles Martin (releases 10/4/16)
  19. Goldenhand, by Garth Nix (releases 10/11/16)
  20. Mister Monkey, by Francine Prose (releases 10/2016) Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal.
  21. The Comet Seekers, by Helen Sedgwick (releases 10/2016)
  22. Orphans of the Carnival, by Carol Birch (11/2016)
    Another one I couldn’t put down. Based on a real woman’s life, and one of the best-written ARCs I’ve had yet.
  23. A Portrait of Emily Price, by Katherine Reay (releases 11/1/16)
  24. Butter: a Rich History, by Elena Khosrova (releases 11/15/16)
    Given as a gift to my brother.
  25. The Second Mrs. Hockaday, by Susan Rivers (releases 1/10/17)
  26. Little Deaths, by Emma Flint (releases 1/17/17)
  27. The Young Widower’s Handbook, by Tom McAllister (releases 2/7/17)
  28. The Orphan’s Tale, by Pam Jenoff (releases 2/28/17)
  29. The Daughters, by Adrienne Celt (left over from previous haul, released August 2015)
  30. Words Without Music, by Philip Glass (left over from previous haul, released April 2015)
  31. She Came from Beyond!, by Nadine Darling (left over from previous haul, released October 2015)

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    Just SOME of the ARCs from ALA Annual 2016 in Orlando.