PLEASE NOTE: I don’t end up keeping most of these. If you see one in the list that looks interesting to you, let me know and if I’ve still got it around, you may get lucky.
Hate to Want You , by Alisha Rai (August 2017)Whew. Need a cold shower after this one.
Are You Sleeping , by Kathleen Barber (August 1, 2017)Turns a “Serial”-style premise on its head and views a similar true-crime viral podcast from the POV of the family of the murder victim – what it’s like for their tragic loss to be laid open for anyone and everyone to pick at, opine about, and criticize.
- The Heart’s Invisible Furies, by John Boyne (August 2017)
- The Arsonist, by Stephanie Oakes (August 2017)
Unraveling Oliver , by Liz Nugent (August 22, 2017)The first fifty pages literally gave me nightmares. Did not finish.
Sip , by Brian Allen Carr (August 2017)Post-apocalyptic story that isn’t bad, just not my thing.
The Blinds , by Adam Sternbergh (August 2017)So good. Stop what you’re doing and go read it now. I’ll wait.
The Daughters of Ireland , by Santa Montefiore (August 2017)Middling. Probably would have enjoyed it more had I realized it’s the middle book of a trilogy, and had I started at the beginning of the series.
- Summer Hours at the Robbers Library, by Sue Halperin (undated)
- All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, by Bryn Greenwood (undated)
- Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage, by Brian Castner (December 2017)
- Gnomon, by Nick Harkaway (January 2018)
- Red Sky at Noon, by Simon Sebag Montefiore (January 2, 2018)
- Scones and Scoundrels: The Highland Bookshop Mystery Series, Book 2, by Molly MacRae (January 2, 2018)
- The Lucky Ones, by Tiffany Reisz (February 13, 2018)
All Out: The No-Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages , edited by Saundra Mitchell (February 27, 2018)Nothing inherently wrong with individual stories AS stories, but given the overarching theme, the collection as a whole is weak. A bit of a disappointment.
Daphne , by Will Boast (February 2018)A modern reworking of Daphne and Apollo. I’m not sure exactly what I expected, but this wasn’t it. Mood: ambivalent.
- Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers, by Sara Ackerman (February 13, 2018)
Sociable , by Rebecca Harrington (March 2018)Literally the first thing I did upon finishing this book was roll my eyes. Not funny, not insightful, and not especially well-written. Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan , by Ted Scheinman (March 6, 2018)A delicious, fluffy memoir about attending a Jane Austen Society of North America gathering.
- Nine Irish Lives: The Fighters, Thinkers & Artists Who Helped Build America, edited by Mark Bailey (March 6, 2018)
- All the Beautiful Girls, by Elizabeth J. Church (March 6, 2018)
- Frat Girl, by Kiley Roach (March 27, 2018)
- I Have Lost My Way, by Gayle Forman (March 2018)
The Baby Plan , by Kate Rorick (March 2018)Fast, funny, and feel-good. Just what the doctor ordered. Also there is not enough money in the world to convince me EVER to have a gender reveal party. Yikes.
- One Kiss or Two? The Art and Science of Saying Hello, by Andy Scott (March 2018)
- Twelve Steps to Normal, by Farrah Penn (March 13, 2018)
- Beneath a Prairie Moon, by Kim Vogel Sawyer (March 20, 2018)
- The Price of a Haircut, by Brock Clarke (March 13, 2018)
- Love and Death in the Sunshine State: The Story of a Crime, by Cutter Wood (April 17, 2018)
- My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie (April 2018)
- The Overstory, by Richard Powers (April 2018)
- Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History, by Yunte Huang (April 2018)
- Ace of Shades, by Amanda Foody (April 10, 2018)
- The Diminished, by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson (April 10, 2018)
- The Spirit Photographer, by Jon Michael Varese (April 2018)
- Unbury Carol, by Josh Malerman (April 10, 2018)
- Lawn Boy, by Jonathan Evison (April 3, 2018)
- Undiscovered Country, by Kelly O’Connor McNees (April 3, 2018)
- Varina, by Charles Frazier (April 2018)
- Noir, by Christopher Moore (April 2018)
- A Necessary Evil (Wyndham, Book 2), by Abir Mukherjee (April 3, 2018)
- Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine, By Edward Lee (April 2018)
- Family & Other Catastrophes, by Alexandra Borowitz (April 10, 2018)
- The Soul of a Thief, by Steven Hartov (April 17, 2018)
- First, We Make the Beast Beautiful, by Sarah Wilson (April 2018)
- The Magnificent Esme Wells, by Adrienne Sharp (April 2018)
- The Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer (April 3, 2018)
- Macbeth, by Jo Nesbø (April 2018)
- The Oracle Year, by Charles Soule (April 3, 2018)
- We Own the Sky, by Luke Allnut (April 3, 2018)
- You Me Everything, by Catherine Isaac (May 1, 2018)
- Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad & Criminal in 19th-Century New York, by Stacy Horn (May 15, 2018)
- All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother, by Danielle Teller (May 2018)
- Tin Man, by Sarah Winman (May 15, 2018)
- Another Side of Paradise, by Sally Koslow (May 2018)
- A Reckoning, by Linda Spalding (May 2018)
- Ike and Kay, by James MacManus (May 2018)
- Bobby Sky: Boy Band or Die, by Joe Shine (May 2018)
- The Optimistic Decade, by Heather Abel (May 1, 2018)
- The Seasonaires, by Janna King (May 2, 2018)
- The Queen of Sorrow, by Sarah Beth Durst (May 2018)
- The Honey Farm, by Harriet Alida Lye (May 2018)
- Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All (May 1, 2018)
- The Poppy War, by R. F. Kuang (May 2018)
- Fat Girl on a Plane, by Kelly Devos (June 5, 2018)
- All That is Left is All that Matters, by Mark Slouka (June 2018)
- Boardwalk Summer, by Meredith Jaeger (June 2018)
- Me, Myself and Them, by Daniel Mooney (June 19, 2018)
- Left: A Love Story, by Mary Hogan (June 2018)
- The Emperor of Shoes, by Spencer Wise (June 5, 2018)
- The Lost Vintage, by Ann Mah (June 2018)
- Fruit of the Drunken Tree, by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (July 2018)
- Blood & Ivy, by Paul Collins (July 2018)
- April in Paris, 1921, by Tessa Lunney (July 3, 2018)
DAYS UNTIL I PICK UP THE NEXT BATCH OF ARCS: 114 (ALA Annual 2018, June 22-25)