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.
- The Heart’s Invisible Furies, by John Boyne (August 2017)
- The Arsonist, by Stephanie Oakes (August 2017)
- 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)
- Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers, by Sara Ackerman (February 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)
- Unbury Carol, by Josh Malerman (April 10, 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)
You Me Everything, by Catherine Isaac (May 1, 2018)More thoughtful than I expected it to be regarding the challenges of single parenting and degenerative illness. A good chickflicky read.
Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad & Criminal in 19th-Century New York, by Stacy Horn (May 15, 2018)Fascinating nonfiction read on the topic of Blackwell’s Island, the 19th-century home of NYC’s charity hospitals, madhouse, almshouse, workhouse, and penitentiary. Striking to see all the ways in which we have (and haven’t) progressed. All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother, by Danielle Teller (May 2018)I do love a fairy tale retelling, and this one’s way different from the others I’ve read. Nicely done!
Tin Man, by Sarah Winman (May 15, 2018)Gorgeous – subdued yet passionate look at different kinds of love – parents and children, lovers, spouses, friends, family we’re born to and family we choose. Highly recommended. Another Side of Paradise, by Sally Koslow (May 2018)Historical fiction based on the romance of Sheilah Graham and F. Scott Fitzgerald, which ended with his death in 1940. A look at 1930s Hollywood gossip, 1920s British Jewish slums, and the impact of alcoholism in a relationship.
A Reckoning, by Linda Spalding (May 2018)Honestly, I finished this only a few days ago and already I can’t remember what I thought of it.
Ike and Kay, by James MacManus (May 2018)Historical fiction (emphasis on the fiction part) about the relationship between General Eisenhower and his British chauffeur during WWII. Heavily speculative, but still a decent read.
Bobby Sky: Boy Band or Die, by Joe Shine (May 2018)Not the story I expected, but good fun, if exceedingly silly. Juvenile delinquent is offered the chance either to die in juvie or train as a secret assassin/bodyguard type, which leads to an undercover assignment in a boy band. Yes, you read that correctly.
The Optimistic Decade, by Heather Abel (May 1, 2018)Perfectly captures the special kind of cynical idealism of the early-college-career leftie. Set in a utopian summer camp in the Colorado Rockies in 1990.
The Seasonaires, by Janna King (May 2, 2018)Whee, another book about the Evils of Social Media. Good beach read, maybe, but absolutely nothing of substance.
The Queen of Sorrow, by Sarah Beth Durst (May 2018)I don’t know what end I expected to this trilogy, but this wasn’t it. I’m not disappointed, though, just left thinking, rather than satiated.
The Honey Farm, by Harriet Alida Lye (May 2018)The first 3/4 or so was fascinating, and then it got REAL weird. And didn’t finish so much as just kinda stop.
The Poppy War, by R. F. Kuang (May 2018)LOVED THIS. Fantasy inspired by the Opium Wars in China – it’s grim and VERY violent, but totally gripping. I hope there’s more to come.
Fat Girl on a Plane, by Kelly Devos (June 5, 2018)If I were in a different place in my life, I might enjoy this. But I’m where I am, and it hit a nerve. Did not finish.
All That is Left is All that Matters, by Mark Slouka (June 2018)Bleak short stories about grief. I’m rarely drawn in by short stories, to be honest. Did not finish.
- 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)Big fat “meh.”
The Emperor of Shoes, by Spencer Wise (June 5, 2018)After 70 pages, it still wasn’t holding my interest. Did not finish.
- 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: 22 (ALA Annual 2018, June 22-25)