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)Witty and heartbreaking and insightful. The ending made me cry.
The Arsonist, by Stephanie Oakes (August 2017)An interesting triple-thread YA mystery novel, linking two present-day teens with the story of an Anne Frank-style = East German teenage diarist in the final years of the Berlin Wall.
Summer Hours at the Robbers Library, by Sue Halperin (undated)A lightweight but gripping read, with three people who need to find a way into a community in order to move on into the next chapters of their lives.
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, by Bryn Greenwood (undated)This one is difficult. It’s well-written and totally gripping, and you’re definitely rooting for the couple at the center of the story, but you feel uncomfortable doing so, given who they are. It forces you to look at why you’re rooting for them and why you’re uncomfortable, as well as the many-faceted nature of consent.
- Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage, by Brian Castner (December 2017)
Gnomon, by Nick Harkaway (January 2018)Got about 5 pages in and couldn’t face 670 pages of dystopian fiction. Did not finish.
- 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)A delightful cozy mystery. And now I want scones.
- 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)
Boardwalk Summer, by Meredith Jaeger (June 2018)I do love a happy ending, and this had more than one. Dual and unexpectedly intersecting timelines, set in present day and 1940s Santa Cruz, CA.
Me, Myself and Them, by Daniel Mooney (June 19, 2018)Really gets you into the head of someone suffering from severe mental illness – the fear, the anxiety, the comfort in ritual, and the way the delusions try to protect themselves from discovery.
The Lost Vintage, by Ann Mah (June 2018)More complicated than I expected at first, dealing with issues of family secrets and trust, mixed up with French wine and the experience of those living near the Demarcation Line in Nazi-occupied France.
- 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)Somewhat surprisingly, not a fast read, but an enjoyable one, full of 1920s life in Paris, complete with Pablo Picasso. Kiki is an interesting main character, realistically damaged by her experiences in WWI, and refreshingly not a Daisy Miller type.
DAYS UNTIL I PICK UP THE NEXT BATCH OF ARCS: 0 (ALA Annual 2018, June 22-25)