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)
The Diminished, by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson (April 10, 2018)Fast, fun YA fantasy – first in planned duology (appropriate, for worldbuilding based on twins!). Looking forward to the second volume expected next year.
The Spirit Photographer, by Jon Michael Varese (April 2018)Strange story based on the post-Civil War enthusiasm for “spirit photography,” distrusted by many and promoted by some spiritualists. Teeters on the edge of Southern Gothic at times.
- Unbury Carol, by Josh Malerman (April 10, 2018)
Lawn Boy, by Jonathan Evison (April 3, 2018)Annoyed by narrative style. Abandoned after 30 pages.
Undiscovered Country, by Kelly O’Connor McNees (April 3, 2018)So good. I finished it in a few hours and then was sad to leave Lorena Hickok’s strong and compelling voice. Varina, by Charles Frazier (April 2018)Slogged through it because I felt bad about abandoning my sole attempt to read Cold Mountain when I was in high school, but it was indeed kind of a slog…
Noir, by Christopher Moore (April 2018)Not my thing but I know Moore is popular so I’ll just leave it there. Abandoned quickly.
- 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)
The Magnificent Esme Wells, by Adrienne Sharp (April 2018)Huh, a second book in one batch about a Vegas showgirl. This time set in the 1950s and the influence of Jewish mobsters on the development of the Las Vegas we all know and love today.
The Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer (April 3, 2018)Not as much there there as I expected, if you see what I mean. Worth the read, but frankly it felt like it could have dug in a bit more. For a story about generational feminism, one of the most interesting character arcs belonged to a man.
Macbeth, by Jo Nesbø (April 2018)Novelization of the Shakespeare play, set in a drug-riddled town in 1970s Scotland. The title character is an ambitious police officer. The entire piece exists in a twilight world of grime and gloom. Magnificently written and, naturally, extremely violent.
The Oracle Year, by Charles Soule (April 3, 2018)More thoughtful than you might expect from the subject matter – if you have information about the future that can influence behavior on a large scale, what do you do with it?
- 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)By having each woman (and Henry) written by a different author, this book effectively made all six women protagonists, instead of rivals. Nowhere near as trashy as the title sounds. Well done.
- 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: 53 (ALA Annual 2018, June 22-25)