While I wanted to grab every single book being given out at BEA and there were many, I tried to only pick books that truly appealed to me. I did commit some cringe-worthy behaviour at a couple of free-for-alls because it’s hard to resist a table full of shiny free galleys. If anything those moments proved bloggers may be introverts, but deep down inside lies a killer instinct when it comes to books!
Here’s what you can look forward to for the Fall and Winter.
Geraldine Brooks – The Secret Chord
The life of King David in the Second Iron Age of Israel. I find insight into the life of such a prominent figure from the Bible fascinating.
Julie Checkoway – The Three-Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui’s Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory
The next big inspired by true events movie of the year, perhaps?
Ernest Cline – Armada: A Novel
A pop-culture infused coming of age tale with video games, science fiction and alien invasions. Sounds perfect!
Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranfor –Welcome to Night Vale
From the creators of the popular podcast, a small town mystery where the supernatural is the norm. I keep hearing about this podcast and want to find out what these guys are all about.
Jonathan Franzen – Purity
A dark comedy about a young girl who becomes involved with an organization that traffics secrets. I haven’t read anything by Jonathan Franzen before, so this will be my introduction.
Elsa Hart – Jade Dragon Mountain
In eighteenth century China, an exiled librarian investigates the murder of a Jesuit astronomer. I haven’t read anything from this time period in China, so I’m curious how the story plays out.
A.S. King – I Crawl Through It
Four stressed out teenagers find bizarre and creative ways to escape their problems. Yeah, I’m not quite sure what this is about either, but still excited to read it.
Liza Klaussmann – Villa America
An American couple and their ex-pat friends enjoy a glamourous lifestyle on the French Riviera while hiding secrets and heartbreak. Sounds like a great book for summer!
Dan Marshall – Home is Burning
A funny and scathing memoir about a man who returns home to care for his ailing father and is reintroduced to his messy family life. Who doesn’t like a book where someone else’s family is more dysfunctional than your own?
Gavin McCrea – Mrs. Engels
A poor Irish girl moves to England and witnesses the attempted revolution of the working class by Frederick Engels and Karl Marx. I can’t ignore the significant historical figures and events in this book.
Katie McGarry – Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1)
The attraction between a young girl and boy is complicated by their loyalty to a motorcycle club. Maybe I’m just missing Sons of Anarchy, but I was sold as soon as they mentioned “hot motorcycle guy”.
Alison Pick – Between Gods
A woman discovers that her grandparents hid their Jewish heritage and finds that she is obsessively drawn to the faith. One of my favourite Canadian books from last year, I hope the international release is successful.
Garth Risk Hallberg – City on Fire
The entangled lives of several New Yorkers in the time leading up to the July 13th, 1977 blackout. The cross-section of lives during this turbulent time period really grabbed me.
Amy Stewart – Girl Waits With Gun
Based on the true story of one of America’s first female deputy sheriffs. The main character sounds so cool!
Ruth Ware – In A Dark, Dark Wood
A young woman wakes up in the hospital following a hen’s night with long-estranged friends knowing someone has been murdered, but not what actually happened. The story sounds so eerie and mysterious!
Nicola Yoon – Everything, Everything
A young girl with a rare disease leads a lonely life stuck inside her home until her new neighbour gives her every reason to venture out into the world.
Over the next week or so, I will post all of the children’s books I picked up, the best tips and tricks from Blogger Con and my overall experience at BEA with Laura from Reading in Bed. We had an amazing time!
Have you heard of any of these books? Do any of them grab your attention?