10 Books to be Excited About For Summer/Fall 2017
We’re just a couple of days away from the start of June, meaning, somehow, half of the year has already gone by.
So many books that I impatiently waited for, counting down the days until they were finally published, now sit on my bookshelves, their secrets revealed. While it’s easy to feel a little sad that the joy of reading Caraval, King’s Cage, Strange the Dreamer, A Court of Wings and Ruin, and so many other for the first time is now behind us, there’s so much more to look forward to in the second half of the year.
This week The Broke and The Bookish are inviting writers and readers to share their most anticipated reads for the rest of 2017 and I have ten books that promise deliver some twisty tales, and more details from favorite worlds.
He Said/She Said, Erin Kelly
The book blurb is low on details, but that usually tells me that there are some great surprises in store that the publisher won’t risk spoiling. It feels like there’s been a lot of buzz over the past few months from thriller/mystery fans, so I can’t wait to dive in.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, Roxane Gay
As someone who hosts a body positive book club I am high-fiving a million angels that Roxane Gay is delivering such a fantastic addition to everyone’s summer reading list. I’m looking forward to Gay’s unique voice as she explores what it feels like to live in live in a body- what it means to the outside world, and what it means to each of us to nourish that body.
This will be the July pick for the Circles of Change Book Club, but you can believe I won’t be able to wait until July to start reading!
The Disappearances, Emily Bain Murphy
What are the disappearances and why are they happening every 7 years? This book about the rural town of Sterling and the mysterious magic at the center of the story is exactly the kind of summer read I want. Or any time of year really. But there’s something about the description that tells me that I’ll enjoy this with the windows open and a nice summer breeze carrying in all the naturally magical scents of the outdoors.
The Lying Game, Ruth Ware
June 15/ July 25
I’m a Ruth Ware fan, having moderately enjoyed In A Dark, Dark, Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 was a four star read for me. With any luck the author is only getting better with each book leading me to hope that the next book will be a five. That being said, I'm happy to wait for the US pub date, though the book should be available through Book Depository for those outside the UK who can't wait to get their hands on it.
Daughter of the Burning City, Amanda Foody
Dear Amanda Foody, you had me at “unusual members of the traveling circus-city.” Then add in the idea of an illusion being killed as though it’s a real person and I’m ready to jump on this crazy train and go for a ride. I’m always excited by the prospect of a new fantasy book that delivers engaging world building, and well-crafted magic, and I hope this book will deliver.
Tower of Dawn, Sarah J Maas
I can’t imagine a day in my life when I don’t have at least one Sarah J Maas publication to look forward to within a calendar year. Now that I’m (almost) over the experience that was ACOWAR I’m eager to turn my attention to Chaol’s story in the Throne of Glass series. I know that some readers are wary of what feels like an abrupt diversion from where things ended in the last book, but as I'm eager to enjoy more and more of this world, and I know that Maas is always playing the long game, I'm eager to see what this new book sets in motion for the bigger picture.
(Also looking forward to seeing the actual cover and what it will look like without our beloved heroine on the cover!)
One Dark Throne, Kendare Blake
Three Dark Crowns was a book that snuck up on me. Initially, as I was listening to the audiobook I felt like I had made a huge mistake. There were so many names and places to keep track of in the story that I felt like it would have been better to read the actual text instead of listening. As the story progressed I worried that I wasn’t connecting with the characters but I was so intrigued by the ending! Enough that I’ve thought about it months after I finished the book.
There's Someone Inside Your House, Stephanie Perkins
I don’t know what this says about me as a person, but I love YA slasher content. Scream and the first season of Scream Queens were the definition of “guilty tv.” And now it looks like we’ll get some of those kinds of thrills in this new book where a murderer is working their way through a local high school. I haven’t read any of Perkins’ previous books so I’m not as shocked by the genre of her newest title, I’m just ready for some thrills.
Sleeping Beauties, Stephen King and Owen King
Stephen King is one of my autobuy authors but I’m particularly keen to see what this book coauthored with his son Owen will be like. Historically I’ve enjoyed his coauthored work, like with The Talisman and Black House, so I have high hopes for this story of women afflicted with a strange sleeping disease. This one will be perfect for being in a cocoon of my own, though mine will be blankets instead of mysterious fibers.
The Afterlife of Holly Chase, Cynthia Hand
I’ll admit there’s something about the name “Project Scrooge” that makes me want to roll my eyes, probably because I’m the kind of person who looks forward to movies that Lifetime and Hallmark roll out for the holiday season just so my husband and I can enact our own version of Mystery Science Theater 3000, but about implausible meet-cutes and intense holiday themes instead of SciFi. Beyond that, I’m genuinely curious about this Dicken’s retelling and how the author will deliver a unique redemption.
(I also sometimes just genuinely enjoy watching the cheesy holiday movies, but that will be our little secret.)
Well, it looks like I can expect July and September in particular to be really great reading months!
What book are you most looking forward to in the remainder of 2017?