Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Top 10 Most Anticipated Books for the Second Half of 2017
Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week we're talking about upcoming books, which is one of my favorite types of list! I don't pay as much attention to upcoming books as I used to just because I get so overwhelmed at what's out there, but I'm actually doing a library program in August about fall books so I do need to do some research. There are a lot of lists of books coming out this summer, but not much for fall yet (I'm pretty sure there's a Booklist fall issue at work, but I haven't looked at it yet.)
My list is a mix of books published in the second half of 2017 and books that are already out but I'm hoping to read in the second half of the year. Let's take a look!
I think it was last fall that another librarian (and former coworker) read a galley and told me how amazing it is. I'm on hold at the library. Bonus: the author is also a bookseller at my favorite local bookstore
2. The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman (October 19)
I don't even know if it's called that - Pullman is writing a trilogy by that title and the first book is due out in October. It's a companion trilogy to His Dark Materials and I cannot wait! I think I might re-listen to His Dark Materials before then in preparation. It's amazing on audio.
3. Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta (August 1)
A 40-something divorcee gets an anonymous text message saying "U R my MILF!" and she becomes obsessed with it, breaking out of her bland life to explore her new interest in the sexual exploits of women her age. Meanwhile her chauvinistic frat-boy son finds that college isn't what he expected. Honestly I don't even care what this book is about because NEW TOM PERROTTA NOVEL!
Kirkus says "it is the most immaculate takedown of slut-shaming in literature or anywhere else." Sign me up! It sounds like it's inspired by Monica Lewinsky (and have you watched her TED talk? You should!) and Gabrielle Zevin is such a great writer I don't know why I haven't read more of her books.
5. Bonfire by Krysten Ritter (November 7)
I think this is a crime/thriller which I'm not super into these days, but I loved Krysten Ritter in Jessica Jones and she's really fun to follow on Instagram (she knits!) so I'm pretty interested in this!
6. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson (May, out now)
This is super popular and I've heard lots of great things about it. I just read and enjoyed a book about physics by another author and have been wanting to read something by Tyson for a while.
7. The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (May, out now)
Part true-crime, part memoir, in which the author's staunch anti-death penalty views are challenged. Interested because I'm also strongly opposed to the death penalty so I'm very interested to see if my own views waiver. I also haven't read any true crime in a while although I find it fascinating.
A woman leaves her marriage and moves in with her dad and his sex doll in a trailer park. The life she escaped was one controlled by her husband and the company he founded ("Gogol Industries") and came to a head when he wanted to wirelessly connect them through brain chips in the first "mind meld." I hope this book is just as daring as Tampa.
9. Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore (September 19)
A new Kristin Cashore novel is always cause for excitement (though I still haven't read Bitterblue). This one sounds like a departure from the world of Graceling. A young woman is raised by her aunt Magnolia who is then lost on an Antarctic expedition. Jane then embarks on her own adventure, and I imagine she maybe learns about what happens to her aunt? I don't know, but this description had me at "Antarctic expedition."
I don't usually hop on debut novels, but this one is about Lizzie Borden and the events surrounding her notoriety, and has a fantastic cover. Yes, please!
Oh my gosh, once I got going it was difficult to narrow down the list! There are so many more books coming out that I'm interested in, but as of right now these are the ones that intrigue me the most. (Oh shoot - I just found a note reminding me about Touch by Courtney Maum, so I'm just going to squeeze that one in real quick!)
This summer I have to read books for our community read and also for a book award committee I just agreed to be on, but hopefully I'll have time to read some of these too so I don't have to wait until fall.
What are you looking forward to reading in the second half of the year?