It’s Tuesday! The best day of the week for book lovers!
(I plan to make this a weekly thing, FYI).
In case you didn’t know it, most books are released for sale on Tuesdays. So, every Tuesday of every week of the year (except for maybe those years when Christmas falls on Tuesday), a bunch of books are released into the world. Authors’ hopes and dreams — their deepest thoughts and darkest secrets and most imaginative ideas — are let loose on the public. Many hold their breath, waiting to see how their endeavors will be received by the reading and critiquing public.
Today is a great day for new books, and also a tough day for me. There are soo-many-great-books released today, and I’m having a tough time getting through them all!!!
Here are the ones I’ve highlighted to read:
Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran. The story of a young boy loved by two women. One is his biological, undocumented mother; the other, his foster mother, a woman unable to have her own children. Haunting and lovely, a story of true love breaking hearts.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. A magical debut novel for readers of Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, and Neil Gaiman’s myth-rich fantasies, The Bear and the Nightingale spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent with a gorgeous voice.
The Dry by Jane Harper. This one is getting A LOT of attention on many must-read lists. It’s next for me!
“I was surprised to realize that The Dry was Jane Harper’s debut novel. The writing is fantastic, and the plot – where many mystery/thrillers fall short these days – was completely unpredictable in the best ways possible. Federal Agent, Aaron Faulk, returns to his hometown in Australia to mourn, and inevitably investigate, his best friend’s apparent suicide. What comes next is a series of twists and turns that will keep you guessing all the way until the end. I repeatedly found myself shocked and pulled in by Harper’s fast paced and engrossing writing. Truly a fantastic read and hopefully the first of many to come from Ms. Harper.” –Penny Mann, The Amazon Book Review
The River at Night by Erica Ferencik. A high stakes drama set against the harsh beauty of the Maine wilderness, charting the journey of four friends as they fight to survive the aftermath of a white water rafting accident, The River at Night is a nonstop and unforgettable thriller by a stunning new voice in fiction.
Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson. The author of the wildly popular The Kind Worth Killing returns with an electrifying and downright Hitchcockian psychological thriller—as tantalizing as the cinema classics Rear Window and Wait Until Dark—involving a young woman caught in a vise of voyeurism, betrayal, manipulation, and murder.
The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian. (What I’m reading now!) When Annalee Ahlberg goes missing, her children fear the worst. Annalee is a sleepwalker whose affliction manifests in ways both bizarre and devastating. Once, she merely destroyed the hydrangeas in front of her Vermont home. More terrifying was the night her older daughter, Lianna, pulled her back from the precipice of the Gale River bridge. The morning of Annalee’s disappearance, a search party combs the nearby woods. Annalee’s husband, Warren, flies home from a business trip. Lianna is questioned by a young, hazel-eyed detective. And her little sister, Paige, takes to swimming the Gale to look for clues. When the police discover a small swatch of fabric, a nightshirt, ripped and hanging from a tree branch, it seems certain Annalee is dead, but Gavin Rikert, the hazel-eyed detective, continues to call, continues to stop by the Ahlbergs’ Victorian home. As Lianna peels back the layers of mystery surrounding Annalee’s disappearance, she finds herself drawn to Gavin, but she must ask herself: Why does the detective know so much about her mother? Why did Annalee leave her bed only when her father was away? And if she really died while sleepwalking, where was the body?
SEE! This is why my TBR list grows sooo out of control!!! So many great books this week (most of them mysteries, at least on my list). I’ve got to go so I can GET READING!!!