I finished a book yesterday (Along the Infinite Sea ; Grade – meh) and went to Amazon to find my next read and everything I tried to buy is still on pre-order. This is very annoying but it did give me the idea to highlight some of the books I’m looking forward to for the rest of 2016, so here you go:
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney (Late March)
I don’t know a ton about this, except that Amy Poehler told us to go read it and she’s our Queen… A debut novel about a dysfunctional group of siblings receiving an inheritance.
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (April)
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a lot of people have tried and failed to remake Pride and Prejudice. Curtis Sittenfeld has written a lot of good things, my favorites being Prep and American Wife, so we will see what she can do with this little story, only my favorite book of all time. Good luck, girlfriend.
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler (May)
I love all things food related – this is a debut novel for Danler, who uses her experience waitressing in Manhattan as fodder for this story of a young woman in the big city restaurant world.
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub (May)
Straub’s new novel about a close group of college friends whose children are now heading off to college. Last year, I really enjoyed her book The Vacationers so I’m looking forward to this.
Listen to Me by Hannah Pittard (July)
Listen to Me is being called a “modern gothic” and “Hitchcockian” which sounds like fun. The story is about a married couple on a road trip, a mugging, a remote inn without power, and I’m in.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling (July)
Duh. An extension of the masterpiece, now focused on Harry and Ginny’s children and their family legacy. Which, if you think about it, would be kind of annoying. Like if you were Superman’s kid and you just wanted to be an accountant or something and didn’t care about saving the world. Anyway, she is quick to tell you that this is not a new book, rather it is more like the screenplay of the London stage production. Nice try, Jo, my expectations refuse to be lowered.
Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley (September)
Eighth in the series of Flavia de Luce mysteries (chemistry is her hobby, poison is her passion), we find our heroine back in England after being expelled from her Canadian boarding school for very very good reasons. If you’ve never read any of this series, they are wonderful, start at the beginning with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.
The Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice and Fire #6) by George R.R. Martin (2067, Probably)
SUPPOSEDLY, the sixth installment of the excellent Game of Thrones books will be released sometime in 2016. But we all know that Martin is such a liar that his pants are on fire, so I will reserve my faith until I see at least a frigging pre-order on Amazon before I believe any of it.