Summertime Books to Read

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It’s been a little quiet over here the past few weeks. I’ve just been a little unfocused, but I do have an ever-growing pile of books to read. I figured it is about that time when everyone is getting antsy about their vacation reads and I’m not ashamed to jump on the list bandwagon. My summer reading list was jump-started by the phenomenal The Fever by Megan Abbott, which I recently reviewed.

So, here are eight selections of galleys that are piling up as I type.* Do you have any summer choices you’re hot to crack open?

1. The Supernatural Enhancements “What begins as a clever, gothic ghost story soon evolves into a wickedly twisted treasure hunt in…Edgar Cantero’s wholly original, modern-day adventure.”

2. Shirley “A fictional young couple spends a year at Bennington in 1964 with novelist Shirley Jackson and her husband in this captivating psychological thriller.”

3. Bellweather Rhapsody “Fifteen years ago, a murder/suicide in room 712 rocked the grand old Bellweather Hotel… Now hundreds of high school musicians, including quiet bassoonist Rabbit Hatmaker…have gathered in its cavernous, crumbling halls for the annual Statewide festival.”

4. Jackaby “Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary.”

5. After the People Lights Have Gone Off “This collection of fifteen stories taps into the horrors and fears of the supernatural as well as the everyday.”

6. Lost for Words “The judges on the panel of the Elysian Prize for Literature must get through hundreds of submissions to find the best book of the year…[a] satire that cuts to the quick of some of the deepest questions about the place of art in our celebrity-obsessed culture”

7. The Murder Farm “An unconventional detective story, [it] is an exciting blend of eyewitness account, third-person narrative, pious diatribes, and incomplete case file.”

8. Mr Mercedes “[A] mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.”

 

*I do not have a copy of The Murder Farm yet, but I am looking forward to it, nonetheless. This book is hugely successful in Germany (original title: Tannöd). The first-time writer was rejected several times and only given a 1,000 euro advance by a small publisher. Now, it’s required reading and was adapted into a film.

**Synopses provided by publishers.

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11 comments

  1. I’m working on THE FEVER now–you’re right, it is great so far. MR. MERCEDES was okay; not King’s best, but still solid. Did you see he announced it will be the first book of a trilogy? (Don’t go looking on Twitter for it–he includes major spoilers in one little Tweet.)

  2. They all sound riveting, but SHIRLEY for goodness sake! A thriller about a year with Shirley Jackson—what’s not to love? And by love I mean be totally terrified (Yes, I read We Have Always Lived In The Castle when I was way too young). That’s just rocketed to my number one spot.

    1. I think Shirley comes out today, so it can be acquired! I’m still a little unsure about my feelings toward the premise, but I’ll go deeper into that for the review–I promise.

    1. I’ve been eyeballing that one ever since it arrived in the mail. It’s release date is a little later than others I have, so I’m trying my best to hold off and review others first.

      One of his short stories was published a few days ago on tor.com. It didn’t quite do it for me and I gather it’s a little different than the collection. It is a zombie post-apocalypse in New Hampshire.
      http://www.tor.com/stories/2014/06/chapter-six-stephen-graham-jones

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