When I went to put this post together on Sunday, I realized I had forgotten just how many books are coming out this month that I’m incredibly excited for! And I really wanted to write my review for A Team of Their Own. So for today, the first round of books are already out – and there are so many coming out today that I’m SO excited for people to finally read so I have people to talk about the books with! While some are anticipated bestsellers, I hope that you’ll find a hidden gem or two that interests you! And in honor of Women’s History Month, nearly every book I’m excited about this month is by a woman.
As the book buyer for a local independent book store, I have the great joy of being able to see what books are coming, what publishers are excited about, and more, a good three to nine months before the books are actually released. While this is normally very exciting, it also means that by the time the book comes out, I’ve most likely already read, and therefore forgotten, about it. My hope here is to a, share some exciting new titles with you, lovely book lovers and b, remind myself of all the books that will be arriving in the store this month! While the release dates are for US editions, most will be available internationally around the same time or shortly thereafter. In the USA, I recommend purchasing through IndieBound, in the UK, and many other parts of the world, I recommend Blackwell’s, and if neither of those cover where you live, I recommend checking out your local booksellers before turning to major chains/online for your book buying needs.
I’ve chosen a collection of books in a variety of genres because I have a myriad of tastes and interests, hopefully one, or a few, will appeal to you! Reviews will be posted for some of the titles as they are released!
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
- House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas – 2019 was the first year since 2012 without a Sarah J. Maas book and I was going through withdrawal. Until the ARC for House of Earth and Blood arrived on my doorstep. It’s quite different than Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses but I think those who love her work already will enjoy it immensely and those who are new to her writing, will love it as well!
- The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu – If I thought I was a Marie Lu fan before, I didn’t know what I was in for with The Kingdom of Back. As a violist, I’ve always loved classical music and as a student of classical music, I couldn’t understand why people didn’t know about Mozart’s sister. Marie Lu gives Nannerl the staring role she deserves and I was blown away by how much her writing has grown since Legend.
- Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare – Our Simon & Schuster sales rep has been desperately trying to get me back on the Cassandra Clare train and I had been refusing left and right every ARC he sent me. I was over it. The Infernal Devices were my favorite and until she revisited that era of Shadowhunters, I wasn’t having any of it. Well, she did. And it’s great. And I don’t know what I was being so stupid about before.
- Thin Places by Jordan Kisner – Thin Places is one of the best essay collections I have ever read, hands down, end of conversation. It was sent to me by my favorite editor at FSG and I am anxiously awaiting the next book he wishes to send my way.
- We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry – I love all things witches and with the ’80s nostalgia as a backdrop, We Ride Upon Sticks is a fun and feminist tour de force!
- Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn – A Hawaiian novel by a Hawaiian man about Hawaiian folklore, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before. I got to meet the author in January and it’s a great addition to the fiction collection for readers who like you unique narratives by authors of unique backgrounds.
- Lost Autumn by Mary-Rose MacColl – I love a good royal book and this one is set in Australia when David, soon to be the former king best known for his abdication and marriage to an American divorcee, is on a royal tour. It’s fun, it’s fluffy, it’s a great spring break read.
- The Body Double by Emily Beyda – A literary noir thriller, The Body Double is a fascinating look at celebrity culture today. A fresh young voice in the literary thriller genre, this is one book I absolutely cannot wait to watch the film adaptation of, it’s just so cinematic in its scope that it would be hard to go too off base with the adaptation.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
- Untamed by Glennon Doyle – Untamed is my first Glennon Doyle and I was, admittedly, surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Glennon talks about how she felt lost as a person by how society conditioned her to behave. It’s a freeing look at feminism and femininity in 21st century America.
- Recollections of My Nonexistence by Rebecca Solnit – Similar to Untamed in it’s subject manner and scope, Rebecca Solnit’s first memoir is evocative of the essay collections that made her a cult feminist icon. I had the joy of seeing her do a keynote speech at a conference in January and I was blown away by her once again.
- Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams – The follow up to The Bromance Book Club is fun and delightful and features two of my favorite characters from the original. This is a smart and witty romance and I’m so thrilled Lyssa’s books pass the Bechdel test!
- My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell – This book was given to me as a bound manuscript a FULL YEAR ago at the biannual buyer’s retreat. When I first read it, I was not a fan. But after having conversations with my coworkers and fellow booksellers, it began to grow on me. It’s a thoroughly #MeToo book that focuses on one woman’s story and understanding of a crime committed against her.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
- Beheld by TaraShea Nesbit – A murder story in Puritan New England? Sign me up! I studied early American history for years and am always excited when the time period and setting is the focus for a book.
- The Lady’s Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness by Sarah Ramey – Sarah’s memoir is a hilarious and intriguing look into female health care. Having had my own experiences with male doctor’s discounting my pain and sending me home without tests or diagnoses, I related to Sarah on so many levels. It’s not anti-male doctors, but is pro-figuring out women’s medical issues without just chalking it up to the all encompassing “cramps.”
- The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune – I didn’t actually get to read this one myself, but FOUR of my coworkers did and described it as Lemony Snicket meets Miss Peregrine’s meets Good Omens but with a lot more fun and fantasy. It’s queer, it’s sweet, it’s funny, and there’s more to come from this dazzling author.
- The Woman in the Mirror by Rebecca James – A gothic ghost story, which isn’t often my thing, but I felt drawn to this one for some reason. It’s well written and the story kept me turning pages. It’s a promising debut and I look forward to where Rebecca James will go from here.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
- House Lessons by Erica Mauermesiter – The sales reps joke that now that I’m 30 I don’t scoff every time they suggest a book written by a woman in middle-age. I laugh and tell them I just love a good memoir, and am fond of house remodels. My father is a contractor so until I bought my own house, a 1924 built row home, I hadn’t ever lived in something old enough to require a remodel. As I’ve been fixing up my own house, I found myself relating to many of the parallels Erica draws between houses and life.
- The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel – Another one I didn’t read myself, I gave my advance copy away to a coworker who adores her so the recommendation for this one is from her. This is Emily’s first book since her breakout, Station Eleven, and my coworker promises this one is even better.
- For Love and Country by Candace Waters – Another forgotten WWII story is the focus of For Love and Country, that of the Navy women’s auxiliary forces, the WAVES. Personally I cannot get enough stories about the women who defied convention and blazed new trails to serve in the armed forces during the war. With a romance at heart, For Love and Country is a great spring or summer read.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
- I Want You to Know We’re Still Here by Esther Safron Foer – A beautiful and inspiring post-WWII memoir, this is written by Jonathan Safron Foer’s mother and is the true story behind his fictional account of his grandparents’ lives, Everything is Illuminated.
- The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow – I love a good piece of Jane Austen fanfic or retelling and I always felt Mary Bennet didn’t get the credit or page/screen time she deserved. Janice Hadlow puts this injustice to rest in giving Mary center stage for her historical fiction novel of the famous Benent family.
- Days of Distraction by Alexandra Chang – I love a good story about a woman finding her way in the world and as an autobiographic novel, Days of Distraction made me feel like I was following along with Alexandra as well as her protagonist.
- Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon – And last but not least, a work of WWII historical fiction from the author of Flight of Dreams, one of my favorite historical fiction books about the Hindenberg. Which apparently I haven’t written a review for yet… I’ll have to fix that! Ariel’s I Was Anastasia put her on the literary map and this novel is poised to continue to push her books into the hands of literary historical fiction lovers worldwide.
While I enjoy doing this monthly collection, I ultimately hope that it is helpful to you, dear readers! Are there any books that I didn’t include that you’re excited for this month?