A Burning by Megha Majumdar was hyped by almost every publication on the planet as one of the best books of June 2020. So I bought it.
It made me feel things…mostly sadness and anger. I guess that means it was good?
These upcoming August releases interested us. Be sure to comment below to add your own recommendations. We love hearing what you’re excited about reading!
Lobizona ~ Romina Garber (Release Date August 4, 2020)
The descriptions I’ve read make this book seem like a YA book that’s Harry Potter mixed with Argentinian folklore mixed with an allegory about illegal immigrants. I’m down.
Chaos Vector ~ Megan E. O’Keefe (Release Date July 28th or August 3, depending where you look)
2019’s wildly exciting Velocity Weapon gets a sequel this month in Chaos Vector. To say that I’m on the edge of my seat waiting to see where this story goes is beyond a simple understatement. Velocity Weapon was full of discussions around artificial intelligence morality, devastation, loss, hope, and political intrigue, and amazing and rich settings and visual descriptions. O’Keefe is sure to deliver more of the same fascinating story, and I can’t wait to see how her characters navigate the dangers they face – and what more they discover about the world she’s created.
offers her hand to be kissed,
& can form it into a fist
while smiling the whole damn time.
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo piqued my interest because it was written by a National Book Award winner, and it was on Amazon’s monthly list of best YA fiction.
Oh, and it was written in verse. That sounded kinda bonkers to me, and I wanted to check it out.
So far, it’s my favorite book that has been released in 2020.
There’s this general feeling in the Hella Colony that we’ll never conquer the planet if we hide behind the fences of Summerland Station. So we have to go out ourselves, smell the air and taste the world. We have to feel the dirt between our fingers. If we are ever going to make this planet ours, we have to give up our fear of it and get into a genuinely courageous relationship. That’s what Captain Skyler says.
But that doesn’t mean we have to be foolish about it.
David Gerrold is an accomplished author with undeniable scifi credentials, publishing dozens of scifi novels and writing a handful of episodes of Star Trek (including “The Trouble With Tribbles” in 1967). But when I first saw his new book announced I completely missed the connection to this author who I’ve read before – I was completely taken in by the premise, and only realized whose work I was reading much later.
Encountering new scifi from an acclaimed author is always a thrill, but Hella proves that Gerrold has always understood what makes scifi (and Star Trek) so great: fantastic scifi stories and real-world explorations of what it means to be human go hand-in-hand.
Reading is one of our favorite things to do during the summer months. Good books are perfect for the pool, the beach, and in bed with air conditioning.
These upcoming July releases interested us. Comment below to add your own recommendations. We’re not omniscient (yet), and we welcome any suggestions!
Pew: A Novel ~ Catherine Lacey (Release Date July 21, 2020)
I do not know much about this book, except it has something to do with a mysterious person who appears in a small town. Truth be told, there were not very many upcoming books in July with plot descriptions that set my hair on fire. BUT, this book has a bunch of recommendations, from Amazon, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, and The Millions. I thought I’d check it out too.
Girl, Serpent, Thorn ~ Melissa Bashardoust
I am excited for this new book from Bashardoust. Two of my favorite books from the past few years are Circe and the Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, and Girl, Serpent, Thorn somehow gives me shades of both while being unlike either. This book isn’t getting much press, but I expect it to be excellent.
Sometimes she craved a little danger. And that was why she had book club.
Sometimes, I have complex, layered reasons for picking up a particular book. Not so with Grady Hendrix’s The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Vampire Slaying. I mean, take a look at that title! Who could resist?
I’d just come off of a marathon reading session of challenging reads and I wanted light, engaging fare. It’s safe to say that my expectations were pretty high and my standards low. This book’s got everything I want in a vacation read, and early reviews teed it up to be the golf equivalent of a slam dunk. I was entirely unprepared to hate this book.
Sometimes the best way you can take care of yourself is by opening a good book. While our lives are full of difficult conversations, self reflection, and community action, we’d like to take this moment to talk about some books we’re excited about.
We understand that not everyone has the time, energy, or want to read right now. Our hearts are with you all, and these stories will wait patiently for when you’re ready to join them.
We hope everyone has been staying safe and healthy. If you are looking for more stuff to read, rejoice, for it is a new month! Here are some May releases that we are interested in. Comment below to add your own recommendations. We are certainly open to suggestions.
Clap When You Land ~ Elizabeth Acevedo (Release Date May 5, 2020)
It caught my attention by being on Amazon’s list of Best YA fiction of the month. It’s written by a National Book Award winner. The format looks interesting: a novel written like a poem (or vice versa). It’s been a while since I’ve read a straight-up Literary YA novel, and I am looking forward to trying this out!
Network Effect ~ Martha Wells (Release Date May 5, 2020)
Martha Wells dominated 2019 with three new novellas in her Murderbot Diaries series, and she is bringing the heat in 2020 as well by publishing its first full-length novel. I can’t wait to see what this new story has in store!
Catherine House ~ Elisabeth Thomas (Release Date May 12, 2020)
Elisabeth Thomas’s Catherine House promises deep intrigue and suspense set against a backdrop of a near-gothic boarding school in rural Pennsylvania. What secrets will be unearthed, what threats unleashed, to wander among the halls of Catherine House?
The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea ~ Maggie Tokuda-Hall (Release Date May 14, 2020)
Pirates, magic, rebellion, colonialism, marauders, thieves, and worse? Yes! This YA fantasy sounds like everything I need to curl up with after a long day in a long week in a long month, and I am so excited for whatever adventure waits among its pages.
There’s something in it, he decides later, standing in line for dinner. It’s possible to know you’re a criminal, a liar, a man of weak moral character, and yet not know it, in the sense of feeling that your punishment is somehow undeserved, that despite the cold facts you’re deserving of warmth and some kind of special treatment.
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel was one of the books I was most-looking forward to reading this year because I loved the author’s previous novel, Station Eleven.
The Glass Hotel is good. Not as good as Station Eleven. But good.
This was the body of a beautiful young woman, conventionally an object of desire, and yet it was a body from which all desire had been eliminated.
I really liked Parasite, the Korean film that won Academy Award for Best Picture. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It made me want to explore more Korean art, including Korean literature. I read a few lists (provided by google searches) of “great Korean literature.” One book was consistently (and prominently) featured in every list: The Vegetarian by Han Kang. So I bought it.
The Vegetarian was one of the strangest, powerfully thought-provoking novels I’ve read in a long, long time.