A few months ago, I began reading and reviewing advanced reader copies of books prior to their publication. In addition to library volunteering, this has been an excellent way for me to stay abreast the publishing industry. For instance, right now historical dramas set around WWII are HOT. I would have never been able to make such a connection had I not been familiar with upcoming titles, and seeing what books keep making it into the library.
This past week, I attended my library’s “Book Buzz” event which, as always, does not disappoint. You get to learn about 25-30 upcoming books but in addition, you get to go home with an advanced reader copy of a book! Before mentioning what I got, I want to share seven books that I found the most interesting, all from different categories. There’s. a little something for everyone (and the titles are linked to where you can learn more).
- FANTASY: The Priority of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (out on Feb. 12)
- SURREAL FANTASY: The Nighter Tiger by Yangsze Choo (out on Feb. 12)
- HISTORICAL FICTION: American Duchess by Karen Harper (out on Feb. 26)
- HEART-WRENCHING: The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib (out on Feb. 5)
- CHILLING: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (out on Feb. 5)
- THRILLER: The Lost Man by Jane Harper (out on Feb. 5)
- NONFICTION: Don’t Label Me by Irshad Manji (out on Feb. 26)
As for the book I got, I picked one under the Nonfiction category that came out on January 15 called The Enchanted Hour by Meghan Cox Gurdon.
From HarperCollins Publishers, The Enchanted Hour is “A Wall Street Journal writer’s conversation-changing look at how reading aloud makes adults and children smarter, happier, healthier, more successful and more closely attached, even as technology pulls in the other direction.”
You have no idea how hard I am going to nerd out on this book.