2014 Summer Book Preview

I think this winter has been more than enough for most of us, right? And then it came back for a little encore last week. I didn’t have any snow, but I did have to turn my heat back on and I was less than happy about it. With that being said, I think it’s beyond time to start thinking toward July and August and put a plan in place for our beach reads, shall we? These are the books I’m just itching to grab (and wouldn’t mind reading in the sun).
2014 Summer Book Beach Read Preview


“Based on a true story of discovery, The Visitors is New York Times bestselling author Sally Beauman’s brilliant recreation of the hunt for Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings—a dazzling blend of fact and fiction that brings to life a lost world of exploration, adventure, and danger, and the audacious men willing to sacrifice everything to find a lost treasure.”
“A gripping and provocative debut novel by a stunning new talent, California imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind’s dark nature and deep-seated resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love.”
“A beautifully written story of the delicate art of growing up, of love and war, of time travel and magic, and of the man who would become known as Captain Hook.”
“Dark, unexpectedly funny, and achingly human, Season to Taste is a deliciously subversive treat. In Lizzie Prain, Natalie Young has created one of the most remarkable and surprising heroines in fiction.”

Armada by Ernest Cline – July 28th

“A cinematic, inventive, heartwarming, and completely nerdtastic adventure from the best-selling author of Ready Player One.”

“Carrie La Seur makes her remarkable debut with The Home Place, a mesmerizing, emotionally evocative, and atmospheric literary novel in the vein of The House Girl and A Land More Kind Than Home, in which a successful lawyer is pulled back into her troubled family’s life in rural Montana in the wake of her sister’s death.”
“A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.”
“Jason Fitger’s life is a tale of woe, and the vehicle this droll and inventive novel uses to tell that tale is a series of hilarious letters of recommendation that Fitger is endlessly called upon by his students and colleagues to produce, each one of which is a small masterpiece of high dudgeon, low spirits, and passive-aggressive strategies.”
“Through the Learys, novelist Matthew Thomas charts the story of the American Century, particularly the promise of domestic bliss and economic prosperity that captured hearts and minds after WWII. The result is a riveting and affecting work of art; one that reminds us that life is more than a tally of victories and defeats, that we live to love and be loved, and that we should tell each other so before the moment slips away.”
“In this psychological page-turner set at a ‘last-chance’ school for teens, a teacher hides from her own terrible tragedy by teaching the Greek classics to her troubled students.”
Which summer books are you most excited for?
  • Anita LeBeau

    Nice group! I’ve got a couple of these waiting already! I have to admit I’ve had such a great year in reading thus far.

  • I haven’t heard of any of these books yet, I need to check them out! I have just one book on my ‘must read’ summer list, and that’s The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton. It’s a bigger book and I’m planning on bringing it to our annual, week long camping trip :)

  • I’m excited for The Visitors, Dear Committee Members, We Are Not Ourselves, and Bad Feminist, too!

    • I’m super excited for summer! Hopefully we can grab some of these at BEA – I know We Are Not Ourselves is on one of the Editor Buzz Panels!

      • Kelly Massry

        I got We Are Not Ourselves from Wendy at S&S – maybe better getting it from her since it’s a big book and you won’t want to lug it around Bea.

      • Yes yes yes! I submitted a request for The Visitors from the HC newsletter, so I’m hoping to get that in the mail.

  • Kerry M

    Bad Feminist! … and so many others. I am so itching for summer reading in the sun.

    • Bad Feminist is like all I want to read right now, especially after finishing An Untamed State.

      • Kerry M

        I haven’t read that one yet, but I have heard so many good things!

  • Armada! I want!

    Also, The Silkworm (the latest “Robert Galbraith” novel) comes out in June.

    • SO excited about Armada. And I didn’t read the first Robert Galbraith book, maybe I should give that one a shot.

      • I enjoyed it, although I liked the journey more than the destination.

  • Some great stuff coming out this summer. Hopefully it will make up for the lackluster winter my reading has been having.

    • I’m SO hoping so. Other than a few great highlights I’ve been somewhat dissapointed so far this year, too.

  • I want Armada and Season to Taste. It’s in that weird place between not still summer, but not quite fall, but I think you might be interested in Cry Father by Benjamin Whitmer (if it’s not already on your radar).

  • I have California, We Are Not Ourselves and The Furies already on my wishlist. Thanks for sharing the other titles I can be on the lookout for.

  • Whynott Blog

    Great list! I was a bit disappointed by Ready Player One, but I’m totally willing to give Ernest another shot. Also, anytime a book includes my home state (California) in it’s title, I feel compelled to check it out. :)

  • Eeeee, I am so excited for Bad Feminist. I love Roxane Gay.

  • Oh Shannon… always piling books on to my TBR list! ;) These sound fantastic, thanks for sharing!

  • Kelly Massry

    I have We Are Not Ourselves on my shelf and it’s been calling to me since I got it! I’m also scheduled to review The Home Place for TLC. Someone I went to grad school with just read California and gave it 5 stars. And Alias Hook sounds awesome – we’re a family of Peter Pan fans over here (My 5 year old is obsessed!) I’ve been meaning to read Betwixst and Between – it would be cool to read them back-to-back!

    • I’m scheduled for The Home Place with TLC, too, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m not always thrilled with shifted perspectives, but Alias Hook just sounds super interesting!

      • Kelly Massry

        I just tried to request it from St. Martin. I also requested An Untamed State and it’s coming later this week! Your 5 star rating put me over the edge! She’s going to be in Brooklyn on May 6th and I just may have to go to the reading!

        • Oh my gosh, I wish I could hear her speak. That book pretty much destroyed me, but wouldn’t let me put it down. It’s an incredibly tough read, but I feel like it touches on so many real emotions (especially in the second half) and is just so important.

  • I’m very much looking forward to Alias Hook! Fairy tale retellings are so much fun and Elizabeth Blackwell, author of While Beauty Slept, was recommending this one on twitter recently :)

  • Some awesome books coming out, I’m looking forward to reading Armada

  • Lindsey Stefan

    Um Shannon? You are bad news for my tbr list. Thanks so much. :)

  • Great list! I haven’t heard of these titles but many of them sound fantastic. Thanks for sharing this list! :D *goes off to add them on GoodReads*

  • Carrie La Seur

    Very excited to see my debut on your list. Can’t wait to hear what you think!

  • What a great list! Just what I need . . . more books. :) I just started Dear Committee Members and am enjoying it so far.

  • Bad Feminist, Alias Hook, California! Oh my! I need all of these! The checkbook is groaning!

    I could have found a way to use one more exclamation point, but I’m not sure how. :)

  • Sarah Says Read

    I HAD NO IDEA ARMADA FINALLY HAD A DATE!!! Oh man, I am so psyched.