Spring 2017 Upcoming Books

Books to Look for in Spring 2017

I can’t lie, I tend to get a little grumpy about new books as we inch closer to summer and suddenly everything needs a pool or beach ball on the cover. I’m pretty much always going to want something weird, depressing, or mind-bendingly interesting to read, so I’m glad this spring looks pretty promising. Here are ten new titles I have my eye on, with links to their Goodreads pages for more details.


Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice by Dr. Willie Parker (April 4)

I requested and downloaded this book the second I saw it available and can’t wait to dig in. Dr. Willie Parker (who you may recognize from the amazing documentary Trapped) believes that true Christianity means compassion for all, including women who need the most help.

Often I Am Happy by Jens Christian Grøndahl (April 11)

If you start with two of my favorite books as comp titles, you’re pretty sure to win me over. But when those books are The Dinner and Dept. of Speculation, which are so vastly different, I’m doubly intrigued.

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio (April 11)

On the surface, this doesn’t necessarily sound like a book that would appeal to me, but comparisons to The Secret History and bits of Shakespeare definitely make it worth checking out.

Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radtke (April 18)

The reviews for Kristen Radtke’s deserted cities graphic memoir are bananas and I’m basically counting the days until I can get it in my hands.

Fen: Stories by Daisy Johnson (May 2)

I’ve grown to LOVE some weird short stories and this collection sounds like it will hit the mark by a mile: “A house might fall in love with a girl and grow jealous of her friend. A boy might return from the dead in the guise of a fox.”

One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter: Essays by Scaachi Koul (May 2)

First of all, the title and cover are amazing. But then there’s this: “a debut collection of fierce and funny essays about growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants in Canada, ‘a land of ice and casual racism’.” Sign me up!

Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky (May 2)

Hi? Is that you, my nonfiction wheelhouse, calling? I just really love pop psych and this seems like it packs an extra punch.

Broken River by J. Robert Lennon (May 16)

I’m not quite as comfortable with psychological thrillers as the rest of the titles on this list, but this one sounds unique enough to win me over. Plus, I really trust Graywolf Press.

Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall by Suzette Mayr (May 16)

I mean, “Like an unholy collision of Stoner, The Haunting of Hill House, Charlie Brown, and Alice in Wonderland, this audacious new novel by the Giller Prize–longlisted Suzette Mayr is a satire that takes the hallowed halls of the campus novel in fantastical—and unsettling—directions.” WHAT. Can I marry a book?

Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny (May 23)

I still haven’t read Katherine Heiny’s short stories, but I’m just 25 pages into her debut novel and LOVING it. Such a distinct voice, despite a rather familiar premise.

What are you hoping to read this spring?

  • Ooooh – Often I Am Happy sounds amazing! And so short…adding it to my list!

    And Behave sounds like it’s in my audio wheelhouse…except for its length.

    Welcome back – hope school is going well!

  • Broken River sounds like something to look forward to- can’t wait for your review!

  • Gayle Weiswasser

    Wow! New Katherine Heiny! Lots of good stuff on your list. Thanks for the heads up.

  • Heeeeeeeeeeeeey you.

    You know I have seen that Scaachi Koul book around for a while but had never bothered to find out what its deal was. Now I want to read it. So thanks for that!

  • I hadn’t heard of Life’s Work, but now that I have, I definitely want to read it! I’ve added it to my list. Thanks for sharing!

  • I’m two essays in to ‘One Day We’ll All Be Dead’, and so far so good!

  • Rhonda

    Just finished Standard Deviation loved it one of my favorite books ths year.also began One Day We will all be dead also excellent honest at times hilarious,

  • Kailana

    Because that is what I need, more books. lol

  • Shannon, like — I have never to this day read a single book that someone compared to The Secret History and liked it (apart from Special Topics in Calamity Physics) AND YET I fall for it over and over. The Rio book looks SO RIGHT UP MY ALLEY, I am the most excited about it.

  • I always love your book lists and you didn’t disappoint. Of course the shorts are on my radar but really interested in hearing what you think about Life’s Work. Also the graphic novel looks amazing as well. Hope all is well! xo

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  • Hi, I’m interested in If We Were Villains … which looks good. I liked The Secret History so I assume I will like this one too. I’m also interested in the dark novel American War which is coming out soon. take care,

  • Thanks for including nonfiction titles in your round-up! I love to see fiction and nonfiction books shown together, side by side, in perfect harmony. ;) I just found your site a few weeks ago and I’m enjoying your older posts.
    And hello from a fellow RVA book lover!

  • If We Were Villains and Standard Deviation both almost made my list of books to look forward too. I’ll be excited to hear more of your thoughts on Standard Deviation!