Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Reading Wish List: July 2014

July 1

 1. Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5) by Maggie Stiefvater
Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3.5)

I have not had a chance to read Stiefvater's werewolf trilogy yet although I've heard really good things. This latest installment follows the character of Cole St. Clair.

2. Conversion by Katherine Howe

Strange things are happening to the girls attending St. Joan's Academy - could it be because the Academy is located in Danvers, Massachusetts - previously known as Salem Village?

3. All Those Vanished Engines by Paul Park
All Those Vanished Engines

An alternate-history SF novel told in three parts that puts a new spin on the Civil War, World War II - and imagines a future with aliens. 

4. Beautiful Oblivion (Maddox Brothers #1) by Jamie McGuire
Beautiful Oblivion (Maddox Brothers, #1)

The first installment in a new contemporary romance series. That cover is beautiful.

5. How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer
How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky

Okay, so the title is a little weird but this story of astronomy and star-crossed love is supposed to be a phenomenal read.

6. One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
One Plus One

Jojo Moyes' first book, Me Before You, was a huge hit. This one promises to be just as good. 

7. The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths are Solving America's Coldest Cases by Deborah Halber
The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America’s Coldest Cases

A book about Sherlock wannabes who are successfully solving cold cases using the internet.

July 8

8. Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
Four: A Divergent Story Collection (Divergent, #0.1 - 0.4)

The much-anticipated collection of short stories featuring the beloved Four from the hugely popular Divergent series. 

9. Midnight Thief (Midnight Thief #1) by Livia Blackburne
Midnight Thief (Midnight Thief, #1)

A debut novel in a fantasy series that follows a young girl who is offered a job with the Assassin Guild. 

10. The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1) by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

This is the book I'm most excited about this month. I predict this series is going to be huge - a film adaptation is already in development with Emma Watson slated to star as the main character, Kelsea Glynn. In the book, Kelsea must reclaim her throne from the Red Queen, an evil sorceress. 

11. California by Edan Lepucki

An SF debut novel about a couple who must risk everything - even their unborn child - in order to survive in the harsh landscape of a dystopian California.

12. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell is known for her YA novels, Eleanor and Park and Fangirl, both of which have been very well received by critics and YA fans alike. (Fangirl is one of my favorite books of all time.) Her new novel, Landline, is for adults but I'm sure fans of her YA stories will enjoy this one just as much. 

13. A Grimm Warning (The Land of Stories #3) by Chris Colfer
A Grimm Warning (The Land of Stories, #3)

The third installment of Chris Colfer's (of Glee fame) fantasy series for Middle Grade readers. There's a dragon on the cover!

14. The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman
The Country of Ice Cream Star

A dystopian novel that is being compared to The Handmaid's Tale, Divergent, and Cloud Atlas. 

15. Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands

July seems to be a month of dystopian novels - this is another one. Emily Shepard must survive in post-apocalyptic America after a nuclear meltdown - a disaster her own father might have caused. 

16. Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies by Alastair Bonnett
Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies

A nonfiction travel book that delves into the world's last unexplored places. Promises to be a fun, engaging read.

17. The Universe: Leading Scientists Explore the Origin, Mysteries, and Future of the Cosmos by John Brockman
The Universe: Leading Scientists Explore the Origin, Mysteries, and Future of the Cosmos

I'm always eager to read about this fascinating universe that we are a part of.

18. The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai
The Hundred-Year House

A generational saga told in reverse - slowly revealing the mysteries of the Devohr family.

19. Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique
Land of Love and Drowning: A Novel

From Goodreads: Chronicling three generations of an island family from 1916 to the 1970s,Land of Love and Drowning is a novel of love and magic, set against the emergence of Saint Thomas into the modern world. Uniquely imagined, with echoes of Toni Morrison, Gabriel García Márquez, and the author’s own Caribbean family history, the story is told in a language and rhythm that evoke an entire world and way of life and love.

July 15

20. The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson
The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)

To escape an arranged marriage, Princess Lia flees to a distant village, where she meets two mysterious young men - one, her jilted groom, and the other an assassin sent to kill her.

21. Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones

X-Men meets Ocean's Eleven in this Sci-Fi novel about a group of super criminals. 

22. Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke
Wayfaring Stranger: A Novel

Weldon Holland grows up during the Great Depression, has a run-in with Bonnie and Clyde and fights in the Battle of the Bulge - and that's just a few things that happen in this sweeping historical novel.

23. The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang, Sonny Liew
The Shadow Hero

A graphic novel telling the story of the first Asian American superhero, the Green Turtle.

24. The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3) by Deborah Harkness
The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3)

The final installment in the magical All Souls' trilogy. 

25. The Outsorcerer's Apprentice by Tom Holt
The Outsorcerer's Apprentice

A comical fantasy novel that deals with the economical realities of magic and mayhem. 

July 22

26. Dissonance (Dissonance #1) by Erica O' Rourke
Dissonance (Dissonance, #1)

Del is a Walker - no, not a zombie. In Dissonance, a Walker is someone who can move between parallel worlds that are created every time someone makes a choice - even a choice as insignificant as whether or not to eat breakfast. 

July 29

27. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
The Good Girl

This thriller about the abduction of a prominent judge's wife is already being compared to Gone Girl. Here's hoping it lives up to the hype.

28. Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little
Dear Daughter

Ten years ago, Janie was convicted of murdering her own mother. Released on a technicality, Janie is determined to prove her innocence.

29. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Big Little Lies

The Husband's Secret was on a lot of year-end Best of 2013 book lists. Moriarty's follow-up promises to be included on 2014 best book lists. I'll admit - I have yet to read anything by Liane Moriarty but that cover is amazing. 

30. Bird Dream: Adventures at the Extremes of Human Flight by Matt Higgins
Bird Dream: Adventures at the Extremes of Human Flight

I've always been fascinated by flying, whether it be birds, planes, or humans wearing flight suits. I cannot wait to read this book. 

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