The next best thing to reading a book is thinking about reading a book. And the next best thing to that is looking for new books to read. I shouldn't look for new books when I already have so many good unread books on my bookshelves, but that's like walking through a bookstore and then saying 'now close your eyes and don't look'. For me this is where wishlists and libraries come in. Nothing lost by looking or borrowing.
The last time I put together one of these posts (last year) I was looking forward to the new Maisie Dobbs mystery, and now here I am actually reading it (and enjoying it very much). Time flies. As my wishlist is long I'll divide this into two and share a few more a bit later. In no particular order here are a few titles that have caught my eye and I am looking forward to checking out.
Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes -- Both Caroline and Litlove have recently written about two different novels by Haynes. I suspect I will like her very much so am adding yet another of her titles to my list. "Human Remains is a chilling, masterful thriller by New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Haynes that explores our darkest fears, showing how vulnerable we are—and how easily ordinary lives can fall apart when no one is watching."
Kind of Cruel by Sophie Hannah -- Do you know I have not yet read Sophie Hannah yet either. I keep pulling out her books to read but then never seem to get around to it (I am extremely spoiled for choice when it comes to mysteries, novels of suspense and thrillers so competition is always stiff for authors in this genre). I will start with an earlier book by her, but those who have kept up with her releases might be happy to see another new book coming out.
Back to Back by Julia Franck --"Julia Franck's German-Book-Prize-winning novel, The Blindness of the Heart, was an international phenomenon, selling 850,000 copies in Germany alone and being published in thirty-five countries. Her newest work, Back to Back echoes the themes of The Blindness of the Heart, telling a moving personal story set against the tragedies of twentieth-century Germany."
Just One Evil Act: An Inspector Lynley Novel by Elizabeth George -- I've read every Lynley novel from the very first and have the most recent waiting for me to read this summer. I guess it'll soon be time to turn my attention to it since another will be coming out this fall.
A Question of Honor by Charles Todd -- I have some catching up to do with Bess Crawford as well. I read one earlier this year and enjoyed it, but I'll have two more in between it and Todd's forthcoming novel.
Behind the Shattered Glass by Tasha Alexander -- Ditto with the Lady Emily mysteries. I've fallen behind in reading them as well. Lady Emily is a Victorian woman whose husband is involved with her Majesty's government--usually involved in foreign concerns of the realm and association Lady Emily gets involved too (though it seems more that Lady Emily gets mixed up in something deadly and draws Colin into her adventures). These latter two series are perfect summertime vacation reading.
The Gardener's Son by Cormac McCarthy -- And now for something a little more sobering and serious. I went through a big Cormac McCarthy phase years ago and think he is a pretty amazing writer. I was recently thinking that I need to revisit his work and see now that there will be something new to look forward to, though there will be a bit of a wait--his newest doesn't come out until early 2014!
Lost by S.J. Bolton -- Bolton is another favorite author whose work I follow. I think I have only one unread book by her, but I have read all the Lacey Flint books so far and am happy to see the newest will be released next month. "S.J. Bolton, an award-winning author of five novels, delivers her most compelling novel to date, in which a fragile police detective and a courageous, lonely eleven-year-old boy must work together to unmask a killer. Lost provides all of the pulse-pounding suspense, beautifully drawn characters, and intricate plotting thriller fans could hope for—and more. Please note, this title is published in the UK as Like This For Ever."
Garlic, Mint, and Sweet Basil: Essays on Marseilles, the Mediterranean, and Noir Fiction by Jean-Claude Izzo -- Have you seen Europa Editions' World Noir imprint? The books are just beginning to be released (or reissued). I pretty much want them all and suspect I'll be buying them as they come out (or at least slowly acquiring them over time).
Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering -- A new, and interesting-sounding mystery featuring Drew Farthering. "From The Tip of his black Homburg to the crease in his stylish cheviot trousers, he's the epitome of a stylish 1930s English gentleman. His only problem? The body he just discovered. Drew Farthering loves a good mystery, although he generally expects to find it in the pages of a novel, not on the grounds of his country estate."
A Certain Summer by Patricia Beard -- This one goes directly to my beach reads list as a very strong potential summer reading candidate! "'Nothing ever changes at Wauregan.' That mystique is the tradition of the idyllic island colony off the shore of Long Island, the comforting tradition that its summer dwellers have lived by for over half a century. But in the summer of 1948, after a world war has claimed countless men—even those who came home—the time has come to deal with history’s indelible scars."
Sandrine's Case by Thomas Cook -- I've read a smattering of books by Cook and liked them all. I've accumulated a few more and look forward to reading them. They are suspenseful and sometimes dark and always well written. "Thomas H. Cook offers one of his most compelling novels ever in Sandrine's Case, in which a college professor falls in love with his wife all over again...while on trial for her murder."
Ah, the joys of books. Doesn't it make you feel all happy and tingly knowing you have good books to look forward to. I'll never be able to keep up with them but it's always fun trying.
More new books later.