…and all I got was two boxes of galleys, ARCs, and other free forthcoming books. Some highlights:
The Twelve, by Justin Cronin (Ballantine, 10/12); sequel to The Passage, which was very popular with us apocalypse-novel readers. I’m already 2/3rds of the way through it.
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, by Cathrynne Valente (Macmillan, 10/12); sequel to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland…, a favorite with all of the Plumb Library staff.
The Last Dragonslayer, by Jasper Fforde (Harcourt, 9/12). Fforde writes the Thursday Next series; this is his new YA book.
Albert of Adelaide, by Howard Anderson (Twelve Books, 7/12). A platypus escapes from the Adelaide Zoo in Australia, and embarks on a journey through the outback in search of “Old Australia”. Think Watership Down with platypus, kangaroos, and wallabees.
We Sinners, by Hannon Pylvainen (Holt, 8/12). Two members of a conservative religious family break away.
Survivors: The Empty City, by Erin Hunter (Harper, 8/12). Hunter has done series with cats; now it’s time for dogs to rule the wild.
Princess Academy: The Palace of Stone, by Shannon Hale (Bloomsbury, 8/12). Sequel to The Princess Academy.
The End of Men and the Rise of Women, by Hanna Rosin (Riverhead, 9/12). The author, a senior editor at The Atlantic, and founder of Slate’s DoubleX podcast, reveals that women are ahead of men in almost every area of life.
The Art Forger, by B. A. Shapiro (Algonquin, 10/12). This debut novel is based on the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum robbery.
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, by Jonathan Evison (Algonquin, 8/12). The author of last year’s hit West of Here is back with an entirely different novel.
Princess Elizabeth’s Spy, by Susan Elia Macneal (Bantam, 10/12), sequel to Mr. Churchill’s Secretary. Maggie Hope, now tutor to the young Princess Elizabeth, gets involved with MI-5.
Ruins of Lace, by Iris Anthony (Soucebooks, 10/12). The mad passion for lace has infiltrated France, pulling soldier and courtier alike into its web.
Wilderness, by Lance Weller (Bloomsbury, 9/12). Veteran of the Civil War, Abel lives by himself with his loyal dog in the mountains of Washington State.
There are many more, and they’ll be on display starting next week. How can you get your hands on them? There are three ways:
1. You can sign up for the Adult, or Teen/Tween section of the summer reading program. You can earn a raffle ticket for each hour that you log for reading time. These books are part of the prizes available.
2. You can join the July Cafe Parlez book discussion group. We usually hold a trivia quiz. All attendees get to chose a book.
3. You can make notes, and wait until they are published for real.
You can also borrow some now, but only if you write a review for the blog.