Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Most Anticipated Books Vol 2

small great things by Jodi Picoult October 2016

Ruth Jefferson, a labor and delivery nurse, begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone on the ward. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?
Say what you will about Jodi Picoult but girl writes some good books. There have been some hits and misses over the years but with as many books out there as she has, they can't all be winners. And yes, she does have a "formula" so to say but I can overlook it. Just don't go on a binge of her and you'll be fine. Her last couple books haven't had the same format as her earlier books but small great things sounds like it's going to be old school, reliable Picoult. I'm ready for a court drama that makes you question your morals.

Faithful by Alice Hoffman November 2016

Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt.

What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.

Hoffman will forever be at the top of my list. She is a must buy author for me; meaning I will purchase her book no matter what it is. I guess there's a theme with today's post of authors going back to their roots because Faithful sounds like early Hoffman. Her last few books have been more historically themed and while the synopsis of Faithful seems done, I know she'll bring it somewhere original.

Lust & Wonder by Augusten Burroughs Today!

In chronicling the development and demise of the different relationships he's had while living in New York, Augusten Burroughs examines what it means to be in love, what it means to be in lust, and what it means to be figuring it all out. With Augusten's unique and singular observations and his own unabashed way of detailing both the horrific and the humorous, Lust & Wonder is an intimate and honest memoir that his legions of fans have been waiting for.

Here's the thing, Burrough's last few books have been...not good to say the least but I remember laughing, crying and secretly wishing I could have been a fly on the wall for some of his adventures. His earlier stuff was gold and Lust & Wonder sounds like he's going back to what he does best, essays about his life and crazy mishaps. Count me in. 

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley June 2016

Combining the emotional depth of The Art of Racing in the Rain with the magical spirit of The Life of Pi, Lily and the Octopus is an epic adventure of the heart.
When you sit down with Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride.
The magic of this novel is in the read, and we don’t want to spoil it by giving away too many details.
We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t live without.
For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog.
Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all. 

If you haven't read The Art of Racing in the Rain, you need to change that. Bring a box of tissues. Racing in the Rain left me a sobbing mess and I can only assume Lily and the Octopus will be the same. I've seen this book popping up all over the place and I'm sure it's for good reason. Also I love, love weiner dogs. At the Global Pet Expo, there were 9 week old Dachshund puppies at the Purina booth and I had to tear myself away.

What is one of your most anticipated books this year?


  1. oooh a new jodi picoult! i have only read a couple of hers and i like them, and i don't care if she has a formula or anything, because like you said, don't binge. i don't binge read authors because you either find a formula, or you compare and they don't match up. so i like to spread them out lol