A few highlights of books coming in August and September 2014, recommendations for fans of Grisham and Dan Brown, book subscription services, and two books we can’t wait for you to read.
Big thanks to Melissa Klug for pitching in and hosting last week!
Ann’s turn to tease
As you know from last week, we’re just back from Sales Conference where we heard about books that will be published in Fall 2014. There were so many great books, I found it very difficult to limit my list, so here are just a few of the books that I am very excited for you to read.
- In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides
- The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession by Dana Goldstein
- Margaret Atwood has a new collection of stories, The Stone Mattress
- Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger, narrated by Simon Vance, is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week.
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Subscriptions and Slumps (12:37)
We answer two questions from our Q&A submissions.
Joe from Buffalo is in a reading slump, and wants recommendation for books that are similar to Dan Brown or John Grisham. Oh, do we have recommendations!
- Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series
- Kathy Reichs
- Christopher Reich, especially Numbered Account
- Dean Koontz, maybe starting with Velocity
- Scott Turow
- Richard North Patterson
- John Sanford‘s “Prey” series
Another way to get out of a reading slump could be a bookstore subscription service. Barbara from Wyoming emailed in to ask about them. Since Barbara does not have a local bookstore, she asked how one might find a bookstore subscription club.
Many stores have these clubs, where you sign up for a period of time and receive a book in the mail every month or every quarter. Some are book only, some are specifically author signed first editions, and some come packaged with bonus items. Our first recommendation would be to do some sleuthing online to find a bookstore with recommendations that appeal to your tastes. Many stores have these clubs, and many list their previous selections on their websites. A few that we mentioned in this episode (and be aware that there are many, many more but we could not name them all):
- Paperback to the Future, which I belonged to last year
- Many bookstores have author-signed first editions clubs.
- Powell’s Indiespensible
- Book Riot has a quarterly box and many of our listeners have subscribed and were delighted.
There are many others out there, so have fun exploring!
Two books we can’t wait for you to read: (22:46)
Michael’s recommendation this week is The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Colbert, the story of how we are in “the sixth extinction,” where more and more plants and animals are disappearing permanently from our planet. Each chapter focuses on a different animal, some who have disappeared and why, and in later chapters, animals that are in the process of disappearing. It’s an alarming book which paints an amazing picture of where we are and what we can and can’t do.
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan is my pick this week. It was longlisted for the Booker Prize and had not been published in the US at that time, but now it is available here. It’s a novel set in Ireland which looks at a small Irish town and the economic despair that happens when a major employer closes and the owner takes off with his employee’s retirement funds. It’s told in a unique and beautiful style, through 21 different voices of people in the town, and with each person’s story you get more and more of the complete picture.