For the Love of Books

New Year, New Look, New Books

I’m hoping that 2019 brings new and exciting things to my life as well as yours.  We may not know what’s in store for us but one thing I know for sure is that there will be great books to read.  Some of my favorite writers have new books coming out this year.  While I may not get to them all (because of all of the new and exciting things 2019 has in store for me, of course!), these are the upcoming releases I’m most excited about:

  • I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella – While her popular Shopaholic series may have gotten stale, Kinsella redeemed herself a couple of years ago with the wonderful My Not So Perfect Life, which is why I’m so looking forward to I Owe You One (expected publication:  February 5, 2019)
  • The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion – Reading The Best of Adam Sharp last year may have been a huge disappointment but Simsion’s return to Don and Rosie has me excited to read him all over again. (expected publication:  February 5, 2019)
  • The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms – Though it has only been a year and a half since I read Kelly Harms’s The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane and The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay, I’ve been waiting rather impatiently for her to release another. (expected publication:  May 1, 2019)
  • The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay – I’ve only read two of Reay’s novels but I’ve enjoyed their heart and humor, especially in Lizzy and Jane.  I always look forward to more of her novels to read. (expected publication:  May 14, 2019)
  • The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman – Whether it is the unexpected humor of The Garden of Small Beginnings or the sharp-tongued wit of Other People’s Houses, Abbi Waxman’s writing always makes me laugh.  I can’t wait to meet Nina Hill and learn about her bookish life. (expected publication:  July 9, 2019)
  • The Philosopher’s War by Tom Miller – Tom Miller’s thought-provoking fantasy/historical fiction, The Philosopher’s Flight may not have made my top reads from last year but the story is so unique and timely that I must know what happens next. (expected publication:  July 16, 2019)
  • The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal – Stradal’s first novel, Kitchens of the Greater Midwest, is one of those novels that I feel it might take multiple readings to fully appreciate.  It is the author’s unique voice and view of the people and their lives in the middle of our country that has me anxious for more of his writing.  (expected publication:  July 23, 2019)
  • Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier – I am only halfway through the Sevenwaters series so I won’t be getting to Harp of Kings any time soon but any new fantasy series by Juliet Marillier is a reason to get excited. (expected publication:  September 3, 2019)
  • Kopp Sisters on the March by Amy Stewart – Yes!  Another Kopp Sisters novel is on the way and you can bet that I will be putting in my request at my local library as soon as I can.  I am especially anxious for the next chapter thanks to the all the questions at the end of Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit.  (expected publication:  September 17, 2019)

 

My source for publication dates is Goodreads.com and may be subject to change.  Happy reading!

Reviews

Goodreads | Shelly’s Year in Books

After a disappointing 2014 in which I read more than a book a week but didn’t really enjoy any of them, 2015 was a pretty good reading year for me.  I revisited an old favorite, finished a wonderful series, started a couple of new ones, and discovered some new authors that I plan on reading more of.  You can see the complete list of books I read this past year by clicking the source link at the bottom of the post but I’ll cover a few of the highlights here.

Early in the year, I read the beautiful first book of Juliet Marillier’s Sevenwaters series.

Daughter of the Forest

Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters #1)

 

I will definitely be reading the rest of that series in the near future and anything else Ms. Marillier has written.  I read a couple of books written by favorite authors that were disappointing but no one can be brilliant all the time.  Right?  Then I slogged through Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.

Robinson

Robinson Crusoe

 

I don’t recommend it.  At the recommendation of my mother and one of my librarian friends, I read Ruth Reichl’s first novel, Delicious.  That one I would recommend.  It has lovable characters, history, romance, self-discovery and lots of food.

This summer I finished Deborah Harkness’s All Souls trilogy with the final book, The Book of Life.  

Book of Life

Book of Life (All Souls #3)

 

The All Souls trilogy is a magical series filled with romance, history, and magic.  My favorite installment of the series was the second, Shadow of Night because of all the historical characters Diana and Matthew encounter.  This summer, because I am a massive St. Louis Cardinals fan,  I deviated from my usual focus on fiction to read Mike Matheny’s wonderful The Matheny Manifesto.

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The Matheny Manifesto is a must read for anyone with any responisbility of children

 

I continued Jasper Fforde’s Tuesday Next series with the second book, Lost in a Good Book, which I enjoyed much more than I had the first book of the series.  I also really enjoyed Katherine Reay’s second novel, Lizzy & Jane, which is a touching and humorous story of sisterly love.

Lizzy and jane

Lizzy & Jane

 

And I discovered Gail Carriger and her delightful Parasol Protectorate series; another new series I plan on reading more of this year.

With so many great reads from 2015, it should be difficult to choose my favorite but only one can be my favorite read of the year.  As it turns out, the choice wasn’t that difficult.  A couple of years after it was such a big hit with a slightly younger audience, I finally read Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.  

Fangirl
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is my favorite book of the year!

I don’t remember the last time I identified so thoroughly with a character.  I recognized myself in Cath so I appreciated her journey of self-discovery and growth immensely.

Source: Goodreads | Shelly’s Year in Books