The Last One by Alexandra Oliva | July 12, 2016
Twelve contestants are cut off from society in a survival-esque reality show. While the cast and crew are off filming, Something Bad happens to the rest of civilization and when one woman stumbles upon the pandemic’s devastation, she assumes it’s all part of the show, another challenge to win.
I’m not a fan of dystopia or post-apocalyptic (or apocalyptic, for that matter!) novels, but this sounds excellent!
How to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo | August 2, 2016
After a party resulted in photos and cyberbullying that nearly led to a girl’s suicide, a former mean girl is convinced there’s no second chance for her. Expulsion from school, abandoned by her friends, her future plans all but vanished. It seems hopeless for Nikki until a wheelchair rugby player shows her everyone deserves another chance.
Terrible summary on my part, but how intriguing: cyberbullying, wheelchair rugby! Count me in!
Good Night, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton | August 9, 2016
An astronomer, all alone at a research center in the Arctic. A crew on their return flight from Jupiter, the first humans to travel so far in space. When a catastrophic event cuts off communication with Mission Control, the crew begin to wonder if they’ll ever make it home.
Another post-apocalyptic novel that instantly grabbed my attention! Reviews say this is a very quiet, character-driven novel and that only adds to my excitement! Back in 2012 I reviewed Karen Thompson Walker’s The Age of Miracles, a novel about the consequences of the slowing of the earth’s rotation…but mainly it focused on a little girl as she went through her day-to-day life. I loved it.
And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich | September 6, 2016
A house the color of blood, two sisters trapped inside, a strange man only one of the girls can see, and trees that seem to be moving ever closer.
Back in May I read Dawn’s debut, The Dead House, a really fun epistolary novel about a high school that burned down twenty years earlier and a diary that belongs to the twin of a girl…who isn’t a twin. VERY fun and now that it’s getting closer to fall and Halloween, I’m starting to get in the mood for creepy, spooky novels and this one looks like it’ll fit the bill!
Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard | September 20, 2016
When Winston Churchill was 24, he knew that one day he would be the Prime Minister of England. However, in order to do so, he needed to become legendary on the battlefield. Enter the Boer War.
I only JUST found out about this book when I received an e-mail about Candice’s upcoming lecture in Pittsburgh! Destiny of the Republic was one of my top reads of 2015 and I have been OBSESSING over The River of Doubt. Both of those books feature US Presidents, but I’m VERY curious to see her take on Churchill! She’s one of my go-to recs for non-fiction writers when people are just starting out in the genre. So phenomenal and extremely well-researched without becoming dry and bogged down.
The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne Ashford | September 20, 2016
Looking to get away after a broken marriage, Agatha Christie boards the Orient Express in disguise and quickly realizes she’s not the only passenger with secrets.
AAAHHHHHH AGATHA CHRISTIE HISTORICAL FICTION!!!!! As if I could EVER pass that up!!!