08 June 2017

5 Books to Put on Your Wish List (BookExpo 2017: Part 1)

5 books to put on your wish listAs many of you know, I was in New York last week to attend this year's Book Expo (formally known as BEA) to learn about all the new and exciting books that will soon be in the stores and libraries and in your hands and on your wish lists.

I walked the convention floor many times over looking for both the hot titles everyone wants as well as the lesser-know books that you might well miss. Instead of my usual coverage of panels and events, this year I'm going to write a series of three or four roundup posts that highlight some of the books I'm most excited about.

Pay attention to the publishers and the publishing dates: one of the following is available right now, but the others won't come out until fall. It's never too early to preorder or to get on that library waiting list, right?

5 books to put on your wish list
  • The End of the World Running Club by Adrian Walker (Sourcebooks, September): Who doesn't love a good dystopian novel, especially one that involves family and the burning need to find each other across a great distance in a world turned upside down. This story takes place in the UK, after an asteroid makes a direct hit with earth. Our hero is about to be tested both physically and mentally.
  • The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken (Disney Hyperion, September): I kind of feel I need not say much more than urban fantasy, middle grade, and Alexandra Bracken! This start of a new series introduces us to demons and a troubled family. There are bad guys and good guys and few curses. The novel is set in Salem, MA, so can I expect witches too?
  • As Lie Is to Grin by Simeon Marsalis (Catapult, October): I'm not really sure what to expect from this novel, but I think it is going to offer a mix of perspectives on modern-day life as a young (adult) black America. Old and new collide as history is rewritten, or at least filtered, by what one finds on the Internet. I met the author, who was warm and friendly; I wish him all the best with his debut novel. 
  • The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Marta McDowell (Timber Press, September): There were several Laura Ingalls Wilder books and totes at BEA this year, and I was happy I was able to get a copy of this beautifully illustrated book that enriches the Little House world by focusing on the natural landscape that called to Pa and informed Laura's writing. I've already preordered a finished copy.
  • Grocery by Michael Ruhlman (Abrams, May): I can't wait to start reading this well-researched (and well edited) look at the rise of the American grocery store, with its standardized layout, and how it reflects the country's culture, economics, and eating patterns. Ruhlman did more than an armchair investigation; he traveled the country, meeting people and even gaining firsthand experience as a supermarket bagger. 
Up next will be a few of the books I discovered from some smaller presses, and I'll finish with one or two posts from the big four publishers.


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 6/8/17, 7:45 AM  

Thank you so much for this post. I look forward to your next posts about BookExpo.

My boxes from BookExpo are due to arrive today. Christmas in June! I can't wait to look through the books and sort them and decide which to keep and which to pass on to other librarians and readers.

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 6/8/17, 7:58 AM  

Oooh - a new Michael Ruhlman...love hearing that! And can't wait for the rest of your round-up posts!

cindysloveofbooks 6/8/17, 8:33 AM  

I was noticing that there was quite a few Little House On The Prairie books coming out this year and next as well. Look forward to the rest of your posts this week about the books at bea..

Jenn's Bookshelves 6/8/17, 8:34 AM  

Oh, thanks for sharing this! I'm especially looking forward to the Laura Ingalls Wilder title!

sherry fundin 6/8/17, 8:48 AM  

Sounds like a good time and you got lots of goodies. Happy reading.
sherry @ fundinmental

bermudaonion 6/8/17, 8:51 AM  

I'm glad I got to go to BookExpo this year even though I didn't get to spend enough time there. Everyone in my family loves to grocery shop, except for me. I think I need to get Grocery for both my mom and my sister.

Unknown 6/8/17, 9:21 AM  

I miss BEA but it's just too expensive to go for me. Thanks for highlighting the books you're excited about. The End of the World Running Club sounds like a good read.

JoAnn 6/8/17, 4:17 PM  

I'm looking forward to reading (listening to?) Grocery, too!

Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf 6/8/17, 4:55 PM  

The End of the World Running Club sounds good and I'm always on board for books set in Salem! Love that city!

rhapsodyinbooks 6/9/17, 6:02 AM  

Grocery sounds fascinating. Both sets of my grandparents had "mom and pop" grocery stores, so I imagine I would love reading that book!

Tina 6/9/17, 6:47 AM  

You highlighted so many I want to read. Just realized the publishing month is in parentheses so, never mind my question on your next post. I will be sure to add these in my notebook, await the library acquiring these books.

(Diane) bookchickdi 6/9/17, 7:52 AM  

I missed getting a copy of GROCERY, and I loved all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books this year. I have such fond memories of Little House books.

Jackie McGuinness 6/9/17, 9:59 AM  

Grocery and Running Club are now in my Goodreads want to read. Thanks!

Iliana 6/10/17, 5:20 PM  

I would love to go to Book Expo one of these days! I bet it must be overwhelming but in a good way :) Thanks for sharing about these books.

Kailana 6/11/17, 6:31 PM  

I am kind of behind the times on books this year. These look good. I really want to check it out.

Daryl 6/12/17, 10:55 AM  

hard to pass up a dystopian novel

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