27 October 2017

8 Books at the Top of My Reading List

I sometimes always suffer from the book-lover's curse: My eyes are bigger than the time I have to read. I'm eternally optimistic about getting all the books read in a timely manner, despite a lifetime of practical experience that says otherwise. Today I feature 8 books I fully intend to read soon and tell you why I put them on my list.

8 Books to Read in October
  • France Is a Feast by Alex Prud'Homme and Katie Pratt (Thames & Hudson, Oct. 24): Who can resist seeing Julia and Paul Child's France through 200 photographs, most of which were taken by Paul? The combination of family stories and Paul's gorgeous work makes this a book I'll long treasure.
  • Gin and Panic by Maia Chance (Minotaur Books, Oct. 24): I love the premise of this fun cozy mystery set in New York during Prohibition. A high society woman and her Swedish cook work as private detectives in an atmosphere of flappers, bathtub gin, and a little murder.
  • The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano (Balzer + Bray, Oct. 4): I'm curious about this fantasy, which promises to be influenced by the King Midas story. Our young hero must decide if her powers are a blessing or a curse and must foil those who wish to use her so-called gift for their own purposes.
  • How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst (Atria, Oct. 10): I like thrillers, and this one is about a woman who is accused of killing her infant son, though she has no memory of the deed. After being released from an institution for the criminal insane, she begins to believe her son is still alive.
8 Books to Read in October
  • Never Coming Back by Alison McGhee (HMH, Oct. 10): This mother-daughter story is set in the Adirondacks and contains several themes that usually capture my attention: family secrets, independent women, and finding home before it's too late. 
  • The Relive Box and Other Stories by T. C. Boyle (Ecco, Oct. 3): I like Boyle and am curious about this collection, which promises to offer "a new way of looking at the world." Besides, one of the pieces is titled "The Five-Pound Burrito"!
  • The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street (HMH for Young Readers, Oct 3): This middle grade novel was suggested by my friend Diane from Book Chick Di. The story is set in Harlem and focuses on a contemporary issue with old-fashioned charm.
  • You Were There before My Eyes by Maria Riva (Pegasus Books, Oct. 10): What's not to love here? A strong woman protagonist leaves her Italian village at the turn of the last century to seek the American Dream with her new husband. I'm especially interested because the story takes us to Detroit at the dawn of the auto industry.


Molly 10/27/17, 7:22 AM  

SO many great choices here. An absolutely MUST buy, however, is France is a Feast. Photographs of my favorite region detailing the life of one of my favorite personalities. What's not to love?! :)

bermudaonion 10/27/17, 8:28 AM  

France is a Feast looks perfect for you. I'd love to read How I Lost You.

Susie | Novel Visits 10/27/17, 8:36 AM  

I always love these posts of yours for picking up some books that I've missed. Both Never Coming Back and You Were There Before My Eyes are books I'm going to be taking a serious look at. Hopefully at least one will work as my next couple months are looking pretty skimpy!

JoAnn 10/27/17, 8:44 AM  

France is a Feast sounds wonderful!

sherry fundin 10/27/17, 8:55 AM  

I have a difficult time with one clicking. Hope you enjoy all your new books.
sherry @ fundinmental

Iliana 10/27/17, 4:59 PM  

Some of these are also on my radar. So many interesting books to check out. Which one do you think you'll check out first?

Nan 10/27/17, 10:01 PM  

Oh, France is a Feast! Thank you. I had not heard of it.

(Diane) bookchickdi 10/28/17, 8:54 AM  

My TBR list just exploded- I want to read Gin And Panic, Never Coming Back and You Were There Before My Eyes. And I'm so pleased you put The Vanderbeekers Of 141st Street on this list!

Daryl 11/6/17, 8:01 AM  

interesting selections ... making notes ... thanks!

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