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Monday, June 28, 2021

TTT: Recently published or upcoming book releases that are tempting me to read them

 Top Ten Tuesday: 

Recently published or upcoming book releases that are tempting me to read them.

I usually spend about zero minutes look ahead at new or upcoming books. I have too many books on my reading list to worry about books that aren't even published yet. So when I saw today's topic was about upcoming releases I decided to investigate to see what is coming out soon or has recently been published. I found these three lists from the New York Times -- May, June, July -- and decided I'd select a few from each list to explore further. Who knows maybe I will even end up reading them. (All the descriptions and quotes are from the NYT article by month. I included them here since most people can't get the pay wall of the NYT.)

May

Jake Bonner was once a promising young author, but his career has sputtered: He can’t find a publisher for his latest book and has resorted to teaching at a no-name M.F.A. program. A cocky student teases the story of his novel in progress, convinced that the premise will make it a best seller, and Jake grudgingly agrees. When the student dies, never having published the book, Jake seizes the story for himself. That’s only the beginning of the twists and turns in “The Plot,” which features a crooked Southern lawyer, a charming radio producer and a profoundly vexed mother-daughter relationship. Whoever said writers are boring?

Before he was portrayed by Matt Damon in the movie adaptation, the protagonist of Weir’s best-selling debut, “The Martian,” was stranded on Mars and had to improvise for survival. Weir’s new narrator, Ryland Grace, is also an astronaut in extremis: He’s floating around space with two dead bodies and can’t recall his own name. Slowly, he remembers why he’s on a spacecraft — and the nature of his mission, which is to defeat an existential threat to the human species.

'Mister Impossible' by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic Press, May 18) Not part of NYT list.

Do the dreamers need the ley lines to save the world . . . or will their actions end up dooming the world? As Ronan, Hennessy, and Bryde try to make dreamers more powerful, the Moderators are closing in, sure that this power will bring about disaster. In the remarkable second book of The Dreamer Trilogy, Maggie Stiefvater pushes her characters to their limits - and shows what happens to them and others when they start to break. (Publisher)

June

In this thriller, a British actress named Mia Eliot arrives in Los Angeles after a star turn in an adaptation of “Jane Eyre,” hoping to advance her career. Steadman, herself an actress who has appeared in “Downton Abbey,” is particularly acute when capturing the absurdities (and humiliations) of Hollywood, especially when Mia struggles to adapt. A young woman named Emily asks Mia for a favor, then vanishes — and no one else remembers ever seeing her.

It’s August 1983, and Malibu’s models, athletes and actors are preparing for the Riva family’s annual (and notorious) party. Nina, the eldest of four siblings and one of the most recognized surfer models of the moment, is hosting, despite a very public breakup. As the story ticks closer to the party itself, the novel loops back in time to the Riva children’s early years, which were overshadowed by their father, a well-meaning but absentee pop singer.

July

Thomas Neill Cream poisoned as many as 10 people in North America and Britain before his 1892 murder trial. Jobb recounts Cream’s life and evokes the societal attitudes that allowed him to kill: the blind faith placed in doctors, the power imbalances between Cream and the people who sought his care.

Feeling lonely? Raven’s memoir might help, which finds her after she completed a Ph.D. in biology, deeply alone in rural Montana — until she is visited by a persistent fox. It’s a real-life friendship that mirrors the one between Saint-ExupĂ©ry’s Little Prince and his fox, full of tenderness and understanding.

Not ten, but I am being honest. It is unlikely I will even read all seven of these books.

-Anne

25 comments:

  1. I have seen a lot of Malibu Rising and the The Plot on book blogs over the past couple of months so I'll be interested to see what you think of them if you get around to reading them.

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    1. I really liked Daisy and the Six so I want to read more by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

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  2. Malibu Rising was on my list and I just recently finished it, I'm aiming to read Project Hail Mary soon. The Plot sounds like something I'd like too. Happy reading! My TTT https://readwithstefani.com/top-ten-books-worth-rereading/

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  3. I sometimes think I spend more time looking at forthcoming books than actually reading, so it's good to be focused on your own TBR. My other half read Project Hail Mary and enjoyed it but he always says Weir's new books are not as good as The Martian.

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    1. Yes, I'Project Hail Mary isn't as good as the Martian. But what is?

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  4. Hail Mary was excellent! I blogged a glowing review of it a few weeks ago. Hope you like it.

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-most-anticipated-books-of-the-second-half-of-2021/

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    1. Oh. I am hoping over to your blog to find that review right now.

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  5. Great list!

    Here's my post: http://readbakecreate.com/?p=441

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  6. Malibu Rising is on my TBR. I loved Daisy Jones....

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  7. Good choices! My library copy of Project Hail Mary comes in on Friday and I'm excited to finally read that one. :)

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  8. "I have too many books on my reading list to worry about books that aren't even published yet." <--- My sentiments exactly! (I also have Malibu Rising on my tbr list).

    Here's my Top Ten Tuesday list this week.

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  9. I just saw your comment on my blog. Here is the link to my review of Project Hail Mary: https://lydiaschoch.com/the-last-chance-mission-a-review-of-project-hail-mary/

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  10. I'm so excited to read Mister Impossible!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2021/06/29/top-ten-tuesday-322/

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  11. If you decide to pick up any of these, I hope you enjoy! Happy reading.

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  12. Interesting selection. Thank you for the updates.

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  13. I'm looking forward to Fox & I. I was hopeful enough about Malibu Rising to select it for my BOTM in June. I may have been a little hasty.

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  14. Interesting list. I didn't like Weir's second book, so I probably won't read this latest one.

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  15. I enjoyed Project Hail Mary - cheers

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  16. Project Hail Mary was amazing and I'm really looking forward to Mister Impossible.

    Lauren @ Always Me

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  17. The Plot sounds amazing — it has only been getting the best reviews!

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  18. SO many people love Taylor's novels. Haven't read anything by her, but do own one. :) Hope you enjoy these if you read them and thanks for visiting Finding Wonderland last week.

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  19. SO many people love Taylor's novels. Haven't read anything by her, but do own one. :) Hope you enjoy these if you read them and thanks for visiting Finding Wonderland last week.

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