I remember, once upon a time, when the way I chose my next read was to simply wander around a bookstore, reading the backs of books, checking the shelves to see if my favourite authors had any new books, or just straight out asking for recommendations. I didn’t know many people who loved to read as much as I did (Natalie Spaan, why didn’t we hang out more in high school!?), and so my parents would endure hours of my raving after I finished my most recent read.
Now, my life is light-years away from this. I work in the book industry and quite literally talk about books all day. Needless to say, I couldn’t be happier. Not only am I surrounded in books at all times, but I have more book recommendations than I can possibly handle (maybe the best kind of problem to have?). Not to mention that now, publishers, bloggers and readers utilize every outlet of social media available to them to get their recommendations out into the world. I would say that I add around 3-5 books to my mental list of books I need to look into every day.
So, I thought I would share with you some of the books I have been hearing so much about (both new and old) and why the buzz they have received has me excited to read them!
1. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
This one hasn’t released yet, but it made its way into my Director’s hands, and days later, to my desk. My bookish relationship with my director goes something like this:
Her: OMG. Have you read this?
Me: No, not ye..
Her: *book lands on desk* Read it!
Sadly, that was over a week ago and I have a few things to finish before I can get going, which has led to further desk meet ups that result in her exhausted sigh when I admit to not having started. One of the best things about these types of relationships is that they are mutual. I don’t have to explain anything to her. If I tell her she must read something, she will take it, without question, and return it a few days later: read and appreciated. Now it’s on me to return the favour and Crazy Rich Asians is definitely my next read!
(Crazy Rich Asians is coming from Doubleday in June 2013.)
2. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
A friend of mine is a Marketing Associate at Penguin, and though both of us are book crazy, we respect that the other has a lot on their plate at all times, and rarely ever do we force each other to read things. Except this one. Right after Amy finished devouring this book, I received a frantic message. A few days later, her copy of the book was on my desk. My agreement with Amy was that I would not take her copy if I wasn’t going to read it right away. So, simultaneously with the previous book, The 5th Wave will also be my next read. I am attempting not to read much about this one, in hopes that I can go into it with no preconceived notions and enjoy it on my own terms. Amy doesn’t gush too often, so the amount of gush this book received is getting me quite curious!
(The 5th Wave hits shelves May 2013.)
3. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Back in university, a close friend of mine was obsessed with Melina Marchetta’s contemporary YA novels. I had always had her name on my radar, but had yet to pick anything up by her, until recently. After reading (and LOVING) Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone on recommendation from a fellow publishing professional and book lover, Vanessa, I begged for her next reco. Finnikin of the Rock was it! I think I bought the book the same day, but on my way home to get started, a few work things came in that needed attention. This one sits on my desk at home, luring me in with the promise of fantastical adventure and stunning writing. Though this one has been out for a while now, the buzz is just starting for me! Melina, I haven’t forgotten about you!
Have you heard of any of these ones? Are they on your personal radar? What buzz has you looking forward to a new and exciting read?