I'm off and running towards my goal of reading 100 books in 2015 (well, sometimes off and jogging might be more apt). I have a long list of "want to reads" which includes adult and YA titles, old and new. In addition, I am really excited about some books that are due to come out this year. I'm getting on the library wait list for these books that are coming out in 2015!
Know Your Beholder by Adam Rapp-- March 3, 2015
This sounds like one of my favorite kinds of adult fiction -- a person in down & out situation, working through it with humor and a wry outlook. According to Amazon:
"thirty-something Francis Falbo is holed up in his attic apartment, recovering from a series of traumas: his mother's death, his beloved wife's desertion, and his once-ascendant rock band's irreconcilable break-up. Francis hasn't shaved in months, hasn't so much as changed out of his bathrobe-"the uniform of a Life in Default"-for nine days....Fusing consummate wit with the seriousness attending an adulthood gone awry, Rapp has written an uproarious and affecting novel about what we do and where we go when our lives have crumbled around us."
A History of Loneliness by John Boyne -- February 3, 2015
This is the story of a good Irish Catholic priest who must face, although he committed no mis-deeds, the dark troubles in the church and his complicit role in those troubles. I don't know why I'm drawn to stories about the troubles in the Catholic Church, but I've really enjoyed other novels on the subject, including Faith by Jennifer Haigh.
I Was Here by Gayle Foreman -- January 27, 2015
I've really loved Gayle Foreman's If I Stay and Where She Went. She writes compelling stories that just suck.you.in. In her latest, college age Cody discovers that her best friend Meg has, without warning, committed suicide. What happened to Meg? What would drive her to this? How could Cody not have known? Cody learns more about Meg's life and finds that there was much about her that she didn't know....
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins -- January 13, 2015 (that's today!!)
I'm *dying* to read The Girl on the Train. It sounds like a modern take on Rear Window, with twists. Amazon says,
"Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?"
Akk! I'm so excited about this book.
Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome by Bobby Novak and Brad Montague -- February 3, 2015
We all need a little more Kid President in our life...seriously, if we all were a little more Kid President, a little less...well, un-Kid President, the world would be a better place.
So...what do you think? Have any of these caught your eye?