Tuesday Temptations: 12 Great Books Coming Out Today

There are so many great books coming out this week, including the final book in the Throne of Glass series. Here are my top twelve picks for the week.

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass) by Sarah J. Maas

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The much-anticipated conclusion to Sarah J. Maas’ bestselling Throne of Glass series is finally here. I’m not going to say too much about this book, as most people who are going to be excited about it are already familiar with the story. If you’re not familiar with it, now’s a good time to start with the first book, Throne of Glass

From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen by Snoop Dogg

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This is a cookbook written by Snoop Dogg, and that should make everyone happy.

An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker

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In this young adult historical fiction novel that takes place in Elizabethan England,  Lady Katherine’s father is killed, after which she discovers that he was involved in a plot to murder Queen Elizabeth I.

A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland

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Chant is a storyteller who is wrongfully imprisoned on charges of witchcraft and treason, and he tries to discover the reasons behind his imprisonment before he’s executed. It sounds like a wonderful story, and the cover is gorgeous.

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

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From the book blurb: “These stories tackle urgent instances of racism and cultural unrest, and explore the many ways we fight for humanity in an unforgiving world. In “The Finkelstein Five,” Adjei-Brenyah gives us an unforgettable reckoning of the brutal prejudice of our justice system. In “Zimmer Land,” we see a far-too-easy-to-believe imagining of racism as sport. And “Friday Black” and “How to Sell a Jacket as Told by Ice King” show the horrors of consumerism and the toll it takes on us all.” One of my favorite writers, Colson Whitehead, nominated this book for the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35,” and I trust his judgment.

A Cathedral of Myth and Bone: Collected Stories by Kat Howard

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This book of fantasy short stories has already been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, and Neil Gaiman is a fan of her writing, so I’m definitely going to be reading this one.

Anna and the Apocalypse by Barry Waldo & Katharine Turner

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This young adult book is a horror comedy about a teenager fighting through a zombie apocalypse. It’s the perfect book to read for Halloween.


Little by Edward Carey

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The wry, macabre, unforgettable tale of an ambitious orphan in Revolutionary Paris, befriended by royalty and radicals, who transforms herself into the legendary Madame Tussaud.” This book has been compared to The Night Circus and sounds so wonderfully weird. I have a feeling I’m going to love this book.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E Weymouth

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I love the concept for this book, as it takes a normal fantasy story and looks at the ramifications of what comes after. Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell were taken to a fantastical kingdom called the Woodlands, where they lived for six years. After returning to their normal lives in post-WWII England, they struggle to readjust.

Go To My Grave by Catriona McPherson

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This book is a standalone Gothic thriller, which is nice since so many books coming out nowadays are parts of series. In this story, we follow Donna Weaver as she restores The Breakers, an old bed and breakfast on a remote beach. When her first guests arrive, they realize they’d been here before, and that first trip still haunts them.

The Gradual Disappearance of Jane Ashland by Nicolai Houm

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An American woman wakes up alone in a tent in the Norwegian mountains. Outside a storm rages and the fog is dense. Her phone is dead. She has no map, no compass, and no food. How she ended up there, and the tragic details of her life, emerge over the course of this novel.” That sounds really interesting to me, and it’s been a long time since I read a book with Norway as the setting.

Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson

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Red Moon is a science fiction novel that takes place thirty years into the future when we’ve colonized the moon. Fred Fredericks travels to the moon in order to install a communications system when he witnesses a murder. Reading the synopsis of this book gave me strong vibes of Artemis by Andy Weir, which I loved.

Other Books Coming Out Today:

  • The Art of Feminism: Images That Shaped the Fight For Equality, 1857-2017 by Helena Reckitt – Amazon | Goodreads
  • I’ll Be There For You: The One About Friends by Kelsey Miller – Amazon | Goodreads
  • Super Chill: A Year of Living Anxiously by Adam Ellis – Amazon | Goodreads
  • How to Not Always Be Working: A Toolkit for Creativity and Radical Self-Care by Marlee Grace – Amazon | Goodreads
  • The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa – Amazon | Goodreads
  • A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl by Jean Thompson – Amazon | Goodreads
  • Find Me Gone by Sarah Meuleman – Amazon | Goodreads
  • Let It Bang: A Young Black Man’s Reluctant Odyssey Into Guns by RJ Young – Amazon | Goodreads
  • Pulse by Michael Harvey – Amazon | Goodreads
  • Shelf Life of Happiness by Virginia Pye – Amazon | Goodreads
  • Thin Air by Richard K. Morgan – Amazon | Goodreads
  • Useful Phrases for Immigrants by May-Lee Chai – Amazon | Goodreads

What books are you most excited about this week? 

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12 Amazing Books That Came Out This Week

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

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Although I haven’t read any of Tahereh Mafi’s books (yet…), I feel like I’ve been hearing about this one for at least a year. The story takes place in 2002, a year after the events of 9/11, and follows Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who is experiencing prejudice and hatred.

Cry Wilderness by Frank Capra

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Frank Capra is known for being a film director, but this novel, written in 1966 and never published, is finally being released. The story is set in one of Capra’s favorite locations – Silver Lake in the Sierra Nevadas. A scandal finds the fictional Frank Capra, along with a cop named Lefty, living in the wilderness completely off the grid.

I am Behind You by John Ajvide Lindqvist

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You’ve probably heard of Lindqvist’s other novel, Let the Right One InIn his latest book, four families are suddenly and mysteriously transported from campsites to an endless expanse of grass. Each person transported has secrets that they are forced to confront. This book sounds very interesting, and I can’t wait to read it.

In the House in the Dark by Laird Hunt

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This is a horror story set in colonial New England. A Puritan woman goes missing: “On a journey that will take her through dark woods full of almost-human wolves, through a deep well wet with the screams of men, and on a living ship made of human bones, our heroine may find that the evil she flees has been inside her all along.” That definitely sounds like something I want to read! I also really adore the cover.

In Your Hands by Ines Pedrosa

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I always enjoy books told from multiple perspectives, so I’m looking forward to reading this story that is told from the perspectives of three women in one family, starting in Portugal in 1935 and ending with her granddaughter. Throughout the novel, they all fight against oppression and for a place in their world.

Melmoth by Sarah Perry

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Melmoth is the follow-up to Perry’s The Essex Serpent. Helen Franklin is taking refuge in Prague, working as a translator. One day, her friend Karel finds a mysterious letter about Melmoth the Witness, “a dark legend found in obscure fairy tales and antique village lore.” I really enjoy books based in mythology, folklore, and legends, so I have a strong feeling I’ll love this novel.

Riddance: Or: The Sybil Joines Vocational School for Ghost Speakers & Hearing-Mouth Children by Shelley Jackson

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I’m going to be reviewing this book relatively soon since the publisher was kind enough to send me an ebook edition of the ARC of this book. It’s about a school for children seeking to cure their speech impediments. The Headmistress of the school, however, harnesses the “gift” of her students to communicate with the dead. Although I do not have a stutter, I do have a speech impediment (a lisp and rhotacism), and I’ve never read a book with a character who has a speech impediment (except for a few where it’s treated as a joke). I’m really excited to get into this book.

The Black Khan: Book Two of the Khorasan Archives by Ausma Zehanat Khan

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This is a sequel to Khan’s The Bloodprintwhich I had never heard of until researching books being released this week. The series sounds wonderful though. Saladin Ahmed (whose comic books I love reading) has described it as “somewhere between N.K. Jemisin and George R.R. Martin.” The Talisman, a dark power or movement that suppresses knowledge and subjugates women is growing in the world. The Companions of Hira is a group of women who fight back against the patriarchy. Definitely something worth checking out.

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

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Something I’ve mentioned several times on this website is that I like books about books and reading, and this is another of those. It focuses on a library fire and examines our relationships to libraries, their importance, and more.

Trinity by Louisa Hall

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This is a novel about J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the creators of the atomic bomb. I can’t say it any better than the book description, so here it is: “Through narratives that cross time and space, a set of characters bears witness to the life of Oppenheimer, from a secret service agent who tailed him in San Francisco, to the young lover of a colleague in Los Alamos, to a woman fleeing McCarthyism who knew him on St. John. As these men and women fall into the orbit of a brilliant but mercurial mind at work, all consider his complicated legacy while also uncovering deep and often unsettling truths about their own lives.”

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

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For many people, Barbara Kingsolver is a household name. I’m almost embarrassed to say that I’ve only read one of her many books, that one being Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, which is a non-fiction book about living off-the-grid. This is her latest novel, and I’ve already heard amazing things about it. The story follows Willa Knox as she investigates the history of her home.

Wind Rider by P.C. Cast

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This is the third in the Tales of a New World series. “Mari, Nik, and their newly formed Pack are being hunted. Thaddeus and the God of Death will stop at nothing until they are obliterated from the earth. But Mari and Nik have one goal: to reach the plains of the Wind Riders….. But will the mysterious Wind Riders accept the Pack?”

What new releases are you most excited about?

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Tuesday Temptations: New Releases for the Week of September 18, 2018

  • Pride – Ibi Zoboi
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    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    This is a modern re-telling of the classic Pride and Prejudice, taking place in Brooklyn. There have been a ton of amazing reviews of this book.
  • Sea Prayer – Khaled Hosseini
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    Publisher: Riverhead Books
    From the author of The Kite Runner, Hosseini’s new book is an illustrated book for all ages focused on the current refugee crisis.
  • Time’s Convert – Deborah Harkness
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    Publisher: Viking
    Vampires during the American Revolution. Vampires in modern day Paris. Deborah Harkness’ new novel is about what becoming a vampire means.
  • Washington Black – Esi Edugyan
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    Publisher: Knopf
    This book has already been longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. Wash is an eleven-year-old slave in Barbados, who is chosen by his master’s brother, Christopher Wilde, to accompany him on his travels. Wilde turns out to be an abolitionist and explorer, and the two are able to work together as a team. However, when Wash is accused of murder, the two of them travel up the east coast of America, all the way up to the Arctic.
  • The Bus on Thursday – Shirley Barrett
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    Publisher: MCD x FSG Originals
    The first line of this book blurb is all I needed to add it to my TBR list: “Bridget Jones meets The Exorcist in this wickedly funny, dark novel about one woman’s post-cancer retreat to a remote Australian town and the horrors awaiting her.”
  • Deviation – Luce D’eramo
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    Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
    This book is about Lucia, who grows up in a bourgeois fascist family, but then witness the full horrors of the Holocaust, and changes her views. This book was first published in Italy in 1979.
  • Eight Ghosts: The Engish Heritage Book of Ghost Stories – Sarah Perry (Contributor)
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    Publisher: September Publishing
    Eight authors contributed their horror stories, and all are based around important English heritage sites. Contributing authors include Max Porter, Kate Clanchy, and Mark Haddon.
  • Strange Grace – Tessa Gratton
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    Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
    This is a young adult fantasy novel that focuses on a witch, a saint, an outcast, and the devil. It’s described as a “lush, atmospheric fantasy,” which sounds pretty alright with me.
  • The Good Demon – Jimmy Cajoleas
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    Publisher: Amulet Books
    This is another book that had me hooked from the first few lines of the book blurb: “Clare has been miserable since her exorcism. The preacher that rid her of evil didn’t understand that her demon – simply known as Her – was like a sister to Clare. Now, Clare will do almost anything to get Her back.” That just sounds delightful.
  • Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling – Philip Pullman
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    Publisher: Knopf
    Pullman is the author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, and this is his memoir on writing and storytelling. This is going to be a must-read for any would-be writers.

And a few more:

Tuesday Temptations: New Releases for the Week of September 11, 2018

“Discovering the ‘impossible’ ending to a new book makes me sick with joy and relief.” – Chuck Palahniuk

I apologize for this being a day late. I’ve been distracted by the massive hurricane heading this way and having a cold. There are so many amazing books coming out this week. Here are a few of my favorites!

  1. The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock – Imogen Hermes Gowar
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    I came so close to choosing this book for my Book of the Month Club, until I read about The Silence of the Girls. It sounds delightful and has already been shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.Following a merchant in 1780s London who is given a dead mermaid, the story follows him as he rises in the ranks of society and meets the most enchanting woman he’s ever laid eyes on.
  2. She Would Be King – Wayetu Moore
    She Would Be King - Wayetu Moore
    Fiction, Magical realism, historical fiction
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    This story takes place during Liberia’s formation and follows three characters as they struggle to deal with colonization. This is Moore’s debut novel, and I’m excited to give it a try.
  3. Ordinary People – Diana Evans
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    This novel follows two couples as they work through their marital strife. I’ve heard amazing things about both the book and Diana Evans’ writing.
  4. Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany – Jane Mount
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    I adore books about books, so I definitely want to check this one out.
  5. Checkpoint – David Albahari
    Checkpoint - David Albahari
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    The description of this book hooked me immediately: “From the award-winning Serbian author David Albahari comes a devasting and Kafkaesque war fable about an army unit sent to guard a military checkpoint with no idea where they are or who the enemy might be.”
  6. Moderan – David R. Bunch
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    Science Fiction, Short Stories
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    Stories about apocalypse brought on by ecological disasters are my favorite genre, so this book of short stories is immediately going on my TBR pile.
  7. All the Stars Denied – Guadalupe Garcia McCall
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    Young Adult, Fiction
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    This novel tells the story of a Mexican-American family who is repatriated back to Mexico by a racist Texan government during the Great Depression. The main character, Estrella, tries to get her family back home to America.
  8. Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth – Sarah Smarsh
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    Memoir, non-fiction
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    There is a huge income-gap in America, and Sarah Smarsh’s new book is going to be an important look at the people who work much too hard just to survive.
  9. One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy – Carol Anderson
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    From the Author of White Rage, Anderson takes an in-depth look at all the ways people are being kept from the voting booths. It’s a relevant book for a turbulent time, especially with the midterm elections coming up.
  10. Rule – Ellen Goodlett
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    Fantasy, young adult
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    This book follows three girls, Zofi, Akeylah, and Ren, who find out that they are the illegitimate daughters of a dying king. One of them will have to be crowned, but it won’t be that easy; someone is trying to keep them from that privilege. This sounds like it is going to be a fun story to read.

Which books are you most looking forward to this week?

Week of 9/4/18: Exciting New Books

“Tuesday is neither here nor there in the hierarchy of the week.”
― Anthony T. Hincks

So, I know it’s a little late, but there are a ton of books coming out this week that I’m so ready for. Let’s get right to it.

  1. I’d Rather Be Reading – Anne Bogel
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    I love Anne Bogel’s blog Modern Mrs. Darcy, and I pre-ordered this book as soon as I was able to. What more could you ask for than a book about books, from one of the best literature bloggers out there!
  2. The Silence of the Girls – Pat Barker
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    This was one of the two books I got from Book of the Month Club, and as soon as I read the description I became excited to start reading it. It focuses on the women from The Illiad, particularly Briseis, who becomes a slave and concubine to Achilles and his conquering army.
  3. The Wildlands – Abby Geni
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    Taking place after a tornado destroys their hometown, Cora and Tucker McCloud team up to act against animal testing and cruelty. Although I’m confused as to why all of the book blurbs I keep seeing mention a “Category 5 tornado” (tornadoes are rated on the EF/Enhanced Fujita scale, hurricanes on the Saffir-Simpson Category 1-5 scale), I’m still curious about this book.
  4. Sadie – Courtney Summers
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    Young Adult/Thriller
    Everywhere I look, there are rave reviews of this book. I haven’t read a lot of young adult mysteries, so I’m looking forward to giving this one a shot. It follows the story of Sadie after the murder of her younger sister, Mattie.
  5. Citizen Illegal – Jose Olivarez
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    Contemporary poetry about immigration, race, class, and the state of modern America. This is Jose Olivarez’s debut.
  6. Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree – Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
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    Young Adult
    A village is attacked by Boko Haram and a young girl is kidnapped along with the other women of her village. The author based the book on real interviews with victims of the terrorist organization’s kidnappings. I doubt this is going to be an easy read, but I feel like it’s going to be an important one.
  7. Tales of Valhalla: Norse Myths and Legends – Hannah Whittock, Martyn Whittock
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    Norse mythology is always interesting, so I’m excited to have another book to read on the topic. I adored Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology, so I have high hopes that I’ll enjoy this one just as much.
  8. The Golden State – Lydia Kiesling
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    Lydia Kiesling makes her debut with this novel about a single mother named Daphne leaving her home in San Francisco after her husband, an immigrant, is denied re-entry into the United States. The book deals with Daphne’s anxiety and loneliness. I’ve heard amazing things about this book.
  9. The Lost Queen by Signe Pike
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    I’ve been wanting to read a good fantasy book lately, and this one seems great. It takes place in sixth-century Scotland and follows Queen Languroreth. The novel deals with the arrival of Christianity to the nation, brought by the Anglo-Saxons as they invade the isles.
  10. The Forbidden Place – Susanne Jansson
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    Taking place in a Swedish village called Mossmarken, a biologist comes across a body in the bogs. Sounds like a simple mystery novel, but then bodies start floating to the surface, one of them with pockets full of gold.