So many books, so little time. Every year, there are masses of new novels released, just a small number of which I’m able to feature on this website (like seriously, how do you expect me to read more than upwards of 100 books while still binge watching The Vampire Diaries on Netflix. Don’t ask. Actually, please do. But another time.)
Just to make sure that you and I both missing out on the the best of the best of the best, and the absolute must reads, I asked my friends at each publisher to tell me which book (or books) they’re most excited about for 2014. And these are their picks.
Shannon Parsons, Marketing, Harper Collins Canada sent me four of her top upcoming reads for the year. They all look amazing. Emma Donoghue is one of my personal favourite authors, I love historical fiction, and who doesn’t like a good sci-fi trilogy? P.S. don’t forget to sign up for HCC’s 50 Book Pledge!
In thrilling, cinematic style, FROG MUSIC digs up a long-forgotten, never-solved crime. Full of songs that migrated across the world, author of Room, Emma Donoghue’s lyrical tale of love and bloodshed among lowlifes captures the pulse of a boomtown like no other.
In the dark and dangerous days of World War I, a daring young woman will risk her life to find her destiny. A great read for Downton Abbey fans!
Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson
Anneliese Grosfield from Simon and Schuster Canada (who was my first publishing partner ever and sent me my very first book for review!) is looking forward to these four novels. I gotta say, from the descriptions, so am I. Don’t forget to enter the S & S Winter Warmup Contest!
Read the book that scared Stephen King. It begins like a campfire story: Five boys and a grownup went into the woods, ending in madness, murder, and worse. Part Lord of the Flies, part 28 Days Later—and all-consuming—this tightly written, edge-of-your-seat thriller will take readers deep into the heart of darkness and close to the edge of sanity. This book is realistic and cinematic.
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
An intelligent and taut debut thriller that depicts the collision course between two geniuses, one a tortured hero and one a determined terrorist. A fast paced and frightening novel that makes you think something like it could happen. (Anneliese notes: .You’ll read this book the way you marathon your favorite tv shows.)
With pitch-perfect honesty and heartwarming humor, this captivating debut explores marriage, motherhood, identity, and what it takes to love someone—family members, friends, or spouses—for life.
Mating for Life by Marissa Stapley
Lindsey Reeder of Random House of Canada has one book that she can’t wait for. I think she’s onto something, because it looks absolutely amazing. I can see why she has singled it out amongst all of the great RHC offerings. Also, don’t forget to print out your bingo card and join in on the Random House of Canada Reading Bingo Challenge. This game is a great way to get you to explore books outside of your comfort zone!
Told from the point of view of a six-year-old child, The Bear is the story of Anna and her little brother, Stick–two young children forced to fend for themselves in Algonquin Park after a black bear attacks their parents. A gripping and mesmerizing exploration of the child psyche, this is a survival story unlike any other, one that asks what it takes to survive in the wilderness and what happens when predation comes from within.
The Bear by Claire Cameron
Tricia Van der Grient of Penguin Canada’s publicity department has read and recommends these three intriguing reads. These ones are chock full of magical realism and will definitely get you thinking
Loosely based on the tragic stories of women who went missing on the Highway of Tears in B.C., this intoxicatingly lush debut novel weaves together folklore, mythology, and elements of magical realism to create a compelling and unsettling portrait of life in a dead-end town.
A Man Came out of the Door in the Mountain by Adriane Harun
A literary re-telling of the Snow White fairy tale that confronts the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold. Dazzlingly inventive and powerfully moving, Boy, Snow, Bird is an astonishing and enchanting novel.
A lovely romantic story set in a bookstore about new and unexpected loves. A booklover’s dream, this novel is an unforgettable tale of transformation, second chances, and an irresistible affirmation of why we read and why we love.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Which of these releases are you most looking forward to? Any to add?