Publisher’s Picks: What Should We Read in 2014?

Publisher's Picks: What You Should Read in 2014

 

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!

 

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue (on sale March 25)

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.

 

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

What to Read in 2014: Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

 

The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier (on sale March 11) *

 

The story of an ancient Amazon woman is interwoven with a modern-day story about a young archeologist in this fascinating novel.

 

 

 

 

The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier

What to read in 2014: The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier

 

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer (on sale February 4)

 

Something completely different. A sci-fi story about an expedition into the mysterious Area.  The first book in an exciting new trilogy!

 

Annihilation by Jeff Vendermeer

What to read in 2014: Annihilation by Jeff Vendermeer

 

Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson (on sale January)

 

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

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!

 

The Troop by Nick Cutter  (On sale Feb 25)

 

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.

 

The Troop by Nick Cutter

The Troop by Nick Cutter

 

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (On sale May 6)

 

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.

 

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

 

 

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (On sale May 27)

 

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.)

 

I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

 

Mating for Life by Marissa Stapley (On sale July 1)

 

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

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!

 

The Bear by Claire Cameron (On sale Feb 11)

 

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

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

 

A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain by Adrianne Harun (On sale Feb 23)

 

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 Man Came out of the Door in the Mountain by Adriane Harun

 

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi (On sale March 4)

 

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.

 

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

 

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (On sale April 1)

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

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

 

 

Which of these releases are you most looking forward to? Any to add?

 

 

 

 

 

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