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TTT: Ten Books That Have Recently Arrived

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. They love to share lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week they will post a new Top Ten list  that one of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All that is asked is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

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Small Bones by Vicki Grant

Part of the new Seven Secrets series from Orca, where seven great Canadian authors (Kelley Armstrong, Norah McClintock, Vicki Grant,Marthe Jocelyn, Kathy Kacer, Teresa Toten and Eric Walters) team up to write seven different yet connected stories. This series follows seven teen girls who are given pieces of their past after their orphanage burns down, and each undertakes a journey to find out who and where they are from.

There’s a great marketing campaign for this as well – sampler chapters will be released on a weekly basis staring in August – click here for more details! Release date: September 29, 2015 from Orca Books

masked truthThe Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong

The building has no windows. The exits are sealed shut. Their phones are gone. And their captors are on a killing spree. Riley and Max know that if they can’t get out, they’ll be next—but they’re about to discover that even escape doesn’t equal freedom. (from Goodreads

A standalone teen thriller from Armstrong? Set at a camp for wayward teens with “issues” that echo the very best horror movies? From what I’ve heard from various people, we have two unreliable narrators with alternating POV, with horror, mystery, adventure and a hint of romance.  Catnip, I say … pure catnip. Release date: October 13, 2015 from Doubleday Canada (Penguin Random House)

nature of beastThe Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

This is the eleventh outing for Gamache and the new murder capital of Canada, Three Pines. For this book, a young boy with a penchant for telling tall tales (boy who cried wolf syndrome) is suddenly missing, and all those tall tales don’t seem so far fetched any more.

The joy of Penny’s writing lies in how she draws you into the narrative as if you were a resident of Three Pines. You have the feeling that you know these characters – warts and all – and you are totally immersed in the relationships that develop throughout the case. Release date: August 25, 2015 from Minotaur Books

road to atlantisThe Road to Atlantis by Leo Brent Robillard

Shameless plug here: I am hosting a book club for Word on the Street Toronto, and this is the book that I will be moderating throughout the month of August!

I’m always fascinated by books from smaller presses because they often are hidden gems that just need to have the light shone on them in order for others to see their potential. As someone who journeyed from small town Ontario to family in Nova Scotia by car each summer, this story of a family road trip with tragic reverberations speaks to me in a way I couldn’t have expected. I’m still reading it, but am fascinated as to where and how it will end. Out in September from Turnstone Press

rest of us justThe Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

When my trusted source at HarperCollins Canada informed me that she was sending a copy of the latest Patrick Ness, I may have squealed like a toddler. Patrick Ness is an unbelievable author, and The Knife of Never Letting Go or A Monster Calls as gateway books I give to YA readers as an example of fantastic writing.

This new book has a little more humour in it – what if you aren’t the Chosen One, but the regular guy who just wants to get by in a world of amazing. As my friend suggested, “What if you were the Xander in a world of Buffys and Willows?” I can’t wait to dive in. Release date: August 27th by Walker Books (HarperCollins Canada)

armadaArmada by Ernest Cline

So excited for this one I actually have it twice – a hardcover version and the audio, read aloud by the amazing Wil Wheaton. The world is being invaded by aliens, and it’s up to Zack Lightman and the other gamers to show what they’ve learned from years of video gaming and defend the Earth.

Ready Player One  was one of my unexpected favourite books from our Brunch Book Club, and I’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of this book for a long time. Can’t wait to listen to it! Out now from Penguin Random House

avenue of mysteriesAvenue of Mysteries by John Irving 

I’ve been a long-time John Irving fan, and a friend’s recent decision to name her dog after Garp has inspired me to start a leisurely re-read of some of my favourites. Imagine how excited I was to find a copy of his latest waiting to be read? This book looks at memory and how we live our lives – and how some choose to live their lives more in the past than in the present.

“An aura of fate had marked him,” John Irving writes, of Juan Diego. “The chain of events, the links in our lives—what leads us where we’re going, the courses we follow to our ends, what we don’t see coming, and what we do—all this can be mysterious, or simply unseen, or even obvious.” (from Goodreads) Release date: November 3rd, 2015 from Simon & Schuster (US) and Penguin Random House (Canada)

inheritanceAn Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet

Stars above … this book. Whoa. I read it in less than twenty-four hours, partly because I was under a time constraint to return it to the friend who brought it, and partly because I couldn’t put it down!

This book is very deceptive; it will lull you into thinking that there is a single story while there are layers upon layers within, and each is rich and meaningful and full of emotion. I compared it to the beautiful mythical narrative found in The Ocean at the End of the Lane as there are elements of fantasy and adventure and some unforgettable characters. Put it on your TBR list for fall – it’s already on my best-of list for 2015.  Release date: October 6th from Clarion (a division of Houghton Mifflin Books) in the US, and Scholastic Books in Canada

thousand nightsA Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

What do you do if you find a re-telling of the fabled Scheherazade myth with beautifully evocative world-building that leaves you tasting the sand on your lips and feeling the heat of the sun on your face? A book with strong female characters, an honest and loving relationship between sisters and a cat and mouse relationship with a truly horrible king (because, let’s face it – realistically, there is no romance with someone who is a serial killer)?

You savour it.

There are a number of books out there right now on a similar theme, but I love that this is a story of individuals rather than individuals telling stories. I won’t say too much, except that it was nothing like what I expected, and I can’t see myself hearing this timeless legend the same way again. Release date: October 6th from Disney Hyperion

HuskyHusky by Justin Sayre

Davis and twelve and lives with his mother and his grandmother. Life is pretty confusing for him; he’s questioning his physical appearance and his , his friends are changing and finding their own small cliques and his only solace lies in his beloved opera music – not exactly a way to fit in with the cool kids. He’s about to start high school, and he dreads the label that could potentially define his entire secondary career.

There aren’t a tonne of books that handle issues of body image, fitness and self confidence from the younger male perspective, and it’s lovely to have a book such as this to address these issues with humour and awareness. There is no attempt here to ‘change’ Davis, and I liked that the author allowed him to stumble along the way to figuring things out. Release date: September 22, 2015 from Penguin Young Readers

What about you? What books recently appeared on your shelves or in your mailbox?  Leave your notes or links to your own lists in the comments below!

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3 Responses »

  1. I have a thousand nights too and am really looking forward to reading it 🙂 Hope you enjoy it.

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  2. This year’s stand-outs: Turtle Feet by Nikolai Grozni, and The Barefoot Lawyer by Cheng Guangchen.

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