Publishing really starts ramping up in the spring, and it’s totally evident in the state of my book mail! Let’s take a look:
Inbox (Books Acquired)
Made for Love by Alissa Nutting (July 4, Ecco)–Dear Lord I have never been so nervous about a book. Nutting’s Tampa, a novel about a female teacher who sexually preys on her male middle school students, told FROM THE TEACHER’S POV, was probably the most disturbing book I’ve ever read. The plot synopsis of her new work about a wife escaping her mega-wealthy husband doesn’t seem to go down a similar road, but I’m still going to read this with one eye closed. Just in case.
Outbox (Books Finished)
Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear— The second in the Maisie Dobbs post World War I mystery series. Not quite as satisfying as the first (Maisie’s honed intuition bordered a little to closely on psychic powers in this one for my tastes), but the way Winspear works in details of British life immediately after the war is still so fascinating. It’s scratching a nice Agatha Christie itch, and a nice history nerd itch. On to the third!
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser (October 3, HMH Books for Young Readers)— Karina is a Contributing Editor here at Book Riot, and I just love seeing our people write books and put them out there in the world. This middle grade novel about five siblings who are about to lose their home to a grumpy landlord (and the lengths they’ll go to to keep it) sounds charming and like a perfect thing to read in the spring.