“What book do you look forward to reading in 2016?”
Read on to see what a number of our DCL staffers picked!
Fallen Land by Taylor Brown.
Fallen Land is set in the final year of the Civil War, as a young couple on horseback flees a dangerous band of marauders who seek a bounty reward. Callum, a seasoned horse thief at fifteen years old, came to America from his native Ireland as an orphan. Ava, her father and brother lost to the war, hides in her crumbling home until Callum determines to rescue her from the bands of hungry soldiers pillaging the land, leaving destruction in their wake. Ava and Callum have only each other in the world and their remarkable horse, Reiver, who carries them through the destruction that is the South. Taylor Brown’s debut intrigues me because the novel’s style has been compared to Cormac McCarthy and Charles Frazier. It’s set for publication January 12.
~Nicole R. @ JHL
The Widow by Fiona Barton
I’m fascinated by the question: how much do the wives of men who commit terrible crimes really know? In The Widow, the wife of a serial killer is brought to task when she is asked how much she knew and when, and what made her monster of a husband tick. This book is set in the UK and I like to read books that give me an international view of crime – and in particular, murder. Are people’s motivations and methods different depending on their country of origin? Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will likely enjoy this electrifying thriller.
~Carol W. Staff Trainer
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
The Expanse is an intriguing new show on the Syfy channel, based on the books by co-authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, writing as James S.A. Corey. Leviathan Wakes is the first book in the New York Times bestselling series, set 200 years after mankind has migrated to space. When a reluctant ship’s captain and washed-up detective find themselves involved in the case of a missing girl, what they discover brings our solar system to the brink of civil war, and exposes the greatest conspiracy in human history. The Expanse series features several titles—next up, Caliban’s War. I look forward to strong female characters and exploring a new kind of frontier.
~Amy C. Staff Trainer
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton
Here is a perfect book for your next book group meeting in 2016. I can’t say enough good things about The Secret Wisdom of the Earth. The characters are wonderful. Scotton should be on everyone’s reading list – great for men or women. It came out in paperback January 5th. I also listened to it and the reader is wonderful. You will miss the characters after you are done. It keeps moving and it was hard for me to stop reading or listening to it.
~Lisa C. @ JHL
How to Be a Grown-Up: a Novel by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
I’ve been eagerly waiting for the audiobook version of this title, from the authors of The Nanny Diaries, to come out and now it is here! Read by Audie award-winning Tara Sands, How to Be a Grown Up tells the story of Rory McGovern, a forty-something wife and mother. Rory is unexpectedly thrust back into the workforce when her husband, Blake, loses his dream job and announces he feels like “taking a break” from being a husband and father. Her only hope is to accept a full-time position working for two twenty-somethings on a high end kiddie “life style” website. Hijinks ensue! The struggle to survive in a millennial world will remind you of last season’s totally enjoyable fluff listen, The Knock-off, by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza, narrated by Katherine Kellgren.
~Dodie O. @ JHL
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
I have a new YA title that I’m excited about, Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices- Book 1) by Cassandra Clare.Taking place five years after the events of the Mortal Instruments series, this series follows orphaned shadowhunter Emma Carstairs, of the Los Angeles Institute, who finds herself–along with her best friend and parabatai Julian–in a race against time to track down a killer and prevent open war between the faeries and the Shadowhunters. Fans of Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Boys series or Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series may enjoy this title. Available for request in book format now, the street date for Lady Midnight is 3/8/16.
~Jill S. @ PSM
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
My number one choice for 2016 is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. She has developed her own method for living a clutter-free life, and she addresses the issues of why we feel like we’re constantly tidying, but still living with clutter: mainly because we don’t do a thorough job of it. Her step-by-step method is geared towards making a permanent change; she claims none of her clients has relapsed to a cluttered life after her advice. I think this is a great way to start a new year!
~Wendy J-R @ JHL
The Geography of Genius by Eric Weiner
I am super excited to read the new book by the author of The Geography of Bliss. It’s due out in 2016 and is titled, The Geography of Genius. I look forward to more from an author whose first book is so fun and funny that I have re-read parts of it several times. Eric Weiner is able to take a topic and explore the human and humorous side like few other writers. Can’t wait to read it!
~Patty W. @ PSM
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
I am looking forward to reading A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman. It is a debut novel that is humorous and reflects on love and loss. Publishers Weekly states that “the author writes with winning charm.” I looked up author read-alikes for Backman in Novelist and one of the nine authors they suggest is Matthew Quick, whose works are “funny and engaging”. These authors share the genre ‘Mainstream fiction’ and the subject ‘Neighbors.’
~Laurie G. @ PA
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel.
Steve just wants to save his baby brother–but what will he lose in the bargain? Kenneth Oppel’s haunting gothic tale is one of the most acclaimed juvenile fiction books of the year, receiving six starred reviews. The author of the jf standouts, Silverwing and The Boundless, here Kenneth Oppel creates an eerie masterpiece in this compelling story that explores disability and diversity, fears and dreams, and what ultimately makes a family. The Nest features illustrations from Caldecott Medalist, Jon Klassen, and will work for fans of Gaiman’s Coraline. Other readalikes include: The Seer of Shadows, by Avi; Serafina and the Black Cloak, by Robert Beatty.
~Laura B-H. @ JHL