Monday, May 28, 2012

2012 Summer Reading

I just love summer reading.  When the term comes to mind I imagine myself on the beach or by the pool with a good book in one hand and a cocktail in the other (I'm also wearing really awesome sunglasses and a big, floppy hat).  Realistically, summer reading means trying not to sweat onto the pages of my book while staying as close to an AC vent as possible.  Despite the reality, it doesn't change the fact that a great deal of amazing literature is released throughout the summer months.  Here are a few new releases I'm looking forward to this summer:

The Girl Giant - Kristen den Hartog

Kristen den Hartog's new novel tells the story of Ruth, a young girl who has a rare genetic disorder that causes her to grow to unusually large proportions.  But Ruth is unique in other ways as well, and her towering physique coupled with a very strange and unexplainable intuition makes Ruth and her parents a very interesting literary family.  The Girl Giant will be released on 6/12/12.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

I've read a lot of amazing reviews of this book already, and don't you just love the cover?  Anyway, Maria Semple has written for TV shows like Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live so it's no surprise that critics love her newest novel about Bernadette Fox, a quirky mother and wife who disappears without a trace, leaving her equally quirky family to gather clues about why Bernadette disappeared and where she went.  The book has been described as "hilarious," "inventive," "delightful," and a "black comedy," so I'm in.  Where'd You Go, Bernadette will be released on 8/14/12.

Dare Me - Megan Abbott

Y'all know how much I adore Megan Abbott, and I've been looking forward to this book since I found out about its release months ago.  Dare Me is about a high school cheerleading coach, Colette, who is  thrust into controversy when a suicide leads police to investigate her and the rest of the cheerleading team.  With Abbott's imaginative and polished writing skills, Dare Me is bound to be amazing, just like everything else she writes.  This title will be released on 7/31/12.

 The Red House - Mark Haddon

From the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time comes The Red House, a novel about two estranged siblings who reunite on a family vacation in the English countryside.  Family secrets are revealed, old wounds are re-opened, and general family drama ensues!  Sounds like a great summer read to me!  The Red House will be released on 6/12/12.

Thy Neighbor - Norah Vincent

Thy Neighbor tells the story of Nick Walsh, a strange, reclusive man who is obsessed with the violent nature of his parents' death nearly 13 years ago.  Nick is now in his mid 30s and still living in his childhood home, but he is preoccupied with the past, and he soon develops a chilling habit of elaborately spying on his neighbors to find out what they might know about the death of his parents.  A novel about obsession, paranoia, and the darkness lurking in suburbia, Norah Vincent's new novel is bound to be gripping and fast-paced.  Thy Neighbor will not be released until 8/2/12, but I managed to get an Advanced Reader copy, so hopefully I'll be able to get a head start within the next few weeks.

If these titles aren't enough to get you excited about summer reading, check out these summer reading lists as well: