Hey there, Savvy Readers!
Spring is a time for new beginnings. Are you looking for some fresh new books to add to your 50 Book Pledge TBR list? You’ve come to the right place, because no matter your tastes, we have some great suggestions for you! So grab a book (preferably one of these) and head outside to enjoy the warm weather and some great reading.
Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
If you want something fresh and exciting, look no further than Ginny Moon. Ginny is a mostly average, but wholly unique teenager who’s finally found a “forever family” after moving from foster home to foster home. But Ginny is autistic, so things that are important to her, like planning an escape, might seem a bit… odd. Hailed by critics as compulsively readable and extraordinary, Ginny’s journey and search for belonging is one you’ll remember!
Crying for the Moon by Mary Walsh
Crying for the Moon by Mary Walsh is a debut you won’t want to miss. It has everything: humour, surprises, sorrow and a whole lot of heart. Maureen, a young woman growing up in 1960s Newfoundland wants more from her life than her strict mother and the nuns who run her school are willing to allow. Of course, that’s always easier said than done, even after faking your way to Montreal through your school’s choir, and before long a series of bad decisions will change the course of Maureen’s life forever.
Miss You by Kate Eberlen
We’ve said it before, but Miss You by Kate Eberlen is still the perfect spring read. What happens when two people are meant to be but don’t know it? Tess and Gus meet each other by chance as teens while vacationing in Florence one summer. What they don’t realize is that their lives will continue to cross over the next sixteen years as they each undergo triumphs and tragedies of their own. This is the ideal, sweet May read for sunshine or showers.
Everybody’s Son by Thrity Umrigar
Here’s a fearless, hard-hitting title for those of you that mean business this month! Everybody’s Son by bestselling author Thrity Umrigar isn’t afraid to explore the difficult complexities of race and privilege. It’s the story of Anton, a black boy who finds himself adopted by a white judge after he’s removed from his mother’s care when she accidentally leaves him locked in an apartment during a heat wave. When, as a successful adult, Anton discovers the morally ambiguous nature of his upbringing he must come to terms with the crimes committed by those he loves most. If all that intrigues you, be sure to pick up a copy of Everybody’s Son.
The Finishing School by Joanna Goodman
Here’s another recent release that’s not afraid to delve into the problems of class… and it’s a mystery. The Finishing School offers a glimpse into what goes on behind closed doors at an elite Swiss girls’ boarding school, including the truth behind a tragic death that occurred there twenty years ago. Bestselling writer Kersti has never stopped wondering about what really happened to her friend, Cressida Strauss, when she fell from a fourth-floor balcony. And when she attends the school’s 100-year anniversary as a guest, she can’t help but do some investigating of her own.
Fallout by Sara Paretsky
If you love mysteries, get psyched for the newest release from Sara Paretsky, Fallout. Detective V.I. Warshawski and her dog are leaving Chicago for Kansas in search of a missing filmmaker and a faded Hollywood actress. But the darkness always runs deeper than you’d expect. The eighteenth installment in Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski series lands with a bang and may be the most intense novel from her yet!
Little Sister by Barbara Gowdy
We’re so excited about Barbara Gowdy’s first new book in ten years, and you should be too! Rose is a sensible woman, but something unusual is happening to her. When strange storms begin breaking out over the city, Rose suddenly finds herself in an another woman’s body, living a stranger’s life! This tale of magical realism is grounded in Rose’s everyday experience and trauma, taking care of her mother in the early stages of dementia and in her own guilt over a childhood death. It asks what it means to explore the edges and limits of your consciousness through a complete stranger’s eyes.
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
First, can we just say how much we love this cover? This sci-fi dystopia includes a giant, flying bear and is perfect for readers who like their fiction weird. Rachel is a scavenger in a ruined nameless city, and on one of her outings she discovers Borne, a strange green lump of no discernable origin. But Borne has secrets, and as it gains sentience it will change Rachel’s life forever.
Seven Days in May by Kim Izzo
Kim Izzo delivers a captivating story about the sinking of the Lusitania inspired by her own family history. As the First World War rages in Europe, two New York heiresses are preparing to sail for England for the wedding of the season. Over the seven days of the fateful voyage, their lives intertwine with Isabel Nelson’s, an expert in signs and cyphers, as they struggle for survival and come to realize the true cost of war. Seven Days in May is perfect for any history buff or fans of Jennifer Robson’s work!
The Lost Diaries of Susanna Moodie by Cecily Ross
Susanna Moodie is one of Canada’s most inimitable pioneers and early writers, and Cecily Ross gives her story a fresh slant in The Lost Diaries of Susanna Moodie. When Susanna Moodie decides to leave behind her promising career in England to follow her husband to the Canadian wilderness, she could hardly have prepared herself for what she’d find. Emotional, honest and vulnerable, the imagined “lost diaries” provide a powerful reimagining of a Canadian heroine and her struggle to survive and prevail in a new, untamed land.
The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn
Here’s one more fantastic debut recommendation, also focused around a famous literary femme. In a unique twist, two researchers from the future to infiltrate Jane Austen’s social circle, diagnose her mysterious illness and steal a secret, unpublished manuscript. As if their mission wasn’t scandalous enough, the two doctors find themselves struggling to maintain their lies as Liam’s relationship with Jane grows complicated and Rachel tries to reconcile her identity as a modern woman against what London society expects of her.
So, which one of these awesome new books do you want to pick up? What else are you adding to your 50 Book Pledge reading list this month? Let us know in the comments or tweet @SavvyReader.