Summer is The Best. Fall is fine and all, but honestly the season’s become so overrun by pumpkin spice and pinterest that I’ll take the simple joys of summer any time over the cloying commercialism that autumn has become. Give me farmers markets and wildflower bouquets, days spent by the river and dresses. I love the long evenings and quiet sunrises, slipping on sandles and wandering outside; not having to put three layers on just to go for a walk is wonderful.
But I digress- we aren’t here to wax poetic about how summer is better than all the other seasons, we are here to talk about books! And reading them! And what I’d like to read even though life is dark hole that swallows up all my emotions save apathy! Hooray!
Anyway… This weeks list has the books I am most hyped about for the summer, which has officially started now that Games Done Quick is happening. Check it out, they’re raising money for Doctors Without Borders.
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Wanderers by Chuck Wendig: A mysterious sickness sweeps across the United States, one that sends sleepwalkers wandering out into the wilderness, with their only protection being those who chose to follow them. Color me intrigued, because Chuck Wendig is a man with very clever boots and I’m endlessly curious about the why behind the what in this story. Release Date: July 2nd.
The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson: Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantaro was one of my favorite reads from 2018, and this story is in much the same vein- a group of kids and an uncle with an enthusiasm for the occult uncover mysteries in a small town over the course of a summer. Told from the memories of an adult protagonist, it looks to be a great romp through a 1980’s summer. This one came out last year, but the paperback with the cover I want is being released on July 9th.
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow: OK, so Tamora Pierce said it was one of the most unique works of fiction she’s ever read. And you all know how much I love her stuff. This story sounds as intriguing as The Night Circus, and just as lush and imaginative. It tells the tale of January Scaller, and the strange house she lives in as a ward. Release Date: September 10th.
The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited by The McElroy Family & Carey Pietsch I love Dungeons and Dragons, and since Vox Machina has been replaced by the so-far-less-endearing Mighty Nein, I’ve turned to Taako and Co. for my recommended dose of monsters and poor decision making. This is volume two of the comic version of their online game, and with volume one being such a delight, I’m really looking forward to the next one. Release Date: July 16th.
Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton: A pet crow with a foul mouth and a desire to eat Cheetos sets out to save humanity from a dark apocalypse. Morbid, humorous, and strange- three of my favorite things. He sets out into the world of Seattle with his trusty Dog Steed, Dennis, on a quest to save their human Big Jim, and discovers the world is a much darker place then his T.V. centric world view had ever let him know. Release Date: August 6th.
Super Fun Sexy Times by Meredith McClaren: A collection of sex positive, consensual get-togethers by heroes, villains, sidekicks, and the people who love them. These short stories sound funny and fun, as the title implies, and honestly I could use the sort of distraction these stories offer up. Release Date: August 20th.
The Gossamer Mage by Julie E. Czerneda: A deathless goddess who controls all magic and the mage intent on destroying her. Yet unbeknownst to him, she is all that protects his realm from the dangers that wait outside it’s borders, and all that keeps magic alive. Release Date: August 6th.
Across the Void by S. K. Vaughn: So I loved Arrival and The Martian, and reviews are saying fans of those works will love this. An astronaut wakes from a medically induced coma to find herself alone and adrift on a ship that is quickly failing, and everyone back on earth believes (or wants to believe) she is dead. But that’s not her only problem, because she may very well not be as alone as she thought. Release Date: July 2nd.
Supercute Futures by Martin Millar: What if a company started by two teens with a love of all things kawaii grew so large that it eventually took over the world? What if everywhere you went the Supercute Aesthetic was a way of life? What if this tiny start up company grew in power to the point where it was fighting for control over the worlds water? What am I even writing? This books sounds strange and hilarious and the cover appeals to me on an Aesthetic level. Release Date: August 26th.
Song of Blood & Stone: Earthsinger Chronicles, Book One by L. Penelope: Two countries divided by a magical barrier that draws close to collapse, a powerful mage king looking to seize control of a neighboring kingdom, and the outcast woman who can save them all. This sounds like a solid fantasy with a lead who is a woman of color and a leading man who is a spy, one of my greatest weaknesses. Release Date: July 16th.
And there we are, ten books that I would love to read but probably won’t get to right away. How’s your summer shaping up? Is there anything in particular you are excited about?