Friday, May 16, 2014

What's On Your Summer Bookshelf?

Whether by the pool, beach, campsite, backyard, park, in a plane, bus, car, train, or ensconced in the heavenly chill of your air conditioned reading nook, summer and reading are perfectly paired.

Here's a list of books we have on our want list as well as ones we've read and recommend. In some cases, the next book in the series is coming out later this summer or fall, so this is a good time to catch up.

Note: The second I hit "Publish" I am going to remember 10 more books that should be on this list. This might be a two-parter. At least.

Broken Souls by Stephen Blackmoore is out August 5. Dark Urban Fantasy with a necromancer, tons of action, and several different personifications of Death. Santa Muerte freaked me out more than a bit in book 1. Expecting more in book 2. Amazon | B&NIndiebound
If haven't read it yet, pick up Dead Things, book 1. Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Indiebound

ML Brennan's Generation V: One of my favorite new series. I had a very fun discussion with the author and can't wait for book 3. Totally eff'd up world, great character progression, and I loved the author's take on vampires. Tainted Blood is out in November, so now is the time to read books 1 and 2.
Generation V Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Indiebound
Iron Night  Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Indiebound

Mary Robinette Kowal's Glamourist histories. Meghan's raved about this. I need to catch up. Loved book 1.
Shades of Milk and Honey  Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Indiebound
Glamour in Glass  Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Indiebound
Without a Summer  Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Indiebound
Valour and Vanity  Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Indiebound

Michael Underwood's Shield and Crocus out June 10. Meghan & I really loved Underwood's Geekomancy. I'm looking forward to his take on Fantasy.  Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Indiebound

Rachel Aaron's Nice Dragons Finish Last is out July 15. Aaron wrote the phenomenal Eli Monpress series and the Paradox trilogy as Rachel Bach (check out Meghan's posts here and here). This is an Urban Fantasy with dragons. I'm in.

Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach Trilogy. Book 1 gave me some very trippy dreams. If you are camping or visiting the rainforest and want to freak yourself out, this should do it. The last book is out in September, so catch up on books 1 and 2.
Annihilation  Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Indiebound
Authority  Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Indiebound

The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne out May 20. Described as surreal dystopian sci fi, this follows women traveling to Ethiopia in hopes of answers and a better future. I have a feeling that things will not go easy for them.  Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Indiebound

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins is out now. New Young Adult series from Hex Hall author Hawkins, we have a southern belle who becomes a guardian for an unlikely charge.  Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Indiebound

Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor is out now in the UK. US readers can get it, but there are fewer vendors. Alien invasion, a trio thrown together who have to save their city, Lagos, Nigeria, and the world. Combines superheroes and Nigerian mythology.  AmazonKobo | Author's website

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris is out now. New series by the author best known for creating Bon Temps and all of its supernatural shenanigans. This series features a supporting character from my favorite of Harris' series, the Harper Connelly books. It's far darker (and shorter at just 4 books). I have a feeling several of you would dig Manfred, the tattooed bad boy psychic who is trying to hide away from it all in a very strange town. Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Indiebound

Magic Breaks, Kate Daniels #7 by Ilona Andrews is out July 29. This is it. We finally get to meet Roland. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then go read books 1-6. Kate Daniels is my favorite UF series - awesome character progression, phenomenal worldbuilding, snarky humor.  Amazon | B&NIndiebound

Rat Queens Vol 1 Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch is out now. I fell in love with this series and it's kickass Queens a couple of months ago. Fun fantasy with tons of action and irreverent as hell.  Amazon | B&N | Indiebound

Elizabeth Bear's Eternal Sky Trilogy is complete and available now. So many reviewers that I follow have loved this series. Fantasy with diverse and dynamic characters. I am ready to dive in.
Range of Ghosts  Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Indiebound
Shattered Pillars  Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Indiebound
Steles of the Sky  Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Indiebound

What is on your list?

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  1. Looks like a great list! _Valour and Vanity_ is also on my to-read shelf, along with _A Discovery of Witches_, Emma Newman's _Any Other Name_, and _Long Hidden_. I have a bunch of historical fiction on the list too, and a collection of Welsh fairy tales and folklore I'm looking forward to. I'm also hoping to get my hands on the second book in Jim Hines' Libriomancer series.

    1. I really like Newman's books. Have you listened to Tea & Jeopardy?

      I need to read Codex Born too. I knew I would have to make a second list... ;)