Last week, I had the fantastic opportunity to visit the Random House Canada office to get a taste of some of the exciting books that will be coming out for Spring/Summer 2015. We were previewed a large selection and I will attempt to pare it down a little bit to share with you some of the ones I’m most excited about! (Okay, they all sound really great but obviously if you’re reading my blog, then we perhaps have similar tastes in books so therefore these are the ones I’m looking forward to. 🙂 )
Let’s start with the…
- Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin | (3/17/2015) From the author of The Happiness Project, Rubin takes on the task of answering the question of making good habits easy and convenient. It’s not just “do as I say, and not as I do” either – Rubin actually tackles each of the strategies and ideas herself. Really excited for this one because it’s definitely fascinating to see why some habits stick and others don’t (generally the bad habits seem to last!)
- The Wild Oats Project by Robin Rinaldi | (3/17/2015) The memoir of a woman in her 40s, married for 16 years comes to a stand-still on the subject of children. So her and her husband agree to have an open marriage where they are still husband & wife on the weekends, but she’s free to “sow her wild oats” as it may during the week. It’s like “Sex in the City meets Girls“.
- The Sweetapolita Bakebook by Rosie Alyea | (4/7/2015) The cover of this book was what caught my eye initially. I’m by no means any kind of expert baker but the gorgeous photos and colourful & whimsical recipes definitely give me motivation and inspiration! Alyea, who originally created the brand Cake Beauty, is also a blogger and all over social media. Check her out on Instagram @sweetapolita for some more delectable photos of her desserts!
Children/Young Adult Fiction
- Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs by Davide Call, Illustrated by Raphaelle Barbanegre | (4/14/2015) What if there were 77 dwarfs instead of just 7? This picture book is absolutely a delight and children will love the funny story and colourful illustrations throughout the pages. So cute.
- We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen | (5/12/2015) Nielsen used to write for the original Degrassi, so her novels definitely hold a reality factor, like “YA with a lesson”. This book deals with bullying, and blended families when single parents of the school outcast and the popular girl move in together.
- Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella | (6/9/2015) Fans of Kinsella’s Shopaholic series will rejoice! Her first young adult novel is coming in June and it revolves around Audrey, a teenager with an anxiety disorder that finds herself connecting with her brother’s friend via notes passed between the two of them. Love the cover!
- Someone is Watching by Joy Fielding | (3/24/2015) In Fielding’s 25th(!) book that has a “Rear Window meets The Silent Wife” feel to it, the protagonist has it all until she is brutally attacked. She’s left insecure and vulnerable, convinced someone is watching her so she starts spying on her neighbours. Is what she is seeing real, or is it her growing paranoia? LOVE the concept of this. Creepy psychological thriller. Great for fans of The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and The Silent Wife!
- The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens | (4/14/2015) Another upcoming creepy read I’m excited about and this blurb sums it up: “Five days. Four hikers. Three survivors.” What happened up on the mountain has never been talked about by the protagonist until now when he’s a grown man and wants to tell his story to his only child.
- Boo by Neil Smith | (5/12/2015) “If Lord of the Flies and The Lovely Bones had a baby”. With that comparison alone, I was sold. From the author of Bang Crunch, Smith tells this coming-of-age tale of an outcast boy at school who gets murdered in front of his locker. When another boy, seemingly a victim of the same shooter, joins him in the afterlife they develop a bond and try to solve their murders together. Positioned as an adult fiction book but with definite YA-crossover potential.
- In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume | (6/2/2015) Ms. Blume is back! This new adult novel focuses on a real-life series of events that occurred in Blume’s childhood. When she was a teenager, in the 3-month period, a series of passenger airplanes all crashed in Elizabeth, NJ. The oddity of all those instances, in the same town in that small window of time has stuck with her. And if you’d like to meet the wonderful author, she’s going to be in Toronto on June 29th at the Toronto Reference Library!
- A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install | (8/4/2015) As quoted by Siobhan at the preview, “like if Up and Wall-E had a baby”. Everything about this book screams cute and sweet to me. Love the title, love the cover, love the story. A man in his 30s finds a robot in his garden one day and is determined to return it home, no matter the distance and the cost. Great for fans of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The Rosie Project and The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window!
- His Whole Life by Elizabeth Hay | (8/11/2015) Set in the mid 90s, a young boy and his Canadian mother and American father are traveling from NYC to a lake in Ontario where the mother/son bond grows as they overcome trials and challenges along the way. There’s a bit of a YA factor in this because of the age of the protagonist. Love the cover.
And lastly, we got a VERY brief quick sneak peek at some of the upcoming Fall 2015 titles!
- Bream Gives Me Hiccups by Jesse Eisenberg | (yes, THE Jesse Eisenberg of Social Network fame) a collection of fictional short stories like B.J. Novak’s One More Thing.
- The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood | New Margaret Atwood book!
- Butter Celebrates! by Rosie Daykin | New recipe book on different celebrations throughout the year
- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon | YA debut novel about a girl with a disease where she’s allergic to everything; artwork throughout the book
- The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald | A book for book lovers; A woman travels to town of Broken Wheel to meet online book-lover friend only to find out she has passed away. Townspeople insist she lives in the late woman’s home and they start recommending books out of her home; for fans of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
The focus for the evening was definitely a variety of genres, mostly adult fiction & non-fiction and it was great to see familiar faces and enjoy pizza and book chats. There were many upcoming books that we didn’t even get to (ie. the Sara Gruen one that we all received) Thank you to the awesome team at Penguin Random House: Jess, Lindsey, Aliya and Elizabeth. Always a great time and thank you for getting us all excited for some amazing new books in the coming months!