Let’s Talk: Most Anticipated Fall/Winter Books

This week’s topic on I Swim for Oceans’ weekly “Let’s Talk” link up is: Most Anticipated Fall/Winter Books. Since I stopped reviewing books for an established website, I haven’t been keeping up with upcoming catalogues, so I only have a limited knowledge of what’s coming up in the next 4 months. But that’s not to say I don’t have a few good ones for you.

1. Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding. It’s been 14 years since we left Bridget, her love life finally on track, at the end of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. The third book in the Bridge Jones saga is finally nearly here, and I for one am on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what happens next!

“With her hotly anticipated third installment, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Fielding introduces us to a whole new enticing phase of Bridget’s life set in contemporary London, including the challenges of maintaining sex appeal as the years roll by and the nightmare of drunken texting, the skinny jean, the disastrous e-mail cc, total lack of twitter followers, and TVs that need 90 buttons and three remotes to simply turn on. An uproariously funny novel of modern life, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is a triumphant return of our favorite Everywoman.”

Coming out October 10th. 

2. Command and Control by Eric Schlosser. Yes, that Eric Schlosser, the one who wrote Fast Food Nation and Reefer Madness. This time he takes on America’s nuclear weapons program:  

“A groundbreaking account of accidents, near misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?”

Coming out on September 17th.

3. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. I’ve never read The Shining, but I’m intrigued by the idea of returning to such a notorious character after so much time has passed. Plus, though I can’t always handle the horror factor, I’ve never known King’s books to disappoint.

“Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.”

Coming out on September 24th.

4. Longbourn by Jo Baker. This is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice from a perspective you may never have considered:

“The servants at Longbourn estate–only glancingly mentioned in Jane Austen’s classic–take center stage in Jo Baker’s lively, cunning new novel. Here are the Bennets as we have never known them: seen through the eyes of those scrubbing the floors, cooking the meals, emptying the chamber pots.”

Coming out on October 8th.

5. The Goldfinch’ by Donna Tartt. I haven’t read any of her books, but I know that for many fellow book enthusiasts, The Secret History is an all-time favourite. Plus this is a book about a misfit. I can relate.

“The Goldfinch is the story of a thirteen year old boy, Theo Decker, who survives an accident that kills his mother and is then adopted by a friend’s wealthy family. He has trouble interacting with others and becomes obsessed with a painting that reminds him of his mother. Ultimately, as an adult, he lives in the world of art and antiques, still trying to relate and find love.”

Coming out October 22nd.

6. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. This kind of reminds me of that Tim Roth show, Lie to Me. Crossed with X-Men.

“Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But, it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides-especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms close. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.” 

Coming out November 5th.

Bonus: Escape from the Children’s Hospital by Jonathan Safran Foer. I enjoyed the overall concept of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, though I have to admit that once I saw the movie, I didn’t get around to finishing the book. All the same, I’m looking forward to giving this one a try.

Coming out in 2014, so doesn’t technically fit into this post… but I figured I’d add it anyway!

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