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Sneak Peek: YA to Watch for in 2016

Before reading this post, it is important to note two things:

  1. These books are in no particular order (other than alphabetical, by author’s last name). They are not ordered by release date OR genre. Some of them do not have a hard release date…just a guestimate (or guestiDATE).
  2. There is loads of YA bookish “coming soon” news on the interwebs. I tried to glean the best of the best, but I had no method of doing that other than using my librarian brain.

Here we go! As determined by Librarian Barrows, the most anticipated YA fiction on the 2016 horizon. All books are linked to their respective Goodreads pages.

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2), by Victoria Aveyard

Bookishly Ever After, by Isabel Bandeira

Passenger, by Alexandra Bracken

The Crown (The Selection #5), by Kierra Cass

A Study in Charlotte, by Brittany Cavallaro

Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare

The Fever Code (The Maze Runner #0.6), by James Dashner

The Land of 10,000 Madonnas, by Kate Hattemer

The Love that Split the World, by Emily Henry

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, by Rosamund Hodge

We Are the Ants, by Shaun David Hutchinson

Exit, Pursued by a Bear, by E.K. Johnston

Rebel, Bully, Geek Pariah, by Erin Jade Lange

Untitled (Young Elites #3), by Marie Lu

Heartless, by Marissa Meyer

Stars Above, by Marissa Meyer

The Mystery of Hollow Places, by Rebecca Podos

The Shadow Queen, by CJ Redwine

Riders, by Veronica Rossi

Calamity, by Brandon Sanderson

The Raven King, by Maggie Stiefvater

The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love, by Sarvenaz Tash

Into the Dim, by Janet B. Taylor

The Muse of Nightmares, by Laini Taylor

My Name is not Friday, by Jon Walter

P.S. I Like You, by Kasie West

The Last Star, by Rick Yancey

And finally…an anthology of YA goodness!

Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, featuring stories by:Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith

 

 

New Fiction News, December 2015

We’ve added a bunch of great new books to the Calarco Library fiction (and graphic novels!) sections in December. Completely new titles, sequels to popular stories, mythology mashups, podcast spin-offs – there’s a little bit of everything. You can browse many of them below, or take a look through the Calarco Library Catalog. Clicking on a cover will take you to the record for that book.

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New Fiction News for November 2015

Hello readers!

We went on a bit of a tear, adding over 50 new books to our fiction collection in the past month. You can browse many of them below, or take a look through the Calarco Library Catalog. Clicking on a cover will take you to the record for that book.

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New Books News: Spring Edition

The Calarco Library has kept busy this spring finding new books for the Hopkins community. Check out the list of recent editions below or visit the library catalog to find a specific title.

*A friendly reminder: Calarco Library rents Kindles to staff, faculty and students alike with full access to our 600+ e-book collection. If you would like to check out a Kindle, stop by the library at any time!

Coming to Calarco: November Edition

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Keep an eye out for these new and noteworthy books.

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future -by A.S. King

Alan Turing: The Enigma -by Andrew Hodges

(the book that inspired the upcoming film The Imitation Game)

Midwinter Blood -by Marcus Sedgwick

The 5th Wave -Rick Yancey

The Eye of Minds -by James Dashner

Belzhar -by Meg Wolitzer

The Rithmatist -by Brandon Sanderson

Revival -by Stephen King

The Children Act -by Ian McEwan

The Strange Library -by Haruki Murakami

Here, Bullet -by Brian Turner

Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite -by Suki Kim

My Life as a Foreign Country -by Brian Turner

The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books -by Azar Nafisi

New Books News

Welcome to New Books News, a semi-regular column featuring new additions to the Calarco Library. This fall, we are highlighting some popular new items as well as books that should be popular, but aren’t getting very much play.

For a full list of new books, please visit Calarco’s What’s New LibGuide.

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Fiction

The Goblin Emperor -Katherine Addison

Need convincing? Read Mr. Gette’s book review.

The Magician’s Land -Lev Grossman

EVERYONE thinks this book is the best installment in Grossman’s trilogy. Need convincing? Read the NYT review.

Ancillary Sword -Ann Leckie

A sequel to Ancillary Justice (which won all the awards).

We Were Liars -E. Lockhart

John Green gave Lockhart’s newest book his stamp of approval. Last time Green did that, it was Eleanor & Park. The guys is usually right.

Station Eleven -Emily St. John Mandel

A National Book Award finalist

The Winter People -Jennifer McMahon

Ghosts + Vermont farmhouses + creepiness = a promising story

Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen -Garth Nix

Fans of the Old Kingdom series will be quick to read this prequel. Interested in starting the series? Check out the Nix’s other installments.

Lock In -John Scalzi

Check out Mr. Gette’s book review. The short version is, “This book is awesome.”

Nora Webster -Colm Toibin

This guy is such a heavyweight that it is always worth checking out his latest book.

The Paying Guests -Sarah Waters

After reading The Little Stranger, I’m ready to read anything by Waters.

Frog Music -Emma Donoghue

If you loved Room, you should give Donoghue’s new (and very different) book a try.

Everything Rick Riordan

Graphic Novels

Smile -Raina Telgemeier

Sisters -Raina Telgemeier

Follow Raina’s story in this graphic novel series.

Book Review: Before I Go To Sleep

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Christine can remember how to brush her teeth and cook a meal, but she can’t remember most of her life. Sometimes she wakes up as a 20 year-old, other times as a child, but never as the 47 year-old woman she is. During the day, Christine can learn facts about her life and store new memories, but she can’t recall the memories herself. Anything Christine learns or discovers is lost when she goes to sleep. Christine lives in the present, and she is fully dependent on the man she wakes up next to every morning – her husband, Ben. But is Ben telling the whole story? Not long after entering Christine’s reality do we learn that she has been secretly meeting with a doctor, and she has been keeping a private journal. What would a woman with no memory need to hide from the one person she is supposed to trust?

A premise like this, well, it comes cheap. The “trust no one” approach has been rehashed and reused countless times. What makes Watson’s noir a gripping read is his handling of the premise. The reader only knows what Christine knows, and her knowledge fluctuates. The twists to Christine’s story are not out of left-field (a la Gone Girl), but carefully hidden underneath the surface. When Christine discerns a carefully concealed truth, her moments of clarity are reflected in the reader. Sometimes the narration is bogged down when Christine re-remembers parts of her life, but those re-rememberings quickly turn into a narrative tool that propels the story forward.

Final Verdict: The story moves quickly and the plot twists (especially the doozy at the end) are tough to spot.

Read if: you liked Gone Girl and want a story with similar pacing and feel, OR if you hated Gone Girl and want a noir read with plot twists that are actually feasible.

-Signing off, Jenny Barrows (who loves being able to use the word “noir” in a sentence)