If people would only stop writing books! Then we readers wouldn’t have to stress all the time about how to fit them all in and could finally catch up. It’s so hard and even painful at times because they all look amazing. And if you are like me, you want to read them all but there’s no way. Plus, not only are there new books, but new series and additions and sequels to the series we already love. How’s a reader to handle all this bookish abundance?
The only way is to pick and choose – and to hope you are picking and choosing the very best ones. In order to help you in that endeavor, here’s a list of 10 books coming out this summer that I think readers of all sorts might find most awesome, indeed.
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon: Book 8 (June 10 by Delacorte Press): I read the first book in this series, Outlander, years ago, but haven’t managed to keep up. And now I’m even more behind because the eighth book is out this summer. Readers of all genres love these books. It has time travel and British history and intrigue and politics and, of course, tons of romance! If you haven’t read this series yet, now is the time – especially since there’ll be a Starz TV series starting up this summer on August 9.
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (June 19 by Mulholland Books): This is the second novel by Robert Galbraith (a pen name used by J.K. Rowling,) about a private detective named Cormoran Strike and all his murder mystery-solving adventures. “Engaging,” “fast paced” and “enthralling” are all words that describe this story. J.K. Rowling fans will not want to miss these books! Get started on the adventures with the first book, The Cuckoo’s Calling, then pick up The Silkworm.
Landline by Rainbow Rowell (July 3, 2014 by St. Martin’s Press): Everyone is raving about this author! This is the author to watch. This is the author that all the other authors are freaking about. This is the author that has burst into the bookish world causing readers to fall head over heels in love with Eleanor and Park, and Fangirl. Rowell’s newest book is about a marriage that just might be saved by a magic telephone – a device that allows this couple to travel back in time. Sort of. Having read her other books, I know this one will be on my TBR (To Be Read) list, for sure.
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness:(July 15, 2014 by Viking Adult): I have yet to read this popular series about the adventures of an historian witch and a vampire scientist, but I know many have loved it and are looking forward to this final book this summer. If you are like me and need to start at the beginning, the first book is called A Discovery of Witches. My copy has been on my shelves waiting its turn for months now!
The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman (Aug. 5 by Viking Adult): This is the finale in a trilogy being hailed as “The Catcher in the Rye for alternate universes” and “Harry Potter for adults.” The first two books in the series are The Magicians and The Magician King. If magic is your thing, then you better run and not walk to snag these books, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Click here and see what these famous people think.
Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb (Aug. 12 by Del Rey): Beloved fantasy author Robin Hobb brings back an old and well-known character from the Farseer books to start a brand new series. Fritz, our hero from the past, is living in peace far-removed from his old life when sinister messengers come to destroy everything. Now he must take up the old ways again. I’ve seen much buzz about these world being brought back for another run. Excitement abounds!
The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black (Sept. 9, 2014 by Scholastic Press): From a collaboration between beloved YA authors, Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments series) and Holly Black (Spiderwick Chronicles), comes the first book in a new series about a boy who has to take a test to get into a magic school. He hopes with all his heart that he will fail because if he gets in, it means bad things will happen. Well, of course, he fails to fail…
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (September 16 by Putnam Juvenile): The first book in this series, The 5th Wave, was, hands down, my favorite book last year. The story is about the fifth wave of an alien take-over and our young heroes are trying to fight back. But who are the good guys and who are the enemies? It’s crazy-exciting. I can’t wait for this next book!
The following two books came out earlier this year – in March, to be exact – but since these two authors will be attending Salt Lake Comic Con 2014, you’ll need to read them for your homework and preparation!
Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson (March 4 by Tor Books): Words of Radiance is the second in an epic fantasy series which started with The Way of Kings. Ten huge, fat books will be on our shelves before it’s over! This is an awesome series about the return of the Knights Radiant – super powered leaders from a time long past. Their powers are fueled by the huge and awful storms that constantly plague this world. Thus, the name of the series is The Stormlight Archive. If epic fantasy is your thing, this series is a must.
Ruins by Dan Wells (March 11 by Balzer and Bray): Ruins is the third installment in a YA dystopian trilogy. In the first book, Partials, we learn that the world is near to ending because all the humans are dying from a disease called “RM.” The Partials (genetically engineered people) are taking over. But the Partials have their own problem, having been created with an expiration date. If something isn’t done fast, before long, all people will be wiped out.
Wait! Did I say 10 books? I lied. Here are a couple of bonus books that are coming out later this fall that I think all fantasy-loving readers will want to know about since they are companion books to a couple of beloved series.
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss (Oct 28 by DAW Hardcover): This little book gives us a glimpse into the life of Auri, that sweet and mysterious girl who lives under the University in the dark and sprawling tunnels. Remember her? We meet her when Kvothe discovers her while on his own adventures during The Name of the Wind and its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear. Now, if only Mr. Rothfuss would just finish up the third book!
The World of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin (October 28 by Bantam): Subtitled, “The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones,” this book will be filled with backstory and history of the Seven Kingdoms. It will include so many things: stories of battles, maps, family trees, artwork – all new content never before seen! If you are a fan of this series, this author and this TV show, you know you’ll want this one!
That’s just a sampling of some of the wonderful books coming out this summer. What books are you looking forward to?
Happy reading and good luck in your picking and choosing!
Suey is an Official Salt Lake Comic Con Blogger.