Anticipated Book Releases

I find that part of the fun of being an avid reader is the researching, planning and anticipating all the books that are coming soon to a bookstore or library near you.  In that vein, today I share with you my top five anticipated reads over the next couple of months …

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir – Available May 4, 2021

I loved this author’s previous book and movie adaptation, The Martian, and I hope that his newest release will be as humorous.  In Project Hail Mary, the protagonist, Ryland Grace, is the only survivor on a mission that has gone wrong.  His crewmates are dead, he has amnesia and if he fails his mission, the earth will perish.  Obviously, no pressure on the main character!

Sunshine Girl by Julianna Margulies – Available May 4, 2021

For lovers of the tv shows ER and The Good Wife comes a memoir from Julianna that has been described as unflinchingly honest and perceptive.  It appears from Audible that the author is also going to narrate the audiobook which is what I love for a memoir. 

The Disappearing Act by Florence de Changy – Available May 18, 2021

This is a non-fiction piece of journalism about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared mid-flight on March 8, 2014 carrying 239 passengers.  The author followed this story from the beginning and closely documented the international investigation.  In this book she offers her own explanation as to what happened to this flight.  As an avid traveller (prior to the current pandemic),  I think this book sounds fascinating but probably also horrifying at the same time.

Indy Split:  The Battle for the Indy 500 by John Oreovicz – Available May 30, 2021

The Indy 500 is the most prestigious and famous race in the world but political infighting in 1996 split IndyCar racing into two leagues – Champ Car and Indycar.  Champ Car outshone with the most famous names in the industry – Andretti, Rahal, Vasser, Zanardi, Penske, Ganassi – but it didn’t have the one thing it needed – the Indy 500 which stayed with the IndyCar league.  In this book John Oreovicz looks at the twelve year split in the industry that caused sponsors and fans to choose sides. 

As someone who has watched the Indy 500 since I was a teenager, this is a book I will absolutely devour once I get my hands on it.  I remember this split well and it very nearly killed open wheel racing in America.  While Champ Car had the better cars and drivers, it unfortunately needed the Indy 500 to survive as sponsors demanded the visibility that the biggest race affords.  May 30th cannot come fast enough!!!!

The Librarian of Saint-Malo by Mario Escobar – Available June 1, 2021

This piece of historical fiction is set in Saint-Malo, France during Nazi occupation in WWII.  Jocelyn and Antoine are married; she works at the library and he has gone to war.  When the Nazi’s turn the city into a fortress, the German commander orders that part of the city’s libraries be purged in order to control any subversive writings.  Jocelyn is determined to save and hide as many of these books as possible.  Through letters written by Jocelyn we learn of her mission to protect these books and fight back against the Germans in any way she can, I think this can be best described as part epistolary novel/part romance/part history lesson.  There have been so many good books published in the last while about libraries and I have definitely added this one to my TBR (to be read list).

So these are a few of the books that I am looking forward to being published in the next couple of months. Let me know what books are you looking forward to getting your hands on in the next while?

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