Book Anticipation

By Jennifer K.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where all the books you want to read are all on order, or have long wait lists, or just haven’t been published yet? That’s where I am now.

So I thought I’d tell you about some of the books I’m anticipating, and why.

The Vanishing Half by Britt Benett

Let’s start with a big complicated family epic. The Vanishing Half centers around two light-skinned Black twin sisters. Raised up in the dangerous badlands of the Jim Crow South, the girls make wildly different decisions about how best to survive, and their choices have consequences for the family for generations. This looks like the best kind of immersive summertime read, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

The Last Ritual by S.A. Sidor

I like creepy horror. I like the way H.P. Lovecraft conjures an eerie sense of things unseen, too big and frightening for the human mind to grasp. I don’t like Lovecraft’s racism, and as a reader who can no longer entirely divorce the author from his works, I must turn elsewhere for my eldritch dread. This Lovecraftian new novel, about a decadent surrealist artist and the supernatural havoc he wreaks, looks like great fun. I believe it comes out in November.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Call me a cynic, but weddings bring out the worst in some people. Old jealousies and resentments that people normally leave buried somehow rise to the surface. This thriller is about a wedding where everyone is sequestered on a remote island, which I think must be the most horrible idea I’ve ever heard. Is it any wonder that someone turns up dead? A modern mystery novel that looks like its got lots of Agatha Christie in its genes? I’m all for that.

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

This book caught my eye because it’s getting very good reviews. It stars a young woman who is low-status in her puritanical society due to her birth and race. But her despised legacy may actually be the key to saving Bethel from a series of magical plagues. As she comes into her power, will she find a family that treasures her for who she is? I don’t know; I sure hope so. Looking forward to finding out.

Deal With the Devil by Kit Rocha

Book One of the Mercenary Librarians series … Do I really need to say anything else? Okay, how about this: Kit Rocha consistently delivers great fast-paced genre-blending fantasy/sci-fi/action/romance novels, featuring empowered heroines and lots of sex. Not everyone’s cup of tea, perhaps, but Deal With the Devil sure looks like mine.


What books are you looking forward to? Tell us in the comments!


2 responses to “Book Anticipation”

  1. Gloria says:

    My book anticipation story is a sad, but true. I was in a book group started by a dear friend. She and I were the only ones who loved Tea Obreht’s Tiger’s Wife which the group happened to read pretty shortly after it was out. We had read that the author was working on another novel, so my friend and I began to check regularly to see if her novel was out. Well, that turned into a long time of checking as it was nine years before her second novel was released. When I finally saw that the new one had become available, I could not help myself from immediately thinking that I have to tell my friend! However, my friend had died 8 months prior, but our joint anticipation was so strong that I forgot for a moment that she was gone.

  2. Sheryl says:

    I was totally engrossed by David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, and somewhat grossed out by his book Bone Clocks, though it was still fascinating. I’m on the wait list for his new book, Utopia Avenue, about a fictional British band from the 1960’s. Knowing his intriguing and convoluted style of creating plots, I can’t wait to see what he does with this book!

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