That went quickly.

Just in case you missed them this summer, here is a list of 20 popular, debut novels from that hit the shelves this summer.

Debuts

by Cybil, first appearing in Goodreads Blog on August, 22

Click here to read the original article.

Over the last few months, a new class of bright voices has arrived in bookstores. And now’s the perfect time to catch up on these rising literary stars.

Below you’ll find 20 debut novels—both adult fiction and YA—that hit bookshelves from May to August, capturing the attention of our readers. From a young girl who tries to escape an abusive survivalist father (My Absolute Darling), to a riveting tale of Lizzie Borden (See What I Have Done), to the aftermath of a teen’s murder (Girl in Snow), these books will take you from summer to fall.

Debut Adult Fiction

Goodbye, Vitamin

What We Lose

See What I Have Done

My Absolute Darling

Stay with Me

Girl in Snow

The Windfall

Sour Heart

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Chemistry

The Leavers

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Debut Young Adult Fiction

Wicked Like a Wildfire

Daughter of the Burning City

Words on Bathroom Walls

The Color Project

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

One of Us Is Lying

When Dimple Met Rishi

Royal Bastards

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8 Fresh Mystery Books for Agatha Christie Fans to Read Now

Signature Reads by Keith Rice

decanting a murderFew if any authors have done more for the popularity of the detective/mystery genre than Agatha Christie. She is the bestselling novelist of all time and her most famous creations, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, are among the most recognized literary detectives in all of fiction. The tightly wound structure of her mystery novels, as well as her intricate and clever plotting, set the stage in many ways for the modern detective mystery. A host of talented writers have flourished in Agatha Christie’s considerable wake. If you’re a fan of the Queen of the Crime and looking for something a bit more contemporary to sate your thirst for a cold-blooded mystery, these novels – all published in the last year or so – more than fit the bill and would likely do Dame Christie proud.

 

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Genre Friday – Pastiche

We continue to stretch (and occasionally ignore) the definition of “genre” here on Genre Friday. This time around we’re dealing not with a “genre” that is tied together by similar form, or theme, or subject, but by what it is attempting to do instead. That’s right, it’s pastiche time.

First, it’s pronounced pa’ steesh.

Second, it’s sort of like that saying that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. Unlike parody, that imitates something in order to poke fun at it, pastiche imitates something to honor it or to bring it to life for a new generation. The results of such an attempt can be light-hearted, even flippant, but it is still generally respectful of the original material. It is done as much out of admiration for the original art or artist (and it can be applied to any art form – painting, films, music, literature, etc.) as anything else.

It’s actually a really nice idea if you think about it.

House of Silk

“Hey, Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Raymond Chandler, James Joyce, Agatha Christie, and so on, and so on, I am really picking up what you’re putting down. I want to be like you when I grow up.”

Sometimes the new work is only loosely related to the original (think West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet). Sometimes it is an off-shoot or continuation of a pre-existing story or set of stories. Anthony Horowitz’s The House of Silk, for example, is an authorized continuation of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Alexandra Ripley’s Scarlett, however, is not an official sequel to Gone with the Wind, but still pays homage to the original source in its style and subject, not to mention main character.

Plus, once you get the hang of it, it’s kind of fun to say. Pastiche.

 

Best Sellers – Dog Days of Summer Edition

Why do they call it that? My dog hates this time of year.

NYT Combined Print & eBook Fiction

  1. THE LATE SHOW by Michael Connelly

Late ShowIntroducing a new series starring a driven young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD. Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood. A once up-and-coming detective, she’s been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. Each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives to finish and take credit for. Until she is given two cases that she can’t just give up at dawn. Against orders and her own partner’s wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. As the cases entwine they pull her closer to her own demons and make her more determined than ever to hang on to her job no matter what the department throws at her.

  1. THE WHISTLER by John Grisham
  2. WILDFIRE by Ilona Andrews (NEW)
  3. CAMINO ISLAND by John Grisham
  4. HOUSE OF SPIES by Daniel Silva
  5. READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline (NEW)
  6. PARADISE VALLEY by C.J. Box (NEW)
  7. THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by Ruth Ware
  8. THE LYING GAME by Ruth Ware (NEW)
  9. THE MOORES ARE MISSING by James Patterson and others (NEW)

The Better Angels of Our Nature

The New York Times/Sketchbook/Graphic Review/By Anders NilsenJune 22, 2017

A graphic review of Steven Pinker’s book about the dramatic decline of violence in human affairs over history.

Better AngelsAnders Nilsen is the author of the graphic novels Big Questions, Rage of Poseidon and the forthcoming Tongues.

14 Favorite Book Sidekicks to Celebrate on Dr. Watson’s Birthday

Goodreads Blog: Posted by Hayley Igarashi on July 07, 2017

BudsToday is the birthday of one of literature’s most beloved and long-suffering sidekicks, Dr. John Watson. A war veteran as well as an accomplished writer and detective, Watson gives Sherlock Holmes much-needed backup and friendship, all while enduring less-than-complimentary observations about his character. “You have a grand gift for silence, Watson,” Sherlock says at one point. “It makes you quite invaluable as a companion.”

To celebrate the good doctor’s birthday, [goodreads.com] asked you on Facebook and Twitter to share your favorite book sidekicks. Check out some of the most popular answers below and add your own in the comments!

Sherlock1. Dr. John Watson
Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books and stories

Sherlock’s friend, roommate, biographer, crime-solving partner and on-hand physician

 

Harry Potter2. Ron and Hermione
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books

Harry’s fellow Gryffindors, friends, partners in managing mischief, frequent rescuers (especially Hermione) and family

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