Thursday, July 18, 2013

Book Buzz 2013: Fall/Winter Edition

Buzz Books 2013 Fall/Winter: Exclusive Excerpts from 40 Top New Titles
Publishers Lunch
ISBN: 9780985491079
Published May 13, 2012
Kindle Book

Fall is the greatest season in book publishing, especially with all the buzz generated by Book Expo America. Book lovers everywhere anticipate and look forward to new releases by favorite as well as new and upcoming authors. If you didn't make it to BEA, like me, then the latest edition of Buzz Books is the way to see what new titles are soon to be released. And let me tell you, there are a lot of good books coming out!!

The titles are grouped into sections for fiction, debut fiction, nonfiction and young adult. Excerpts of 40 titles are included in this book, but there is a section that previews the Fall 2013/ Winter 2014 publishing season, and I liked going through this section to discover what's soon going to stock the bookstore shelves.

The nonfiction category is the one that caught my eye the most because its new titles sparked my interest. One of the books is Malcolm Gladwell's David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. (I am currently reading Blink and enjoying it as I did Outliers.) Because I work with seniors, Knocking on Heaven's Door by Katy Butler about end-of-life care is another I would read. And as a parent I am very interested in how childhood and family relationships are affected in the digital age, a topic explored by Catherine Steiner-Adair and Theresa Barker in The Big Disconnect. There are also some foodie books that looked good.

The highly anticipated memoir I am Malala by 15 year-old Malala Yousafszai, who for years wrote an anonymous blog on life under the Taliban rule, tells her story of her determination and courage in the face of a restrictive society. This one I definitely want to read, perhaps even with my tween daughter. The Priority List by David Menasche is another one that's thought-provoking about a teacher with terminal brain cancer who travels across the country asking his students, "what if you could make a difference?"

As for YA, there are a few trilogies coming to an end with the publication of their third book, such as Champion by Marie Lu (Legend Trilogy) and Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Divergent Trilogy). I have to get going on reading these trilogies! The futuristic thriller Entangled by Amy Rose Capetta sounds good too.

Most of the books I listed here are not in this book as excerpts, except for Entangled. With so many new titles being released it would be difficult to include all the excerpts of the 100+ forthcoming books mentioned in this resource. Also at the end of most excerpts, you will find a link to the full galley on NetGalley. 

This is the third edition of Buzz Books. It's free on Kindle and worth looking through if you want in on the buzz of this fall and winter new releases.

Note: This book is rated C = clean read as a reference book only. I cannot vouch that all the book excerpts in this book are clean reads.

Reviewed by Laura

Disclosure: Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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