Found some great newly released titles while browsing the shelves over at the Queen Anne Book Company. Keep an eye out for them at your favorite local bookstore or library!

Here I Am, by Jonathan Safran Foer


Mischling, by Affinity Konar


The Summer That Everything Melted, by Tiffany McDaniel


The Risen, by Ron Rash


The Nix, by Nathan Hill



Forthcoming Books in 2016 (May-August) for the To-Read List

Here are six more new books to make sure you keep an eye out for as you walk the shelves at your favorite local reading spots:



Imagine Me Gone, by Adam Haslett – 05/03/16


Girls on Fire, by Robin Wasserman – 05/13/16


Barkskins, by Annie Proulx – 06/14/16


The Girls, by Emma Cline – 06/14/16


Here Comes the Sun, by Nicole Dennis-Benn – 07/19/16


Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue – 08/23/16

Forthcoming Books in 2016 (January-April) for the To-Read List

Here are seven highly anticipated new and forthcoming books to keep an eye out for in your local libraries or bookstores:



A Hard and Heavy Thing, by Matthew Hefti – 01/01/16


The Book of Memory, by Petina Gappah – 02/02/16

Why We Came to the City, by Kristopher Jansma – 02/16/16

And After Many Days, by Jowhor Ile, – 02/16/16

Why They Run the Way They Do, by Susan Perabo – 02/16/16


What Is Your Is Not Yours: Stories, by Helen Oyeyemi – 03/08/16

Daredevils, by Shawn Vestal – 04/12/16

A Year in Reading Part 2

2015 Notables

There were so many well-crafted works of nonfiction published this year, and while I still have more on my To-Read List than I was able to check off, there were several that truly stood out and had me returning to flip through the pages. Each offered a glimpse into the complexity of the human experience, and presented vibrant and captivating voices that drove the narrative forward. Keep an eye out for each of them in your local bookstores or on that Best Hits shelf at your public library. I offer them below in order or release.

It’s What I Do, by Lynsey Addario, February 02, 2015 –


Discontent and Its Civilizations, by Mohsin Hamid, February 24, 2015 –


Love and Other Ways of Dying: Essays, by Michael Paterniti, March 03, 2015 –


American Warlord, by Johnny Dwyer, April 07, 2015


Recipes for a Beautiful Life, By Rebecca Barry, April 07, 2015 –


The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, by Meghan Daum, November 03, 2015 –


A Year in Reading Part 1

2015 Notables

There were so many great reads this year – from writers who are longtime favorites, to those that were recommended by fellow writers, the many I discovered while browsing bookshelves and those that drew my attention while visiting blogs or other best-hits lists. Glancing back over my records, I have spent time thinking about just ten of my own best-hits of novels published this year that continue to inspire my love of the craft and offer them below in order of release.

Almost Famous Women: Stories, by Megan Bergman, January 15, 2015 –


Single, Carefree, Mellow: Stories, by Katherine Heiny, February 03, 2015 –


Green on Blue, by Elliot Ackerman, February 17, 2015 –


Call Me Home, by Megan Kruse, March 03, 2015 –


The Tusk That Did the Damage, by Tania James, March 10, 2015 –


Girl at War, by Sarah Novic, May 12, 2015 –


I’d Walk With My Friends If I Could Find Them, by Jesse Goolsby, June 02, 2015 –


Kitchens of the Great Midwest, by J. Stradal, July 28, 2015 –


Gold Fame Citrus, by Claire Van Watkins, September 15, 2015 –


The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories, by Anthony Marra, October 06, 2015 –



Did a bit of browsing recently released titles over at Elliott Bay Books and found some great new reads to add to the last minute To-Read list for 2015. Keep an eye out for them at your local bookstores!



Quicksand, by Steve Toltz


All the Houses, by Susan Olsson


Rules for Werewolves, by Kirk Lynn


Daydreams of Angels: Stories, by Heather O’Neill


The Clasp, by Sloan Crosley




A Year in Reading In Progress

At the end of each year, editors, writers, fans and readers begin reflecting on and ticking off their favorite reads of the year. There were so many to choose from around the world, and it was exciting to see what others have been buying at the local bookstore, Looking Glass, or pulling from the new-reads shelves at the library both in town and here on campus at Eastern Oregon University. I am looking forward to going back over my own checklists for my top picks, and I will be posting them in the coming weeks.

There are of course plenty of books that I did not get to tackle this year, but they remain on the To-Read List, which I will also edit and post to keep pushing them to the top of the pile as we move into the new year.

I will also be putting together a list of recommended readings for the first part of 2016, with a list of both debut and longtime favorite writers to consider that will soon be entering the circuit.

As you go about buying books for the holidays, whether as gifts or to tackle yourselves when putting that airplane seat into barely-recline mode or getting into over a cup of coffee in the morning, think about what your favorites were, and also what you missed to read but want to pick up or borrow from friends.