Jenerally Speaking: So Many Books, So Little Time…

Doing research for my sales calls, I spend a lot of time looking at books online that have published or are going to publish sometime in the near future.  With all the books being presented to my buyers/accounts, it is helpful to know what is out there.  Part of my job is to give them perspective on our books.  How does this compare to other books out there?  Does this fall within a genre that is currently ‘working’ at accounts?  What makes this book special?  Who is the audience for this book?

Besides helping with my job, this research adds a significant amount of books to my ‘to-read’ pile.  Based on the list below, it looks like my couch and I will be spending some quality time together.

Here are just a few of the books I can’t wait to read in 2014:

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend – Katie Finn (May 2014)

This is an AWESOME cover and title and those alone make me want to read it.  Add ‘frothy revenge novel’ to the mix and there’s a good chance I will sneak reading this at my desk when it publishes.  This sounds like a perfect summer/beach read.  And it’s a start to a trilogy so it looks like I’ll be anticipating books 2 and 3 as well!

The Geography of You and Me – Jennifer E. Smith (April 2014)

I’ve already said how much I loved The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight so reading her third book is a no brainer.  The main characters Lucy and Owen meet on an elevator when they are stranded during a citywide blackout.   They wander the darkened streets together for one night but when power is restored life for Lucy and Owen goes back to normal which includes a move to Edinburgh for Lucy and the West Coast for Owen.  Can love survive the distance?  I will be reading to find out!

This Girl – Colleen Hoover

I’m a little upset this was not on my radar as I devoured Slammed and Point of Retreat in the span of 48 hours.  I probably would have finished sooner if I didn’t have to go to work and earn a living.  That said, I cannot wait to read from Will Cooper’s perspective.  I’m especially looking forward to reading ‘the scene’ where the circumstances of Will’s job threaten to ruin their budding relationship.  If you’ve read Slammed, you know what I’m talking about.  If you haven’t, put it on your ‘to-read’ list.  You can thank me later.

Maybe Someday – Colleen Hoover (March 2014)

The descriptive copy says it is a story of friendship, betrayal and romance.  Yes, please!

What I Thought Was True – Huntley Fitzpatrick (April 2014)

Have you read her first book, My Life Next Door?  Talk about every girls dream of living next door to a swoon-worthy, lovable, adorable and available guy who just so happens to be completely smitten with you.  Growing up, I lived next door to a family who I swear were descendants of Dr. Doolittle and had no interest in speaking to their human neighbors.  On the other side of my house was a cantankerous old man who watered his lawn as if it were a religion.  Needless to say, I enjoyed living vicariously through Samantha Reed in My Life Next Door for a few hundred pages.  The author’s next book What I Thought Was True looks like another summertime hit and I am eagerly anticipating it.

Isla and the Happily Ever After – Stephanie Perkins (May 2014)

As a fan of Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, I will definitely be picking up the third and final book in this trilogy to see what happens with Isla and Josh as well as my other favorite couples.

The Chapel Wars – Lindsey Leavitt (May 2014)

Oh Lindsey Leavitt, how I love your books.  I still have a book crush on Sean Griswold.  In her latest book, the main character’s grandfather passes away and leaves her his Vegas wedding chapel.  As the bills and debts pile up, Holly is forced to seek help from Dax – the incredibly cute grandson of the rival chapel across the street.  Sounds like more than sparks will fly!

Are there any books coming in 2014 that you are excited about?  Should I add them to my pile of books?

Happy Reading!

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