One of of my reading resolutions this year has been to get through more of the books I already have on my shelves and Kindle. I have been making some slow and steady progress recently but, as always, I still have my eye on the latest books. Here are a few I am particularly looking forward to which have not yet been published:
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
I really enjoyed ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling‘ which is the first Cormoran Strike book by Robert Galbraith/J. K. Rowling. Due out in June, the next volume sees Strike investigate the brutal murder of a novelist called Owen Quine.
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
Michel Faber was one of my favourite new discoveries last year. Not only that, but his novels ‘The Crimson Petal and the White‘ and ‘Under the Skin‘ could not have been more different and I am looking forward to reading Faber’s latest novel about a Christian missionary which is expected to be published around November.
Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
Like Michel Faber, the two novels I have read by Donoghue ‘Room‘ and ‘The Sealed Letter‘ could not have been more different. ‘Frog Music’ is set in San Francisco during the 19th century and is about an unsolved murder. The book will be published at the end of this month.
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
One of my favourite authors has a new novel out in September. After writing three novels set during the Victorian era and two set during the 1940s, Sarah Waters turns to London in the 1920s where a widow and her spinster daughter are obliged to take in lodgers.
Boyhood Island by Karl Ove Knausgaard
The third volume in Knausgaard’s My Struggle cycle is due out this month. After the harrowing ‘A Death in the Family‘ and the marginally less intense ‘A Man in Love‘, ‘Boyhood Island’ sees Knausgaard turn to his childhood in the non-linear series of autobiographical novels.
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel
It looks as though the final volume of Mantel’s trilogy of historical novels about the life of Thomas Cromwell won’t be appearing in bookshops any time soon. However, a new collection of what appears to be more contemporary short stories will be published in September.
Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
I haven’t read any Murakami since devouring all three volumes of ‘1Q84‘ when I finished my undergraduate degree in 2012. Due out in September, ‘Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of Pilgrimage’ is considerably shorter than Murakami’s most recent work but there is little doubt that the story will be as wonderfully weird as the title.
Elite Fighting Forces by Jesse Armstrong
Not much is known about the debut novel by the co-creator of ‘Peep Show’ which is expected to be published in September. It has been described in The Guardian as a story about “a group of idealistic young people (who) try to stop the war in Bosnia through the power of theatre”. Sounds like quite a departure from Jez and Mark’s flat in Croydon.
What have you been reading recently? Which book releases are you looking forward to the most?