Looking forward to these Fall Winter 2015 books

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I haven’t had much time to read recently because I’ve been busy starting up a new business but one of the things that I learned in the process is how to create and distribute a newsletter so if you’re interested in getting updates when new posts go up izzyreads.com, here’s where to get a free newsletter from this blog. You’ll get an email when new blog posts go up and you can unsubscribe anytime in the unlikely event I update the blog too frequently!

One thing I did get around to reading in the last few weeks was the Publishers Lunch Buzz Books 2015 Fall/Winter guide and, boy am I glad I took the time. It’s a guide to forthcoming books from various publishers and I’m excited to see that some of my favourite authors have new books on the way. Two well-known Irish authors feature in Fall/Winter catalogue —John Banville has a new novel called The Blue Guitar and Colum McCann has a novella and three short stories on the way in a work entitled Thirteen Ways of Looking.

The Fall Winter 2015 books catalogue mentions works by a number of debut authors and one that caught my eye, based on an excerpt of her forthcoming book is Susan Barker. I can’t wait to get my hands on The Incarnations which is about a Beijing taxi driver haunted by his previous incarnations.

I’m also looking forward to Umberto Eco’s new historical thriller. It’s a long time since I last read Eco but I remember enjoying The Name of the Rose so Numero Zero is near the top of my TBR list.

Crime fiction is an interest I share with my sister and a couple of her favourite authors whose new works will make their way into our family Kindle collection are Ian Rankin’s short story collection, The Beat Goes On, Tess Gerritsen’s Playing with Fire, Ruth Rendell’s Dark Corners and the David Lagercrantz title The Girl in the Spider’s Web which continues Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series. There’s also a new Elizabeth George Inspector Lynley mystery on the way called A Banquet of Consequences.

On the non-fiction side, I’ll be keeping an eye out for Sonia Purnell’s biography of Winston Churchill’s wife, Clementine and I’ll take a look at Amy Cuddy’s book . Presence, which is about developing confidence — something that may be helpful for me in my new venture.

Thanks to netgalley.com for the opportunity to preview so many forthcoming titles. I can’t wait to get my hands on the books!

New fiction titles that caught my eye in January 2014

Today, I want to focus on new fiction titles that have caught my eye because a couple of authors whose work I have enjoyed in the past have new titles on the shelves at the moment.

Among them is Mitch Albom whose latest novel, The First Phone Call from Heaven, is the story of Sully Harding — a single father who sets out to discover whether the phone calls that residents of a small town on Lake Michigan in the United States are receiving phone calls from the afterlife are a hoax.

I was surprised to find that Ian Rankin has new Rebus novel out at the moment as I thought that the Rebus series had ended with Exit Music which was published back in 2007 but in fact his latest title, Saints of the Shadow Bible is actually his second novel to appear since then — the other being Standing in Another Man’s Grave.

The Danish TV series Borgen opened my mind to drama and fiction from Northern Europe and a Danish author that I plan to try for the first time this year is Jussi Adler Olson who has quite a few titles in the crime/thriller genre that look promising.

For the moment, though, these new fiction titles are all on hold until I get through Donna Tartt’s fabulous old-fashioned story The Goldfinch which — at a whopping 800+ pages — could take some time!