Top Ten UK Books for April 2017

It’s another exceptionally strong list this month – 2017 really is shaping up to be quite a year! Our top pick is a book that we’re passionate about here at NetGalley UK: Jon McGregor’s Reservoir 13. We can’t recommend it highly enough. We’re also especially excited about the return of Hari Kunzru, an unexpected memoir from Richard Beard, and one of the hottest thrillers of the year, He Said/She Said. Enjoy!

BOOK OF THE MONTH

Reservoir 13
Jon McGregor
4th Estate
UK Edition

The author of Even the Dogs and If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, returns with a shattering, exceptionally written novel that is destined to be one of the most celebrated works of fiction this year.

Amongst the moorland and farmsteads of a rural town in the heart of England, a teenage girl suddenly disappears. The town is soon the focus of the country’s media, search parties sweeping every inch of the vicinity, hoping to find evidence of her survival. But as the months go by, the town must return to their normal lives, changed and unchanged by the tragic loss of the visiting girl.

Jon McGregor’s portrait of a community in the aftermath of events that bind them all is tender, devastating and written in sentences that reverberate with love, desire, fear and hope. By the novel’s close, it feels like you have lived the lives of the wide cast of characters, and taken your place amongst them.

Reservoir 13 is that rare bird: a novel of exceptional verve and style that has heart, soul and a deep understanding of humanity in the face of adversity. Powerful and moving, this is a British classic.

White Tears
Hari Kunzru
Hamish Hamilton
UK Edition

Hari Kunzru has long been one of our most inventive and innovative writers, and this long-awaited new novel is his finest work to date. Seth and Carter are two twenty-something music obsessives. But their passion leads them down a dangerous road – an old blues song the catalyst that will force them to confront ghosts real and imagined. This is an explosive, brilliantly conceived novel of America now and then, and a book that revels in its incandescent and luminous intelligence.

He Said/She Said
Erin Kelly
Hodder & Stoughton
UK Edition

Already causing a storm with NetGalley members, He Said/She Said is a controversial, brilliantly paced and plotted thriller that asks what – and who – do you really trust? In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura and Kit interrupt something awful. Laura is sure about what happened. Later, in a panic, she tells a little white lie – and four lives are changed irreparably. As the next eclipse draws near, Laura must confront the fallout from what she saw in the darkness…

The Day that Went Missing
Richard Beard
Harvil Secker
UK Edition

Richard Beard’s family memoir will be one of the most moving, shocking and surprising books you read this year. In his trademark elegant prose, he describes the moment that changed his life: the death by drowning of his brother while on holiday. Incredibly the family return immediately to the same cottage – to complete the holiday. They soon stop speaking of the catastrophe. Their epic act of collective denial writes Nicky out of the family memory. This is the book that brings him back.

Naondel
Maria Turtschaninoff
Pushkin Children's Books
UK Edition

This is a spectacular, dark and utterly spellbinding fantasy from one of our most exciting and talented new writers. Already acclaimed by the Bookseller as ‘an unforgettable feminist epic,’ Naondel takes us deep into the opulent palace of Ohaddin, where women have one purpose – to obey. Some were brought here as girls, captured and enslaved; some as servants; some as wives. All of them must do what the Master tells them, for he wields a deadly and secret power. A truly visionary novel.

The Impossible Fortress
Jason Rekulak
Faber & Faber
UK Edition

If you’ve watched Stranger Things and feel nostalgia for the films of the 1980s, this touching coming-of-age tale is the book for you. It’s 1987. Billy Marvin and his friends Alf and Clark see that Wheel of Fortune presenter Vanna White is on the cover of Playboy. They know that if they can get hold of the magazine, everything will change. As they set out on their mission to find the most wanted images in America, they’re blissfully unaware of the dangers, dramas and garbage dumpsters that lie ahead…

The Forever Court
Dave Rudden
Puffin
UK Edition

In a NetGalley exclusive edition, read the first and second books in the award-winning Knights of the Borrowed Dark series! Denizen Hardwick doesn’t believe in magic, that is until he’s ambushed by a monster created from shadows and sees it destroyed by a word made of sunlight. In The Forever Court, Denizen is getting used to his new world, battling monsters in quiet Dublin bookshops, and mastering his new magical powers. Read with caution, for once you begin, you may never trust a bookseller again.

Lost for Words
Stephanie Butland
Zaffre
UK Edition

An intriguing and unusual love story of mystery, redemption and the very best books. Spiky, sardonic, and reclusive Loveday Cardew has as many secrets as she does tattoos of famous lines from books. Finding refuge in an enchanting bookstore, she thinks the past is just that. Then a performance poet walks into her life, and mysterious packages begin arriving for her. Someone is trying to send Loveday a message, and she can’t hide any longer.

Ashes to Ashes
Paul Finch
Avon
UK Edition

DS Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg is one of the best new cops on the beat, and Ashes to Ashes is his latest – and possibly most brutal – case. A lone killer with a taste for fire is on the loose, his victims chosen at random and then burned alive. But that is only the beginning. John Sagan, a torturer for hire, is also at large – and Heck must return to his hometown of Bradburn – a place he vowed never to set foot in again – to put an end to Sagan’s reign of terror.

Generation Decks
Titus Chalk
Rebellion
UK Edition

It was the game that changed the lives of millions in the early 1990s, made millionaires of its inventors, and changed the way people perceived gaming. Magic: The Gathering combined fiendishly complex game play with addictive collectability and redefined what it meant to be a geek. This compelling story, told with gusto by Titus Chalk, is not just the tale of how a card game devised in a Seattle basement conquered the world, but also how it birthed and empowered a generation.

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NetGalley Author Interview: Terri Blackstock

Watch our author video interview, “15 minutes with… Terri Blackstock,” now! Here, we discuss Blackstock’s If I Run series, writing in multiple genres and the inspiration behind her novels. You don’t want to miss this interview brought to you by NetGalley, Meryl Moss Media and BookTrib.com.

If I'm Found

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Pub Date: March 21, 2017
Mystery & Thrillers, Christian
Published by Zondervan Fiction

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Is Dylan hunting Casey to prosecute her or protect her?

Casey Cox is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn’t commit. Dylan Roberts—her most relentless pursuer—is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist that he knows the truth and wants to help her. He’s let her escape before when he had her in his grasp, but trust doesn’t come easily.

As Casey works to collect evidence about the real murderers, she stumbles on another unbearable injustice: an abused child and a suicidal man who’s also been falsely accused. Casey risks her own safety to right this wrong and protect the little girl from her tormenters. But doing so is risky and just may result in her capture—and if she’s captured, she has no doubt she’ll be murdered before she ever steps foot in a jail.

In this riveting sequel to the USA Today bestseller If I Run, evil lurks, drawing Casey out of the shadows . . . but there is light shining in the darkness. Is Dylan a provision from the God who loves her, or another heartache yet to happen?

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Cover Love

We’ve rounded up covers we love, and we hope you will too. We’ve also gathered all of your cover votes from this month, and your most loved cover is…Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller!

Click on each cover to read the full description, request (or wish for) the title, and “Like” the cover if you haven’t already. If you’ve read these titles, don’t forget to share feedback with the publisher and with your friends and followers.

Tell us in the comments below, which covers you’re loving right now, and they could be included in next month’s Cover Love!

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Bookish Valentines for Your Literary Sweetheart

*Brought to you by Bookish (a NetGalley sister company)!

Can’t find the words to express your love to your bookish valentine? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are ten Valentine’s Day cards that will make the literature lover in your life swoon.

Inspired by Homer’s The Odyssey.

Inspired by Sarah Crossan‘s One.

Inspired by Michael Chabon’s Moonglow.

Inspired by V.E. Schwab‘s A Gathering of Shadows.

Inspired by Beverly Jenkins’ Forbidden.

Inspired by W.H. Auden’s “Funeral Blues.”

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NetGalley Author Interview: Cara Putman

From veteran author Cara Putman, Beyond Justice weaves a tale of mystery and suspense as up-and-coming lawyer Hayden McCarthy takes on the government in a controversial wrongful death case.

Beyond Justice

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Pub Date: April 4, 2017
Mystery & Thrillers, Christian
Published by Thomas Nelson - Fiction

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Hayden McCarthy is on track to become the youngest partner in her prestigious D.C. law firm . . . if the case she’s just been handed doesn’t destroy her first.

Hayden McCarthy knows firsthand the pain when justice is not served. It’s why she became an attorney and why she’s so driven in her career. When she’s handed a wrongful death case against the government, she isn’t sure if it’s the lucky break she needs to secure a partnership-or an attempt to make sure she never gets there. She keeps the case alive through sheer determination and more than a little creativity, but then she’s fired by a partner with a vendetta.

Further complicating matters, Hayden keeps finding herself completely distracted by Andrew, her roommate’s cousin. But his father is a Congressman and she’s currently taking on the government. Could the timing be any worse?

The longer she keeps the case active, the higher the stakes become. Unknown enemies seem determined to see either the case-or her-die. Should she fight alone for the dead young man by launching her own unfinanced firm, or abandon the case in order to save her own life?

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LibraryReads List

March 2017

LibraryReads has announced the top ten books available in March that librarians across the country love. You can request or wish for the featured titles below on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the LibraryReads site.

If you are a librarian, you can nominate titles for the LibraryReads list via NetGalley – learn more here!

Additional LibraryReads titles:

The Women in the Castle: A Novel by Jessica Shattuck
(William Morrow • 9780062563668)

The Hearts of Men: A Novel by Nickolas Butler
(Ecco • 9780062469687)

Eggshells by Caitriona Lally
(Melville House • 9781612195971)

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Indie Next List

March edition

The American Booksellers Association has announced the selections for the March Indie Next list, drawn from the recommendations of indie booksellers throughout the US. You can request many of these titles on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the ABA site

If you are a bookseller, you can nominate titles for the Indie Next list via NetGalley, and receive special access to new galleys via the Digital White Box program. Sign up today!

 

Additional Indie Next titles:

Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead Books • 9780735212176)

A Piece of the World: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline (William Morrow • 9780062356260)

The Hearts of Men: A Novel by Nickolas Butler (Ecco • 9780062469687)

Eggshells: A Novel by Caitriona Lally (Melville House • 9781612195971)

White Tears: A Novel by Hari Kunzru (Knopf • 9780451493699)

WHEREAS: Poems by Layli Long Soldier (Graywolf Press • 9781555977672)

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Librarians' Choice: top 10

Librarians’ Choice has announced the Top 10 titles for February 2017 that librarians across Australia love. You can request or wish for the featured titles below on NetGalley right now, and view more information on the Librarians’ Choice site.

If you are a librarian in Australia, you can nominate titles for the Librarians’ Choice list via NetGalley!

Additional Librarians’ Choice Titles:

To the Sea by Christina Dibley
(Pan Macmillan • 9781743547441)

The Capsule Wardrobe by Wendy Mak
(Black Inc books • 9781863958950)

Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly (Sean Duffy 6) by Adrian McKinty
(Allen & Unwin • 9781781256923)

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Top Ten Books from the UK – March 2017

It’s another exciting month with ten varied choices from all of March’s top titles. There are welcome returns for Nina George, author of The Little Paris Bookshop; Mohsin Hamid, author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, as well as the very last instalment in the Geek Girl series. We also have some incredible new discoveries, including our book of the month, the brilliant Stay with Me, and the mind-bending Fever Dream. Enjoy!

BOOK OF THE MONTH

Stay With Me
Ayobami Adebayo
Canongate
UK Edition

Already a favourite with NetGalley members, Stay with Me is a heart-breaking, compelling and engrossing tale of family, desire, marriage and the power of love.

Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. It is all her husband wants, all her mother in-law wants, and she has tried everything – arduous pilgrimages, medical consultations, dances with prophets, appeals to God. But when her in-laws insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. It will lead to jealousy, betrayal and despair.

Set amongst the social and political turbulence of 80s Nigeria, this is an exceptional, richly emotional debut, exploring all aspects of the bonds of love.

 

Fever Dream
Samantha Schweblin
Oneworld Publications
UK Edition

Unlike anything you’re likely to read this year, Fever Dream is the first novel from the highly acclaimed Argentinian writer Samantha Schweblin – and it is a stunning work of the imagination. The premise is simple: a terminally ill woman tells the story of her recent life to a boy called David. It is the beginning of terrifying and deeply unsettling journey into maternal love and the strange nature of identity. Once read, never forgotten.

The Little Breton Bistro
Nina George
Abacus
UK Edition

The Little Paris Bookshop is one of the most treasured of recent novels, a huge seller with a huge heart. The Little Breton Bistro is another slice of French delight, a perfect blend of romance, gastronomy and je ne sais quoi. Marianne Messman longs to escape her loveless marriage, and after a failed suicide attempt, flees to a tiny Breton port, where she finds the perfect bistro – but will she find the perfect partner?

The Last Act of Hettie Hoffman
Mindy Meija
Quercus
UK edition

A cleverly structured thriller, viewed from three different perspectives, The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman is a fresh and inventive take on the small town with secrets mystery. Mindy Meija’s debut follows the aftermath of the brutal murder of Hattie Hoffman, a young woman loved by all, and known by none. Local sheriff Del Goodman vows to find her killer, but the investigation yields more secrets than answers.

The Really Quite Good British Cookbook
Edited by William Sitwell
Nourish
World Edition

This is the perfect premise for a cookbook: assemble the very best food writers around – Nigella Lawson, Rick Stein, Yotam Ottolenghi, Jamie Oliver Gordon Ramsay, Delia Smith, Nigel Slater, Thomasina Miers, Mark Hix and Claudia Roden to name just a few – and ask them one question: what do you cook for the people you love? Their responses are a treasure trove of lip-smacking recipes, all published in one sumptuous volume. 

Forever Geek
Holly Smale
HarperCollins Children's Books
UK Edition

The last ever Geek Girl book brings the series to a dramatic close, with Harriet Manners on an epic journey to Australia. On the trip of a lifetime Down Under, Harriet’s completely unprepared to see supermodel ex, Nick. With early-not-quite-boyfriend Jasper back home, is the fashion world about to turn ugly? It’s time for Harriet to face the future. Time to work out where her heart lies. To learn how to let go. A truly epic finale!

Exit West
Mohsin Hamid
Hamish Hamilton
UK Edition

From one of the most singular and extraordinary voices of our time, comes a story of love, hope and war. Saeed and Nadia share a cup of coffee, and their love story begins. Before too long, they will need to leave their homeland. They will join the great outpouring of those fleeing a collapsing city, hoping against hope, looking for their place in the world. A vital piece of storytelling from the masterly author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

Hoffer
Tim Glencross
John Murray Press
UK Edition

Tim Glencross’s first novel, Barbarians, was widely lauded as a scabrous, devilishly funny satire of the world in which we live now. In this follow up, we are once again thrown into the murky world of the super-rich elite – this time with Hoffer as our guide, an establishment man with money worries and a past full of secrets – some of which are now coming back to haunt him. Perfectly constructed and elegantly written, this is a superior thriller.

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
Balli Kaur Jaswal
HarperFiction
UK Edition

Nikki’s dreams of emancipating the women from the community she left behind as a teenager through a creative writing class look at first to be doomed. The women are barely literate, and do not seem to share her zeal for change. But as they begin to open up to one another, and share the stories of their lives, something seems to be stirring. But not everyone is happy with the results. Funny, touching and thought-provoking, this is a timely novel of crossed-cultures. 

Tattletale
Sarah J Naughton
Trapeze
UK Edition
AU Edition

With so many twists and devastating implications, Tattletale is one of the most compelling and unputdownable thrillers you’ll read this year. Jody is haunted by her memories and unable to trust anyone. Then she meets Abe, the perfect stranger next door and suddenly life seems full of possibility. Then Abe mysteriously ends up in hospital. Abe’s estranged sister Mags meets Jody and gradually begins to wonder whether all she says is true…

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Reader Spotlight

Blog name: The Fairview Review
Blog URL: http://fveslibrary.blogspot.com
Your name: Suzanne Costner

A nice place to start is with your library origin story – how did become the school library media specialist at Fairview Elementary School? Can you briefly explain your role and your favorite aspect of your job?

I have always wanted to be a librarian, and after several years as a classroom teacher, I realized that my favorite activities all revolved around the books I used with my students. So I completed my LMS degree and moved into the library. I had a wonderful mentor in the school where I was teaching, and she helped me with the transition to the nearby school where I am now librarian. I teach a library class for each homeroom once a week, and also have classes schedule extra time to come in for research or other projects. My favorite part of the job is connecting my students with the right books and watching them become avid readers.

How is technology incorporated into your library, for your students but also for yourself and your staff? Do you have any goals for incorporating further technology into your library?

I began the blog as a way to incorporate more technology into the library program. I wanted to offer the students an authentic audience to share book reviews, rather than just writing a book report for the teacher to check off in the gradebook. I’ve had a few students take advantage of the platform, but most are more excited about reading the books rather than writing about them. I’ve slowly been adding MakerSpace activities to the library, and the most popular so far is the green screen. Our plan is to record student book talks, then attach QR codes to the covers of books for other students to access the videos.

I serve as a “tech teacher leader” for my school. Part of the role is to model technology integration for the other teachers, and to offer support as they try to implement new things. We have used the Quiver AR app and Plickers in guidance classes, robotics and computer coding in the library, and apps like Epic! ebooks and Quizlet in classrooms. The big focus lately has been the green screen. I’ve used it to record voter public service announcements with the 5th graders; the 4th grade has recorded math instructional videos on how to solve word problems and also infomercials starring the founding fathers of the original 13 colonies; the basketball teams even came in and made an appreciation video to show the coach at their banquet. I lead training sessions on using online resources, STEM lessons, and equipment like the green screen or document cameras.

Which book(s) would you suggest for a middle grade level reluctant reader?

There are so many great stories that are not thick, intimidating books, so I usually start with those. Series like The Zack Files, Eerie Elementary, or The Imaginary Veterinary are fast-paced and include lots of humor to up their appeal. I also reach for anything that is heavily illustrated or in graphic novel/manga format such as the Dragon Breath, Babymouse, and Amulet series or anything by Doug TenNapel (Cardboard is a big favorite). And then I look for topics that appeal to the students like the I Survived books. Once I find one book they enjoy, it is much easier to say, “If you liked that, then try this.”

How long have you been reviewing books online and why did you start? Do you find reviewing the books helps you better recommend them to students?

I began the blog in June 2013, as something to offer the students in place of writing book summaries or taking AR tests. I wrote out some reviews to show them a sample of what they might do, and became hooked on it. I have always read children’s and YA books to be able to find new titles to use in my classroom or to add to the library, so sharing my thoughts about them was a natural progression. Reviewing definitely helps me think of which student(s) a certain book would be perfect for. It has become a ritual when they come up to the circulation desk, they ask me which of the books in their stack I have already read. And there are several students who come in the door and call across the room, “What should I read next?”

Do you have a favorite moment when you provided someone with a book?

My first year in the library I had a family come in for the book fair on a Friday afternoon and the father asked me to help his son find a book. “He hasn’t found anything that he likes since he finished the Harry Potter series,” the dad said. So I showed them The Lightning Thief and told them to take it home and try it over the weekend, and if he didn’t enjoy it, I would exchange it for something else. Monday morning both parents came in and I asked if their son had started the book and did he think he would like it. The mother replied,” Start it! He read the whole thing in one sitting and we’re back for the rest of the series!” And I thought to myself, “The library is where I belong.”

Which upcoming Middle Grade book(s) on NetGalley are you the most excited about recommending?

Oh, I’m glad you put that (s) on book, because there is no way to pick only one. For fantasy readers I would say Jen Calonita’s Tricked (Fairy Tale Reform School #3). For graphic novel lovers, Gene Luen Yang’s Secrets and Sequences from the Secret Coders series (coding, robots, and graphic novel format all together). If readers enjoy humorous fiction with action, then The Matchstick Castle by Keir Graff. And for a bit of suspense/supernatural elements I would say Journey’s End by Rachel Hawkins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lightning Round!

The last book that made you smile:

 

 

The Dragon Hunters by James Russell and Link Choi

 

 

Your favorite Storytime book to read:

Anything by Mo Willems. We Are in a Book (with Elephant and Piggie so excited to be the characters in a story), is a great one. My students also love Double Trouble in Walla Walla by Andrew Clements. I think they like listening to me try to read it without getting tongue-tied.

The most popular books in your library right now:

I Survived series, A Series of Unfortunate Events (thanks to the Netflix series), Secret Coders series, and spooky books by Mary Downing Hahn.

And to finish off our interview, if you could have coffee (…or something stiffer) with any author, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?

I would love to have tea with Anne McCaffrey and talk dragons with her. I periodically go back and read through all the Pern books and remember when I found the first one while I was in middle school. She wrote such a wide range of science fiction/fantasy and I love all the various worlds she imagined and shared with us.

Thanks so much Suzanne, for spending time with us and answering our questions!
Please make sure to check out the The Fairview Review and more Middle Grade available on NetGalley! 

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