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Buzz Books 2020: Spring/Summer

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A great way to survey upcoming books for the next season!  I always look forward to Buzz Books, and this issue again did not disappoint.  Too many books, too little time!
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Really great way to get an idea of what books are coming out this year. Thoroughly enjoyable with lots of books to look forward to!
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As usual I was delighted to have the opportunity to read through this preview of up coming books. I always love these. This one wasn't quite as exciting as some of the others I've read in the past, but there were still plenty of things that caught my attention.I rarely read through these in order. I usually start out by looking through the Index and reading the authors that i'm most excited about first. The first thing that caught my eye is that there is a new David Nicholls! Anyone who loved One Day will be super excited to get their hands on a copy of Sweet Sorrow. There is also a new Sue Monk Kidd (Author of The Secret Life of Bees) that sounds absolutely fascinating - Its narrated by the "Ana, wife of Jesus" and written as though it were a new book in the Bible. Those were actually the only authors that I was familiar with th is time around - usually there are a handful. That being said, it seems like this time there were a lot more previews of debut authors, which I appreciate, because I may not have known to pick some of these up otherwise. The Party Upstairs by Lee Conell looks fantastic. I love a story that has a unique writing style, or layout etc. This one all takes place in one day, which I think will make for a really interesting read. 
Look. I'm going to be honest. I don't care WHAT The Ghost Facotry is about, I'm absolutely going to read it. THAT COVER IS AMAZING.
Non fiction also looked pretty exciting this time around. The one that stuck out to me the most was Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett. First of all, he's a member of Airborne Toxic Event, so, he naturally had my attention, but also, this first peek at his memoir is HAUNTING. His childhood seems so bleak, and it is a miracle he turned into the successful human he is.
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Interesting and informative look at exciting forthcoming titles for 2020. Thank you to Netgalley for the preview.
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Thank you to the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this.  I always am very excited to see what new books are going to come out before they come out so I can plan!
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Thank you NetGalley, as well as BuzzBooks for allowing me to read this.   I did not read all of the excerpts for all of the stories because I do not read books from all of the categories .  I read Fraternity and that was one that really stood out for me.  I will be for sure reading that book when it comes out.  As times goes on, I will read more of the excerpts in there to see if there is more books that I will love.  Thank you for the opportunity.
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Wow, it's such a treat that NetGalley releases these sneak peaks into upcoming works! Here are some I'm most anticipating:

Enter The Aardvark -- Jessica Anthony
I've been hearing buzz about this one already, and the premise sounded interesting and absurd -- a politician receives an old taxidermy aardvark from a mystery sender.  The excerpt is instantly compelling and transitions beautifully between the past and the present. It's delightful to read and the characters take form super quickly. Looking forward to reading this one in its published form.

The Death Of Vivek Oji -- Akwaeke Emezi
This one is from an author I've heard good things about but never read before. The first chapter is a single sentence: "They burned down the market on the day Vivek Oji died." The writing here is unique, the author quickly begins utilizing repetition as a tool to engage the reader and pull them into the story, the characters, the stakes. This story has the potential to be truly special. I requested a full galley of this one!

The Book of Longings -- Sue Monk Kidd
This stellar award-winning author is releasing a book about the wife of Jesus, set in the first century. This one seems in the vein of a potential feminist reclaiming of biblical history, like Anita Diamant's modern classic, The Red Tent. Definitely looks interesting if you're into historical fiction, female voices, and the new testament. Seems like the kind of thing likely to end up on every book club in 2020.

Chosen Ones -- Veronica Roth
I'm one of the few people on the planet who wasn't incredibly taken by the Divergent series, but this new book sounds really interesting. In the aftermath of saving the world, five prophecy-recipients deal with what life deals them next, including a death of one of their own. Growing up loving the Animorphs book series, which also deals with five regular teenagers tasked to save the world and dealing with PTSD and death, this story has serious potential. The excerpt starts with stand-up routines, magazine articles, and other cool ways to deliver exposition in a fresh way. Plus, the main character lives in my neighborhood! Will be checking this one out.

Exciting Times -- Naoise Dolan
This debut's premise reads like a millenialized Bridget Jones' Diary and the writing is sharp, too. The excerpt is set in 2016 and introduces a snarky, self-assured, charming protagonist who has relocated from Dublin to Hong Kong. Chapter 2 begins, "I'd been sad in Dublin, decided it was Dublin's fault, and thought Hong Kong would help." This excerpt was fun to read, with a love triangle promised just around the corner. I requested a full galley of this one!

The New One -- Mike Birbiglia
First things first -- after you finish this memoir, catch his stand up special with the same name on Netflix! I saw this when he was touring and it was great! Second -- it's so refreshing to see a man's memoir about pregnancy and parenting. This excerpt demonstrates his humor, humility, and humanity. I'm pumped to read this memoir and I hope Mike Birbiglia keeps writing his thoughts down forever. 

There are many other promising offerings in this collection, among them: The Vanishing Half (Brittany Bennett), Broken People (Sam Lansky), All My Mother's Lovers (Ilana Masad), Migrations (Charlotte McConaghy), Fraternity (Benjamin Nugent), The Book of Eels (Patrik Svensson).

Thanks to NetGalley for this preview of these exciting early 2020 releases.
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I am new in reviewing ARC's and I requested this one to get information on whats coming, I really loved this as it allows me to get prepared for whats comming, I see great titles and known authors.
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Helpful for knowing some upcoming books. I appreciated the excerpts because it allowed me to preview books and decide if I wanted to keep reading the book. I loved this because one of my biggest turn off is language in books and the preview let me see that.
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Thank you for giving me this sneak peek of upcoming books!  I added an overwhelming number to my TBR—so many books I hadn't yet heard of.
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It is always a joy to read shorts or exerpts so I was excited to review the latest Buzz Books installment. The short synopsis of each book was very helpful to set the scene for each book. My disappointment was in that most exerpts where the first chapter of every book but which isn't always the best chapter to read get a reader connected to the story. Some of the chapters were enthralling and I was left with the desire to buy/borrow and read that whole book! Some I could not read fast enough just to get through them, with those first few chapters testing my patience (how they were written, not their topic) - I am not a believer in stopping what I am reading. I alway persevere even if it is not my cup of tea. And that is the beauty of an excerpt: it tests what you like and surprises you when you  like something you didn't think you would. Some of my highlights include 'The Burning', 'Hollywood Park: a memoir', 'The Socialite', and 'Sand Talk'.
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Great samples! I found some new titles I will definitely be looking into and some ill be passing on. These are wonderful collections.
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I always love these catelogues to find new authors and new to me titles for review! Thanks again Buzz Books, great selections!
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I love these books. I look forward to reading them every season. I would like to see more diversity. However, it's still a good resource for adding books to my To Read list.
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A new "Buzz Books" is always a joy! It feels like a real treat to read excerpts from so many new books, always with the anticipation that one may be your new all time favourite
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I look forward to the Buzz Books every season - my list of books to read explodes! So excited for the upcoming books!
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Thank you to NetGalley for access to Buzz Books 2020.  This book gave me some great insight into books I am looking forward to this year!
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Really excited to read so many of these books this year. This will be a great year for books. I only hope I can read as many of these as possible this year.
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A delightful preview of so many wonderful books that are coming soon! I really enjoy reading excerpts of the books and can't wait to read the full book. It is almost overwhelming how many great books are coming but knowing how much and how quickly I can read makes it makes it more exciting than overwhelming! Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to check out what is coming next!
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Solid 5 stars. Fantastic resource. It’s nice to be able to check out the covers of these upcoming books, and read the samples. It is easier to share why  I am excited about these new books with my friends/followers.  I’m excited about quite a few of these titles, and can’t wait to share them!
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