Buzz Books 2020: Spring/Summer
by Publishers Lunch
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 16 Jan 2020 | Archive Date 13 May 2020
Winter Institute In A Book
As booksellers gather for the annual Winter Institute convention, where they get to meet the season’s big authors and hope to cart home pre-publication review copies, Buzz Books 2020 presents passionate readers with some of the same insider’s look at 44 books on the way. At the end of most excerpts, you will find a link to the full galley on NetGalley! [Note our previously standalone young adult edition is now folded in to this edition, along with adult fiction and nonfiction.]
Our “digital convention” features such major authors as bestsellers Brit Bennett, Sue Monk Kidd, and David Nicholls, along with Veronica Roth, of Divergent fame, with her first adult novel. Other sure-to-be popular titles are by Amy Engel, Debra Jo Immergut, Anna Solomon, and Ellen Marie Wiseman.
Buzz Books has had a particularly stellar track record with highlighting the most talented, exciting debut authors. A legal thriller by Erica Katz has already been optioned by Netflix, and novels by Naoise Dolan and Kate Reed Petty were sold at auction. Kawai Strong Washburn has literary bona fides, as does Raven Leilani, Benjamin Nugent, and Ilana Masad.
Our nonfiction selections range from comedian Mike Birbiglia’s account of becoming a father to transgender activist and author Jennifer Finney Boylan’s Good Boy: My Life In Seven Dogs. Benjamin Taylor shares his friendship with Philip Roth in Here We Are.
Finally, we present early looks at new work from four up-and-coming young adult authors: Laura Bates, Brandy Colbert, Kim Johnson, and Court Stevens.
And be sure to look for the next Buzz Books 2020: Fall/Winter in May, just in time for Book Expo.
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 295 members
Thank you for the sneak peeks. I can't read these excerpts fast enough! So many great selections to look forward to, including some very promising debut novels. I'm excited to get my hands on these books.
I always look forward to new Buzz Books. It's an immediate download for me. Another great selection of upcoming releases, a few of which I'm especially looking forward to!
I love these collections because they always make me aware of titles that weren't previously on my radar, as well as reminding of titles that I already knew about that had forgotten were coming out this year. Such a great reminder that 2020 is going to be an amazing, and groundbreaking, read year!
Thank you Netgalley for giving me this preview of books for the spring/summer.
This is always a great opportunity for readers. Looking forward to all the great books!
I love these excerpts! Always great to see what's new and coming up. Thank you for sharing these with us.
terrific-always look forward to this as it's a very useful way to find new books. Also appreciate the links to make requests. thanks !
This is a great preview of so many books! It's like a box of chocolate, you never know what you get :)
I love the privilege of to reading excerpts from new books! I am always on the lookout for a good read and appreciate the opportunity to preview new authors or catch up with my favorites.
I never would have imagined that another book could make me close my unputdownable read. Yet, once again, the new edition of Buzz Books is here, and with barely a glance at my current read, I put it aside and started reading all the lovely excerpts. Forgive me current read, you know nothing else would come between us, and after all, I will be back soon!
For anyone not familiar with Buzz Books, each edition contains several book excerpts that have been given high praise or 'buzz'. This edition has forty-four excerpts, as well as many, many other books that are being published in the Spring/Summer of 2020. I've had readers tell me that they don't enjoy excerpts, which is of course fine. Think of this then as a huge potential TBR list, letting you know what is going to be published and when, and skip the excerpts!
I've read some of these already, thanks to ARCs, but my list continues to grow every time I finish an edition. Under Fiction, you will find notables, highly anticipated, emerging voices, debut, and commercial books. Nonfiction has politics & current events, social issues, science & technology, history and crime, essays, criticism, & more, and biography & memoir. Something for every reader and as always, I hope Publishers Lunch never stops publishing Buzz Books!
Another great bunch of books coming up. I love to get ideas from Publishers Lunch.
Thanks to publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
Thank you Buzz Books for the spring summer 2020 edition! I always enjoy reading excerpts of upcoming releases to help me decide on both the future new releases that I’d like to read as well as discover those I don’t know about yet. Always a great tool to use!
Wow! There are so many good books coming out! I'm really not ready! I love these Buzz Books......they give you a little taste of the book and allow you to see if you are interested in reading them. I requested quite a few and can't wait to get on with my reading year now! Many of the books are Penguin Books and they don't really approve me, but I tried for a few anyway!😁
Always enjoy reading Buzz Books and always find a lot of books to add to my ever growing to my to be read list. I find a lot of new authors and some I've read before which always is great.
Thank you to all who compile these lists for every Season. I look forward to seeing what's coming out.
I look forward to every single Buzz Books to check out upcoming titles and get a full overview of new or new to me authors as well as old favorites. This first edition of 2020 is packed with promising reads. It has familiar names such as Brit Bennett, Sue Monk Kidd, and Veronica Roth, Debut authors, Nonfiction and YA. There is truly something (and plenty) for everyone to enjoy.
Thank you to NetGalley for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.
I get so excited every time I see a new issue of Buzz Books! I download and read immediately - putting in requests and adding to my tbr. I love that it helps me find new reads I’m excited about, even outside my typical genres. Can’t wait for the next one!
There are quite a few good samples in this one. Lots I am excited about. I am now very excited for the Spring and Summer books that will be out.
I enjoyed getting a sneak peek of books to come. I would love to see this same thing done for YA/Middle-Level books.
It isn’t often I sign up to read something that isn’t a full length novel. This is one of the notable exceptions. I discovered a BookBuzz review of upcoming books a year ago and after reading it was determined to watch for them on a regular basis. Unfortunately, I missed the next one, so as soon as I saw this one on NetGalley I downloaded it, put aside what I was reading, and starting reading. It’s a great way to discover new to me authors as well as give me an opportunity to read through some excerpts to help determine if there are books I would like to watch for in the coming season.
After reading through this selection, I wound up automatically asking for two books, then going back to request a third. One of the interesting things for me was in discovering which samples struck a chord with me and which ones kept reverberating in my head once I had finished them. It’s always interesting to me to discover books, or portions of them, that keep calling my mind back to the story, making me wonder what will happen next or how this one might end.
If you are looking to explore new books for yourself or if you are in the business of selecting books to add to a library or bookstore, etc. this might be an effective tool for you. The book itself is divided into some large categories which make it easier to move to particular types of books which may be of interest to you. The categories are widely diverse and range from Young Adult Fiction to Debut Authors.
If you are wanting to explore new opportunities in reading, this is an excellent place to start. My thanks to Publishers Lunch and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced digital read copy in exchange for an unbiased review.
If your TBR lists are looking thin here are some great titles coming out Spring/Summer 2020. You're welcome!
The Last Flight by Julie Clark
(Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; Release date: June 2, 2020)
The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
(Publisher: Viking Books; Release date: April 21, 2020)
Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth
(Publisher: John Joseph Adams Books; Release date: April 7, 2020)
The Party Upstairs by Lee Conell
(Publisher: Penguin Press; Release date: July 7, 2020)
The Boys' Club by Erica Katz
(Publisher: Harper; Release date: August 4, 2020)
True Story by Kate Reed Petty
(Publisher: Viking Books; Release date: August 4, 2020)
The Burning by Laura Bates
(Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire; Release date: April 7, 2020)
I read this ARC for an honest review
All thoughts and opinions are mine
Oh I LOVE buzz books and devoured this in 1 sitting
Love to be able to see what up and coming and these have become a bit of a must read for me
Brilliant read and so helpful for us booksellers! We have to order well in advance and sometimes without any info and this helps me decide of it's a book that will work in my market and it also gives me some info I can use to handsell the title.
What is better than scrolling through all the wonderful possibilities of books on Netgalley? Not much. Trolling that same resource at only the click of the next page button? Yeah, that'll do it.
This is such a great resource to excite anyone's TBR pile. In a hot minute it has brought so many new titles, as well as authors, to my attention. I really love the large cover image and the included excerpt aspect as you get to see how the narrative voice suits you - see if it grabs you out of the feast of riches available here.
I love looking through the Buzz books and what a wonderful selection for the spring/summer. So many that i am hoping to read.
Thanks so much. An excellent summary of some exciting new publications. I love the fact that there is an excerpt from each book, it really helps.
Thank you for this preview! It’s great to be able to read samples, so excited to read many of these books.
I always love looking through these catalogs and seeing what else coming for the new season. there are a lot of books that I am very excited about and I cannot wait for their release!
Some great books for Spring/Summer 2020! I'm especially looking forward to Julie Clark's "That Last Flight" and Rosayra Pablo Cruz & Julie Schwietert Collazo's "The Book of Rosy." But so many more will be on my TBR.
great preview of upcoming books. I always love using these samples to create lists of books I want to request and review for the upcoming season.
Great collection of various authors and a range of great reading material!!
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair review.
Always hepful. I can't wait to read and review SO many of these, particularly Mike Bibirbiglia's book. Looking forward to it! Thanks again for the helpful compendium.
I have truly appreciated the opportunity to read excerpts of upcoming new releases in Buzz Books Spring/Summer 2020 collection. This edition includes excerpts from authors such as Amy Engel, Sue Monk Kidd, David Nicholls, Veronica Roth, and many more.
The collection is divided into the following sections:
Part One - Fiction
Part Two - Debut
Part Three - Non-Fiction
Part Four - Young Adult
As a fan of the crime & thriller genre, I would appreciate if this genre could receive its own section within Fiction.
I have enjoyed browsing through the new releases. Extra Kudos for the detailed Imprint and Publicity Information provided at the end of each excerpt.
Buzz Books how I love you. As soon as I see these available in netgalley I do a little happy dance. I love the excerpts and the contact information. Super helpful resource for a book blogger and reviewer. So well put together. I look forward to reading many of these spring and summer releases.
I have never requested a BUZZ BOOKS before. This was very helpful for me to know what is coming out and to read about books with authors that I am not familiar with. There are some good books coming out this spring!
Buzz Books is so dangerous. It's a gateway drug for me. It gives great insight into the up and coming books and authors. And my NetGaley requests are through the roof now.
Brilliant as ever. Crammed full of brilliant books, decent length extracts and a good mix of genres. Would love a children's version and access to back issues!
This Is A Good One
I've been downloading these preview collections for quite a few years now, and the quality, breadth, and appeal of the samples have varied considerably from edition to edition. I almost didn't bother this time around, but I'm glad I relented. This set of samples really is quite exciting and varied.
The book opens with a very thorough and well curated list of notable and anticipated books that will come up on offer all year. Just for the purpose of alerting oneself to what's on the horizon this book is worth looking at.
But the heart of the project is the forty-four extended excerpts; each comes with an introduction, some blurbs, marketing plans, and publication notes. Most, if not all, of the featured books are available for download, or at least request, on NetGalley. That aside, at a minimum the excerpts are usually longer than the samples you can download from Amazon, and for lots of the books the Amazon sample downloads aren't yet available and won't be available until we get closer to publication dates. As a consequence, this ends up being an excellent sneak preview resource.
I won't go through the books I was intrigued by, since everyone's tastes in that regard will differ. It is worth noting, though, that there were several books I highlighted to request or otherwise secure that I probably would have ignored but for having an excerpt sitting right in front of me inviting me to read on. I usually just gloss over "Women's Fiction", which is sad and unfair when you think about it, given that "Women's Fiction" isn't even an identifiable genre and certainly doesn't deserve any negative connotation. But there it is, and darned if I didn't get into several of those books based on these samples.
So, this is a wide ranging collection with excellent samples, and an easy way to explore outside your usual comfort zone. A nice find this year.
A lot of interesting titles! I am very excited for some of these books to be released. There were also some books I had mixed interest in until I read bits of the excerpts; I’ve now added a few of these titles to my TBR list! (And, of course, there were some I had little-to-no interest in and still do, but that’s okay.)
Thank you for this preview, Netgalley!
Buzz Books is such a treat to readers from Netgalley. I hurried back to request The Love Story of Missy Carmichael and The Vacation by T.M. Logan. I'm grateful to have these new books and many more on my radar.
These are great teasers/guides for the upcoming season's new releases; I always find 1 (or 12) books that I have to add to my TBR and highly recommend downloading for the list of books and then going through the various excerpts.
This is a great tool for book bloggers/reviewers like myself. It's easy to get overwhelmed by the number of titles on NetGalley and sometimes it's hard to choose what to request, knowing some of those will be denied. By reading through this summary of spring/summer releases, I'm able to take notes on titles I'm interested in. I requested a couple now, and have a few more I'll probably request later!
This book breaks down releases into genres, then gives a cover, synopsis and excerpt for each book along with author info, publication details AND a link to request to a galley.
I'll definitely keep my eyes peeled for more of these in the future and recommend them to my other reader/reviewer friends.
This is so helpful! I love the breakdown between buzzy books, debut authors, non fiction, etc. It makes creating my "to read" spreadsheet so much easier. I also enjoy the excerpts, though that do make me itch to read the full copy !:)
Wow! What an amazing and extensive list! I'm making notes and can't wait for so many of these. The fiction section looks amazing, but the debut section also has many that I will be reading for sure.
Wonderful look at some upcoming books - enough previews to whet my appetite for a number of books! The notes at the end off each preview are not as useful to me these days, not being a member of the bookselling business, but that's also pretty interesting to read, to see how much of a push each publisher is giving their book(s).
What a unique way to choose a book from Net Galley! Thank you for the opportunity to sample the plot and writing style of authors with whom I am not familiar. I have read the plot summaries of fiction, debut and non-fiction choices and the samples of those that intrigued me. I have already made my requests through Net Galley. I very much enjoyed the inside edge into the publishing business.
I absolutely love getting a sneak peak at some of the soon to be released books!
Thank you Netgalley and Buzz Books for allowing me to add to my ever growing "TBR".
What a fun way to fill your TBR pile with up-and-coming 2020 releases. This book has me absolutely itching to get my hands on some of these new releases while other are clearly just not for me.
If you’re one of those people who wanders the bookstore for hours and just can’t choose which books to take home with you as books 2020: spring/summer is the perfect pre read to help narrow your search.
I always enjoy previewing books through Buzz Books! It’s a good way to get hyped up about upcoming releases and trying out if new authors will work for you. I’m especially excited to try Veronica Roth’s new adult book after this preview.
An extremely helpful look at the upcoming books launching in 2020. The Spring/Summer review of new books is a great way to find out what books you want to read in the next few months. It highlights a variety of genres and authors so there's something for everyone.
Thank you for Buzz Books! I love reading about all of the upcoming titles and picking a few for my "must read" list. Infinitely helpful and treasured.
Thank you #BuzzBooks for once again impressing with a tremendous collection of excerpts of upcoming titles. There were so many that are exciting to look forward to in here that I can’t even list them all. This maybe the best collection, or representation for upcoming books, yet.
Unfortunately, if I even get approval for a fraction of those that I’ve now requested (against my better judgment), I will still have messed up my TBR for awhile. I will be back to digging out from my stack!
So, thanks for all of the wonderful titles! I can’t wait for the new releases to come.
This Publisher’s Lunch buzz edition is a book lover’s delight. As though there isn’t enough to read there are dozens more to look forward to. Not just ‘old’ favourites: Richard Ford, Joyce Carol Oates, and Anne Tyler but tonnes of new debut writers in particular which piqued my interest: The Party Upstairs by Lee Cornell; Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy and Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore. In non-fiction there is: Book of Rosy by Rosayra Pablo Cruz; Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett; and Here we are by Benjamin Taylor.
Also I am really looking forward to The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi as I really enjoyed her debut novel Freshwater which I found thanks to Netgalley
This is a great asset for those of us who love to talk books and share books. Please keep doing this!
A wide variety of authors and books that are yet to be released. This is a sneak peak with excerpts . It has helped to increase my want to read list.
This collection gives me the option to weed through and find books for my own library.
It is always a joy to see a new BUZZ Book appear on NetGalleyl
It is a gift and a blessing from an organization that helps writers, librarians, reviewers and book bloggers alike.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
As always, a great way to be ahead of the curve and know what books are coming out soon! Lots of categories and options to preview. Thanks, Net Galley and Buzz Books!
Consistently one of the best resources for what's heading to the bookshelves in the upcoming season. The Buzz Books editions are an inclusive and wide-ranging sneak peek into all of the most interesting new titles from commercial to indie authors, both those well-loved and those making their debut. My TBR list grows exponentially ever time a new edition is released.
Extremely well-formatted in giving readers everything they are curious about in future reads:
+ the cover
+ the summary
+ a sample read of the first couple of pages
+ the genre
As a preview and guide for anyone looking to stay in-tune with current reads, this is a very good resource and one that I look forward to leafing through many a time this year to see what upcoming publications catch my eye. So convenient to have them all in one place!
So many exciting books on the way! I can't wait to work my way though these excerpts and keep my eyes peeled for these new releases to appear on the shelves in work!
I love this compilation that provides an opportunity to preview many upcoming titles. The layout is very helpful, with it being categorized by genre including a section of particular interest, debit authors. I also appreciate that links to request egalleys are included at the end of excerpts. I imagine I’ll return to this regularly when I want a taste of what’s new and to add to my TBR.
This expansive resource is available at no charge at most on-line bookstores. It includes extensive listings of titles that are coming out in all categories along with a number of book excerpts. A few fiction titles that are forthcoming are those authored by David Nicholls, Katherine Reay, Susan Wiggs, Barbara Delinsky, Beatriz Williams, Alexander McCall Smith and Scott Turow. There are books forthcoming fro Anne Tyler, Gail Godwin, and more.
Readers can look at titles by category; for fiction this includes big books, emerging authors, debut novels, commercial fiction and more. Non-fiction seemed to me to include lots of political titles and titles about the struggles and triumphs of women.
Also take a look at biography and memoirs including books by Jennifer Finney Boyland, David Chang , Elijah Cummings and more. In addition, as as noted above, there are fairly lengthy excerpts from some forthcoming titles.
Take a little time to see what you might like to read this spring. You will find authors both old and new.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review. I honesty love this compilation.
My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Thanks, this is a great resource!
This has been my first opportunity to view Buzz Books, and reading the excerpts for 2020: Spring/Summer has been exciting and worthwhile. I have already received approval for one of my requests, and hope to hear back from more soon!
What a great way to plan my book reading throughout this new year.
Thanks #NetGalley and #Publishers. You've introduced me to many new authours and I look forward to their releases.
If you love reading about new releases from established authors and discovering new books from upcoming authors - if you enjoy exploring new genres but prefer sampling books before you commit to reading them - then rush over to Netgalley and pick up a copy of the Buzz Books Great Reads 2020 Spring/Summer sampler. This is my first introduction to this seasonal sampler and seriously, I'm not sure how I ever lived without it!
This book contains a book synopsis and introductory chapters for dozens of upcoming books that you couldn't otherwise preview (since they won't be released for several months). As I'm reading through the sampler, I'm making a list of the books that I would like to read. In the process, I am not only finding new authors but I'm also discovering new publishers. As a book blogger, book reviewer and an avid reader, these are very exciting discoveries to make!
Another great thing about this sampler is that it is available as a "read now" option so you don't have to wait to get approved through Netgalley. Direct links are included so that you can immediately request the books you are interested in. Publicity/release information that is helpful to bloggers, reviewers and librarians are included at the end of each preview.
I highly recommend this book and will be placing future editions of this sample on my "must read" list!
These are always my favorite, just because I get to see so many more books that are coming out. It’s so hard to find new books, because there are so many that come out and I usually stick to YA. I’m hoping to get more into new adult this year and find some new gems.
An amazing collection of upcoming releases for the Spring/Summer of 2020! The previews for each book are definitely helpful and peaked my interest in a bunch of releases. I am definitely adding a lot of these books onto my TBR.
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!
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.
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.
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'.
Great samples! I found some new titles I will definitely be looking into and some ill be passing on. These are wonderful collections.
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.
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
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!
Great read, loved how informative it was. Found a lot of new and interesting want reads.
Buzz Books contains all the new releases in the first half of 2020 and is a very helpful instrument for bloggers and reader et al.
I love the excerpts! There are a number of good reading choices coming out this Spring and Summer.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this informative compilation.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I always look forward to the Buzz Books previews, and this one does not disappoint. It was great to hear about upcoming books and read excerpts.
I really love these compilations. I run a book box subscription and getting a taste for a book to see if it might fit our box is a huge help. Thank you.
These two are my cannot miss from this Buzz Book...
Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay
One lie turned into two...you get the story. Psychological thriller and toxic friendship all in one. Cannot wait for this one!!
The Boys Club by Erica Katz
Big law firm. Big Money. Big Boys. Big problems for a woman trying to fit in.
I love Buzz Books because I learn something new each time I pick one up! These books offer such a great guide to forthcoming titles. There's a list at the front, with titles, their authors, publishers, and publication dates listed by genre. This is followed by several excerpts from upcoming books.
Of those excerpted, I'm most excited for Luster by Raven Leilani and The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. But Of Literature & Lattes by Katherine Reay also looks right up my alley. And I bet David Nicholls could make me cry all over again, with Sweet Sorrow (I'm still not over One Day!). I also bet Mike Birbiglia's The New One will be funny and worth a read.
One thing's for sure: We're lucky to have so many great books on the horizon!
“A month is too long to talk online. In the time we have been talking, my imagination has run wild. Based on his liberal use of the semicolon, I just assumed this date would go well. But everything is different IRL.”
You think? This is an excerpt from Luster by Raven Leilani. A black English girl, 23, flirts online with a white married man twice her age, and they do meet In Real Life in the sample provided by Buzz Books. I always enjoy these samplers. Fiction, non-fiction, debuts, Young Adult, plenty of choice. I read some, skim some, skip some. No matter what, I always find something I really want to read.
My favourite this time is an Irish debut, The Ghost Factory by Jenny McCartney, told in the first person by a boy from Belfast. He describes an uncle.
“He was a tame man, really. Any rebellious sinews in him had long ago been replaced with a convenient machine-washable stuffing.”
His father: “You could relax in the expanses of Big Jacky’s silence. It was the mental equivalent of an endless highway stretching out of sight, carrying within it peace and possibility.”
I loved the whole thing and wish I could have kept reading!
A very different book is Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy about a woman who is tracking the fast-disappearing arctic terns. She's put bands on three, and I left her cajoling fisherman into taking her to sea with them by promising the terns will show them where they can still find fish (also fast-disappearing). I can see some interesting relationships developing in this one, and it's also a topical story.
The Last Flight by Julie Clark promises to be a real page-turner. It's about two women switching identities, but one misstep, and it's curtains for someone! A good plot and it seems well-written, too.
The Book of V. by Anna Solomon shows second wife Lily dealing with constant comparisons to her husband's first wife, Vira, who didn't want children. He and Lily have two children, and Lily is struggling in her mind to compete with what she imagines Vira's life is like now. Could be a good one.
Another "V" which looks promising is Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore.
“Because Gloria Ramírez might not know much on this morning, February 15, 1976, but she knows this: if he hadn’t passed out before he sobered up enough to find his gun or get his hands around her throat, she would already be dead.”
Odessa, Texas, 1976, the wee hours of the morning after Valentine's. Gloria, 14, had been hanging around bored and took a ride in a truck with an oil-worker for something to do. Now she’s stranded in the desert while he’s asleep (maybe?) propped up next to his truck with his gun handy. Can she get to the farmhouse she sees off in the distance?
The Book of Rosy: A Mother's Story of Separation at the Border is Rosayra Pablo Cruz's first-person account, co-authored by Julie Schwietert Collazo, about Rosy’s fleeing Guatemala with her sons. She has borrowed a lot of money to make the trip, and she’s anxious to get out of American detention so she can begin earning money to repay them.
“Every day that I am in here, is a day that puts them at risk, for unpaid debts can mean a death sentence in my country. This is the reality for nearly every migrant from Central America who flees to the United States.”
She and the other women being held in cells rely a lot on prayer. She has a dream while in detention.
“Then, I turned to the back of the Bible, where there are blank pages for notes, and I wrote the dream down. I knew immediately what I had to do. I had to let go. I had to be a believer who has great faith. I had to be someone who gives without asking. I had to surrender fully to God, to stop asking for what I want. I had to say, simply, ‘God, let Thy will be done.’”
I’m a great fan of American Dirt, which caused a lot of controversy about a white woman telling the story of a Mexican migrant woman fleeing from a cartel boss to the U.S. I will be interested to see if Rosy’s own story will have as much impact as the Lydia’s fictional one. My review of American Dirt is on Goodreads. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2892939917
Another story of an undocumented family in the States is The Son of Good Fortune, the debut novel of Lysley Tenorio who has won awards for his short fiction. Here we have a Filipino mother who makes her living scamming men on the internet (convinced she is still overseas and needs airfare to the U.S. to meet them). Her teen-aged son, Excel, has apparently left home and returned more than once, but this time he's determined to get out. Interesting premise and the writing makes me want to read more.
I must also make mention of Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World, by Aboriginal author and Senior Lecturer at Monash University Tyson Yunkaporta. I am fascinated by memory 'systems' and the oral traditions that we're losing in the digital age.
It concerns me that we are headed to George Orwell's famous Nineteen Eighty-Four where history is erased in the Ministry of Truth and replaced by whatever Big Brother would like history to look like now. I'm happy to listen to Yunkaporta's opinions in spite of his 'apology' for not having a full traditional education in the law and the lore.
“. . . in fact, I’m uninitiated, which means that at the age of forty-seven I still only have the cultural knowledge and status of a fourteen-year-old boy. A swimming pool was built on the initiation ground back home, so those rites of passage don’t happen anymore.”
I’ve just grabbed a few that caught my eye, but there are heaps more, so grab a copy of this issue. They are free from their website. http://buzz.publishersmarketplace.com/
Many are available for NetGalley reviewers to request (no guarantees), and many already have some reviews on Goodreads already to help you decide.
So many books, so little time!
I enjoyed reading excerpts of new publications and look forward to reading and reviewing those titles that have provoked interest. It's my first netgalley book and I do look forward to reading more Buzz Books to point me in the right direction.
Another fabulous sampling of new books on the 2020 horizon. I appreciate this array of new and diverse voices and wide range of styles and stories.
I love BuzzBooks! For a book lover, it is a great preview of upcoming books to add to my to-be-read list. I always look forward to this publication. Thank you!
This just made by want to read shelf so much bigger. I thoroughly enjoyed a sneak peek into some of this years most anticipated books. I also requested ARCs of several of this in hopes to get my hands on them early! I think this is a great way to find new and interesting books. Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to have a sneak peek into these books.
Buzz Books 2020 is a great way to peruse excepts from new books. Librarians might find it useful to share with those who need help finding a book. The section for Young Adults is helpful to those who mentor youth. Each selection includes a summary and excerpts, making Buzz Books the ideal way to pick reading material. Of course, it is a great way for authors to showcase and promote their products. I recommend Buzz Books 2020 because I will continue to reference it for reading suggestions.
This is my first introduction to Buzz Books and Netgalley. This book was amazing. I wasn't expecting to read it entirely through, but the samples and excerpts were great. Definitely peruse this book if you want to add to your TBR and keep abreast of upcoming hit books!
I look forward the new Buzz Books each season. I always enjoy reading the excerpts of upcoming must reads and this one did not disappoint. It had me adding many new titles to my "want to read" list for the coming year. If you like to build the anticipation of what is to come, check this book out.
Great lists! Looking forward to the next few months of reading. Love that Netgalley puts this together.
A great list of books in this collection made me super excited about what is come this year! I look forward to accessing Buzz books more regularly now, as this has made me geeked about reading again!
This is my first seasonal 'Buzz Books' but won't be my last!
This edition lists notable books due to be published in Spring/Summer 2020 and gives an extract from 44 of the most exciting. The titles cover fiction, non fiction, debut novels and YA. Some of these you will already be aware of but many that caught my eye were by new authors or authors I hadn't read before so it's a great way to expand your reading experience.
I won't list all the ones I added to my already swollen tbr as there are too many and everyone's taste is different. Most are available on Netgalley (although depending on the publisher may be restricted to US readers), but rest assured however you get hold of new books it's going to be a great Summer!
A wonderful introduction to upcoming new releases. I like that there are sections that allow readers to navigate directly to books of my preferences. I also like that the excerpts are long enough to get a good flavour of the book.
I've added several books to my want-to- read list; books that likely would not have crossed my path otherwise.
I love these books, I think it is a great concept for people to see what books they may of may not be interested in reading.
I have read quite a few books I wouldn't have thought I would be interested in because of Buzz Books.
Having said that, the books featured in the 2020 Spring and Summer left a lot to be desired, there were only a couple that I was really into.
The rating for this book is based on the premise of Buzz Books and not necessarily the actual content.
What a great opportunity to browse through ARCs, thank you NetGalley.! It can be hard to select titles based on the description alone and reading first chapters was exceedingly helpful. I found that the Brit Bennet book to be the most promising and a few others appealed as well. I know this is not a typical review, and just feedback, so I will keep it short. When I read the full books that were of interest, I will post those reviews on Goodreads (and here if I read them via NetGalley ARCs),
I love window shopping in Buzz Books. I've requested about soon-to-be-published books from the edition. I appreciate getting the heads-up about books that should be on my reading radar.
The books include:
The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
The Last Flight by Julie Clark
Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay
The Imperfects by Amy Myerson
The Orphan Collector by Ellen Marie Wiseman
It looks to be another busy and well-informed reading season. Thanks for publishing this book!
I don't usually look for collections like this - I want to be able to read the whole book once I start! :) But when I saw Mike Birbiglia's new book was sampled here, I decided to try it out. I, of course, read his first! But I sampled several of the other selections as well, and have added them to my wish lists. It was a little unsatisfying to not finish the story, but I do find myself thinking back to different selections and adding published dates to my reminder calendar! So I would recommend this selection to anyone who is looking for new titles and maybe to break out of their usual genres a bit as well..
Thank you for the e-ARC in exchange for my review.
Great read!! Excited about the upcoming books. Great idea to have a sample of a the new books all in one place!!
This book gave me a great preview of books coming out this spring and summer. I love getting a sneak peak into what is coming out and the best part is that it gives an excerpt of the books. This allows me to read a bit of the book and determine if it is going to be appropriate for my middle school library.
As always a fantastic resource for discovering new books, new authors and new genres. The excerpts are helpful and the links to Netgalley make is easy to request fantastic reads. I get the latest edition of Buzz Books as soon as it’s available. Absolutely recommend!
The Buzz Books are THE word in upcoming publishing - every year I look forward to them, and every year they deliver, proving tantalising glimpses at a massive array of books that I just can't wait to read.
This is a great tool for book club leaders and/or anyone looking to schedule great reads to review for the Spring/Summer season. I like that this book makes me aware of titles that I hadn’t heard of before. I was amazed that there were 44 extended excerpts of notable, highly anticipated emerging authors and other books that have a buzz about them. I hadn’t expected so many!
I liked that the release dates, the publisher, the authors bio and the cover along with a sneak peek (chapter excerpts) gave me a chance to get to know books I never would have picked up because I couldn’t get past the book cover.
The book is broken up into 4 part, 1.Fiction, 2, Debut novels 3. Non-fiction 4. Young Adult. If you are hooked by a book you can request most of these books through Netgalley.I liked the wide range collection. It made it easy explore genres I never would have taken a second look other wise..
Some of the well-known fiction authors featured are Brit Bennett, Mike Birbiglia, Debra Jo Immergut, Sue Monk Kidd, Veronica Roth, Jessica Anthony, Julie Clark, Brandy Colbert, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Sam Lansky, Charolette McConaghy, Amy Meyerson, David Nicholls, Anny Solomn, Kawai Strong Washburn and many more.
This is the first time I’ve read through the Publishers Lunch Buzz Books. It won’t be the last. I look forward to doing this again.
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Buzz Books is a wonderful resource! I'm thrilled with the amount of content it includes. It's great to be able to find out what is due to be published soon. This helps with planning book purchases and with reader's advisory for patrons and friends. Plus, being able to read the excerpts for so many new books coming out, is very fun and just heightens the anticipation! Great job, I'll be looking forward to this again and again.
In Buzz Books 2020: Spring/Summer, Publishers Lunch provides an excellent snapshot of new fiction and nonfiction publications. The Publishing Preview section’s selection of upcoming titles is a great tool to use when purchasing books. I found a few to buy that I had previously overlooked. The excerpts from debut authors are helpful when evaluating unfamiliar authors. However, as a purchaser and reader of mostly nonfiction, I wish there was a bigger selection of and more variety in the nonfiction excerpts.
Another great list of forthcoming titles with excerpts, which always helps in selecting what will go into your library.
Thank you Netgalley and Publishers Lunch for gifting me this book in exchange for a honest review, I loved getting to read the excerpts on new books, getting to know new authors and themes that I may have not be interested in a library, but I DEVOURED the excerpts and have now added the books into my tbr list.
You can go by theme, like fiction or non-fiction, or just be like me and read everything and see what picks your fancy., and it's truly an amazing way to get out of your comfort zone as a reader and see what's out there, and find new precious to read in the next months.
Buzz Books for 2020: Spring/Summer edition, is a catalog of books due out all through this year; in fact it's a treasure-trove of wonders! I personally wait for Publishers Lunch to deliver this book into our waiting "ehands" to discover new, debut authors, seasoned authors, and the next best read by the new hot author from last year; in both fiction and nonfiction. You can't miss!
Plus, tons of excerpts from these exact same authors. Yes, read that again! Excerpts of the books you're just dying to read, now! Right on your own reading device. Look at the cover: Sue Monk Kidd, Mike Birbiglia, Amy Meyerson, David Rawlings, Akwaeke Emeezi, Ann Solomon, Erica Katz, David Nicholls, and so many more.
And lists! Lists of books, authors, and dates - publication dates! Mark them all on your calendar; color code them.
Fun for the whole family; or you and a glass or two of your favorite beverage.
Just don't miss out. It's yours for the asking. You'll never be sorry. How could you? It's all about new books! Enjoy!
I love the Buzz Books previews. I wish they did this more often. They do nothing more than make my To Be Read pile grow. I am really looking forward to the new book from Sue Monk Kidd in particular.
Loving a lot of these excerpts, so many great released to look forward to and some of the authors that will be new to me. What a year it is going to be for readers!!
If you’re new to these Buzz Book samplers I highly recommend you give it a try. I discovered them last year and it’s a really fun way to check out new books. I found a couple I loved last year that surprised me by being out of my normal reading genres. I found a couple in this sampler that also seemed promising and immediately went to request them. This sampler will give you a great opportunity to check out different books and see what might appeal to you. We all know some books can sound great but not end up being our style of book so with this sampler you can check out the author’s writing style to see if it’s a good fit. It’s like the book version of a variety of trailers. I did find this sampler to be more political than I’d prefer but it’s super easy to skip through books that don’t appeal to you. On my kindle I can go to the table of contents and easily skip a book so you do not have to page through a book that’s not for you. This is a really great way to check out a variety of authors and styles to see if there’s something that might surprise you.
Thank you so much for all the sneak peaks! There looks to be some very interesting books coming out soon, and I cannot wait. While I probably won’t read most of the books sampled, I find this one of the most helpful things I can get each season as a bookseller.
Thanks so much for another wonderful sampler of coming attractions! I'm in love with Buzz Books -- they have introduced me to so many amazing authors that I might not have tried otherwise. I'm already looking forward to next season's offerings.
A preview of the best of the new books for the season and it's FREE!
There are so many enticing new books in Spring/Summer edition, I decided to be selective in what I could realistically add to my 'to read' pile. For me, the top of the list is Emily St. John Mandel's (sequel to STATION ELEVEN) THE GLASS HOTEL(Wished). Others I jotted down include Zoje Stage's WONDERLAND; Mary Kay Andrews' HELLO, SUMMER; and Denise Mina's THE LESS DEAD. I've asked to read Gail Godwin's OLD LOVEGOOD GIRLS and decided I was brilliant because I had already requested and received Barbara Delinsky's A WEEK AT THE SHORE.
First introduced for the 2012 Book Expo America, the FREE digital Publishers Lunch Buzz Books has become the place for both industry professionals and book lovers in general to discover and read about the books expected to spark high demand BEFORE they are published!
The Introduction gives a nice overview of the upcoming publishing season broken down by literary fiction, debut fiction, commercial fiction, and followed by non-fiction conversation starters, memoir & biography.
What's really great is that after many selections, you have the option to follow a link and request the complete galley copy from Net Galley if you qualify as a 'professional' reader.
Check out Buzz Books on Amazon. Did I mention it's FREE!
Ahhhhhhhh! So many amazing books coming out this Spring and Summer! Cannot wait to read ALL of them!! Thanks for the sneak peak!!
As soon as I saw Brit Bennett’s name I squealed! I loved The Mothers and am so excited to read her upcoming release! I’m also looking forward to The Voting Booth after reading the excerpt here. And, of course, Anne Tyler. I’m so anticipating these upcoming titles!
I can't wait for the Buzz Books every season. I love reading the excerpts of all the new books that will be arriving in the Spring and Summer of 2020! Now all I need is some nice weather, a lounge chair and a beach umbrella and I'm set for some new books. Thank you NetGalley!
I love getting a sneak peek at all the wonderful titles coming out. It helps cull an already high TBR pile but still recommend titles that our patrons will want. Keep them coming please!
This is one of my favorite things to look forward to each season in the world of publishing and all things books. For me, I use this as a roadmap for books that highly anticipated, debut releases, or hidden gems. I want to read the 5 star worthy books before they come out. I want to share my opinion and voice on it with others in the hopes that they too will enjoy the book as much as I did.
One of my favorite things to do when I meet another book lover is have them suggest to me a book, just one, that they would highly recommend. Regardless of knowing my particular reading preferences. I have met some of my favorite books that way. This is like that. The Buzz Books is as if I had a room of book lovers all give me suggestions of books they would highly recommend. There may be some that dislike that fiction, nonfiction and young adult was all merged together. I love it, I find it almost better because sometimes we discount a book if it is outside our realm of appreciation or interest.
I was exceptionally pleased with some of the selections for excerpts this time around. I certainly will not be able to read them all but I was definitely drawn in by more than one and hope to return to finish them.
Thank you for the opportunity to check out these samples! So many great books to look forward to; both ones I was already anticipating and some I hadn't heard of. Very exciting to get a peek at Chosen Ones!
This is a fun, great way to preview upcoming books - a chapter or so of each anticipated book is shared - the range is lovely and diverse - something for everyone. Some genres I’m not into and while I didn’t end up going past a couple of paras of a few, I appreciated the opportunity to sample. There were some good ones and debut authors as well - always great to see new writers being published. A few in particular I’m eager to check out are The Death of Vivek Oji ( I recently listened to Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater, which was great), The Book of Longings, the Orphan Collector, and Sharks in the Time of Saviors. Thanks NetGalley and all the publishers for providing a much-anticipated window into Spring/Summer 2020.
As usual, Buzz Books provided helpful information about upcoming books in a way that allows prospective reviewers to get a real sense of a title in advance of publication. The synopsis provided for review copies on NetGalley are wonderful, but there are so many options to choose from; Buzz Books helps to focus our attention and the effort is really appreciated. Many thanks!
I look forward to this collection at the beginning of each publishing season. It helps me plan my reading, get on the