Buzz Books 2021: Spring/Summer
by Publishers Lunch
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 19 Jan 2021 | Archive Date 10 May 2021
Buzz Books 2021 presents passionate readers with an insider’s look at the buzziest books due out this spring season. Such major bestselling authors as Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, Jean Hanff Korelitz, Lisa Scottoline, and Tia Williams are featured, along with literary greats Leila Slimani and Viet Thanh Nguyen, a Pulitzer Prize-winner. Other sure-to-be popular titles are by Julie Murphy, of Dumplin’ fame, with her first adult novel; Marie Benedict’s book about J.P Morgan’s personal librarian; and Flynn Berry’s thriller about two sisters and the IRA. At the end of most excerpts, you will find a link to the full galley on NetGalley!
Buzz Books has had a particularly stellar track record with highlighting the most talented, exciting debut authors, and this edition is no exception. Amanda Dennis, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, Carolyn Ferrell, Gabriela Garcia, are among the literary standouts, while Emma Stonex’s The Lamplighters, inspired by a true story, has already been optioned for film.
Our nonfiction selections include two World War II stories, one by Boys in the Boat author Daniel James Brown and a second by Mari K. Elder. Jennifer Gunter, M.D. of The Vagina Bible renown, returns with her Menopause Manifesto. Kat Chow, Erin French, and Danielle Henderson have written three very different memoirs, about a Chinese family, a restaurateur, and an unconventional Black childhood, respectively.
Finally, we present early looks at new work from up-and-coming young adult authors: Safia Elhillo (Home Is Not A Country), Graci Kim (The Last Fallen Star), and Alexandrea Weis (Have You Seen Me?).
Be sure to look out for Buzz Books 2021: Fall/Winter, coming in May.
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 309 members
I look forward to Buzz Books which provide all in one place a snapshot of books to be published and a quick way of requesting or downloading the books. Thanks so much !
2021 is the year of some great books. I love keeping my finger on the pulse of upcoming releases. This collection is great to see what's coming out and a wonderful teaser. If only patience was my virtue.
I love to read the Buzz Books catalog! This is a very useful list of upcoming books. I have used it to add new potential reads on my TBR and Goodreads shelves. Thank you for putting together this resource for readers.
Always love these sneak peeks. I enjoy getting to read a bit of the stories and they always end with me adding at least one to my TBR and wish list. This opportunity allows for me to give the book/author a try before requesting from NetGalley. Goodness knows I need to be selective with all the great books available. This is my chance to try a book on for size, so to speak. I have founds some books I would not have requested by reading this little bits. These Buzz Books are a win/win for me
I always really enjoy these! Thanks to the publishers for providing them. I'm excited to see what is in this one
A fantastic resource for upcoming new releases. I know I added quite a few books to my TBR because of it.
Even if BEA is gone it's nice to still be able to get samples of the new season's buzz books in one place! Thanks to Publishers Lunch and NetGalley for the download.
The Buzz Books by Publishers Lunch is the best way to learn about upcoming publications, whether it's returning authors, debut novels, nonfiction writing, or whatever. As a contributor to a newspaper and blog, I look forward to Buzz Books to help me plan out a review calendar. Thank you, Publishers Lunch, for always being up to date with the latest in the literary world.
I loved these Buzz Books samplers! They offer the perfect snippets into a few of the new books being released this year!
What a great sneak peek! Broken out in sections with beautiful covers, quick preview chapters and info about authors! I can't wait to find so many of these reads!
This is a wonderful compilation of upcoming releases along with previews of a number of the books. Thank you for my copy!! I can't write more because I need to start requesting some books! LOL.
I always look forward to this (free!) publication. It lists so many books that will be coming out over the coming months. Everything is here from debut fiction to literary titles to commercial fiction, non-fiction and more. Plus, there are generous excerpts from a number of upcoming titles. One that I am really looking forward to is Marie Benedict’s novel about the librarian for the Morgan Library.
Read this one with a pad of paper or device close by so that you can jot down the titles that you want to remember.. I guarantee that there will be quite a few.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. All opinions are my own.
So many great books coming out in 2021! I'm looking forward to reading many of them. Thanks for an opportunity to look through all these previews.
I love this BuzzBook 2021 Spring/Summer catalog. I always find such great future books coming out. I also find a lot of new authors too and familiar and favorite authors are always included.
I've been wondering when the next Buzz Books advert collection would come out, and I am so happy it is here. I love the chance to preview so many of the new and exciting titles on Netgalley.
I love looking at these samplers. There are so many new books coming out and I cannot wait to get my hands on them. I am really looking forward to reading these.
I always love reading excerpts of all the upcoming books. Thank you Buzz Books and NetGalley! Can’t wait to dive in!
I look forward to seeing this every time it is released. I love reading about books that will be soon released, because it helps me stay informed for our customers. Even if they aren't always books I'd personally read, it's nice to have the information to share with others.
I absolutely LOVE it when these previews come out! There are so many good books coming out soon that I had to take notes and write dates on my calendar so I don't request too many at the same time.
Loved this! Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the sneak preview of 2021 Spring/Summer Buzz Books.
I look forward to every Buzz Books’ edition and this one is a treasure trove, filled with enticing new releases. Ah, my TBR pile is growing!
5 of 5 Stars
Pub Date 19 Jan 2021
Thanks to the author, Publishers Lunch BUZZ BOOKS, and NetGalley for the ARC, in exchange for my honest review.
This is a nice sampler of upcoming titles,fiction and non-fiction alike. I liked how this was set up.
A preview of the best of the new books for the season and it's FREE!
Fiction is broken down into categories such as Notables (Kazuo Ishiguro's KLARA AND THE SUN, Jhumpa Lahiri's WHEREABOUTS, and Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeny's GOOD COMPANY); Highly Anticipated (Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray's THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN, Joshua Henkin's MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, and Imbolo Mbue's HOW BEAUTIFUL WE WERE); Emerging Voices; (Will Dean's THE LAST THING TO BURN, Charles Martin's THE LETTER KEEPER, and Flynn Berry's NORTHERN SPY); a very long list of Debut authors; and Commercial Fiction including Linwood Barclay, David Baldacci, Alafair Burke, Harlan Coben, Jean Hanff Korelitz, and Nora Roberts. A whole range of non-fiction categories are included as well as several Young Adult titles.
There are so many enticing new titles and authors in the Spring/Summer edition, that although I tried to be selective, it remains to be seen whether I was successful. I've requested a number of titles already!
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!
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!
I just love this idea! You get to read exerts from many different books to see if.you will like them. Most of the stories have a request link at the end and I will admit I clicked on many of them. So many good novels coming out! I requested quite a few, wished for one and added some to my TBR pile! The best thing about Book Buzz is that I am exposed to books I normally wouldn't even look at and that expands my comfort zone. I love finding new authors and am usually pleasantly surprised when I request a book from Book Buzz that is outside my normal genre and wind up loving the book!
Once again I've added several books to my want-to- read list after reading the latest issue of Buzz Books. I enjoy reading the excerpts and lists of upcoming titles.
I always love the Buzz Books guide. I spent the afternoon going through each new upcoming book and read several of the excerpts. There’s a lot of great books coming out!!
I eagerly awaited this 2021 Buzz Books sampler to be released to plan my summer reading. There are some great books being released this year and I love being able to read a sample of some of them and see what I want to read.
So many great books to look forward to reading. I love Buzz Books and the insight it provides into upcoming titles.
so many gems in here!! I always look forward to reading through these excerpts and figuring out what books I'd like to request or put on my TBR for the future.
Buzz Books is always such a brilliant resource for upcoming releases. I love all the wonderful previews and it's great to see what's coming out and when. 2021 looks like it's going to be an amazing year in the book world and now, thanks to this catalogue, I've already added quite a few books onto my TBR!
Buzz Books is a guide to all of the hot fresh releases coming out next season. I used to faithfully request it but my TBR grew way out of control. Now that I have gotten my feedback ratio over 80% I feel like I can test my shelf control.
As usual, there were lots of great books highlighted here (some of which I had already requested.)
Here is my wishlist:
Arnett: [book:With Teeth|56160395]
Jackson-Brown: [book:When Stars Rain Down|54287747]
Jerkins: [book:Caul Baby|54427099]
Korelitz: [book:The Plot|55315487]
Nguyen: [book:The Committed|52260627]
Vlautin: [book:The Night Always Comes|54275850]
Williams: [book:The Perfect Ruin|55354943]
Worthington: [book:A Time For Monsters|54578756]
Brown: [book:The Lowering Days: A Novel|53746792]
Cronin: [book:The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot|54798488]
Dennis: [book:Her Here|53225538]
Ferrell: [book:Dear Miss Metropolitan|55077564]
Garcia: [book:Of Women and Salt|53138197]
Gnuse: [book:Girl in the Walls|53287007]
Jeffers: [book:The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois|51183428]
Penner: [book:The Lost Apothecary|53288434]
Sathian: [book:Gold Diggers|54719856]
Elhillo: [book:Home Is Not a Country|54416144]
Weis: [book:Have You Seen Me?|54578759]
Henderson: [book:The Ugly Cry|55746188]
Unfortunately, I was not able to request all of them. <i>(Adulting over here. Trying desperately not to fall down into that TBR hole.)</i> But the little girl in me who loves books could not help but to mark some down for pre-order and library requests.
I love such a detailed sampler with chapter teasers and insights on the author and publisher to boot. It's amazing how many books one can look forward to this year.
Thanks Netgalley for the eARC.
I love reading these to get a sense of what is coming in the next months of publishing. It is such a nice tool since I don't regularly have time to keep up with each new publisher. Plus I get to find some publishers that I have never heard about.
I loved looking through this collection of works in anticipation of the upcoming months. There were some books that were already on my radar and some that I will be for sure checking out closer to their publication dates.
This was my first time looking at a NetGalley Buzz Books, and it was super helpful. I love the excerpts which help give a feel for the books - will definitely be helpful in purchasing items!
This is my first time downloading Buzz Books & I love it! Great to have a list of upcoming books to add to my TBR list. Appreciated getting to read excerpts from the books to get a flavor for the author and the book. Also, helps to expand my horizons by finding books I typically would not have chosen for myself!
It was like Christmas morning - I couldn't wait to read about the upcoming 2021 releases. I was literally going back and forth from my Kindle app to my Goodreads app adding books to my "Want To Read" list. My poor husband is going to have to build more bookshelves for me! I was especially excited about Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray's new release The Personal Librarian from the fiction category. I have enjoyed Benedict's other novels, but this one is especially exciting as it features a woman of color. In the debut novel category, The Love Songs of W.E.B DuBois was immediately placed on my want to read list. W.E.B. DuBois is one of my favorite writers, thinkers, all. of. the. things. I am looking forward to seeing how the author, Honoree Fanonne Jeffers tackles the topic of the "double consciousness" which is a reality for many African Americans today. Overall, I'm excited to see what 2021 reading will bring. Thank you Netgalley!
There are so many amazing books publishing soon from authors I've enjoyed before as well as those publishing debut novels. I liked being able to look through the early chapters of each of them and look forward to reading the books in full. Many of theses are on my TBR now!
I appreciate the early look at these titles.
Buzz Books is a fantastic way to see what is up and coming for the reading year. It is a delicious sampler platter for soon to be published books.
I always get so excited every time I see a new Buzz Books! I know it’s going to give me lots of great reads to add to my tbr for the coming months and this issue was no exception. I hope there’s a new Buzz Books Romance coming soon too!!
Such a treat as always to have the opportunity to read excerpts of upcoming books, and then to request the whole thing!
Thank you to netgalley and publishers lunch for an advance copy of this book
I always love these so much, I never like all the books but I do find ones that I would love to have. I am always excited for these when they come out, and that it's a free read.
A great way to see and get excited about upcoming books! I enjoyed reading through the excerpts and learning more about what’s to come.
I love the sneak peak preview of upcoming books. Many of the titles I had already requested. I like how you can request and even in some cases read the galleys. It's been quite awhile since I perused through a catalog so it was fun to see a few titles I was not aware, especially in fiction and memoirs.
What a perfect intro to upcoming books for the Spring and Summer of 2021! With both known and unknown authors the summaries and excerpts of the books give the reader a lead-in to the book and characters that is tantalizing! I myself found several that immediately had me requesting a full galley of the book while still making a list of the others that I needed to keep my eyes open for future reading. I encourage this sneak-peak for readers who like to know what to look forward to! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to NetGalley and Publishers Lunch for the opportunity. #NetGalley #BuzzBooks2021SpringSummer
Love reading these each season. So many great books on my to-be-read shelf. Great!!!
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! Thank you! Thank you! I love this opportunity to read excerpts of new works from cutting edge authors to help determine my upcoming reading experiences. It is a privilege!
This was very useful for helping me decide what to add, and what not to add, to my wish list. I’ve never bothered to download these preview compilations before, but I will in the future. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
I was not aware of Buzz Books until I came across it on one of my facebook feeds. This is like holy grail for booknerds!!
I was excited to see so many new books coming out from my favorite authors! I like how its separated by fiction, non fiction, highly anticpated, YA sections. Super easy to navigate and read the excerpts. I have marked many to be added to my tbr pile of request!
Thank you Netgalley!
Wow!! This includes a lot of great book choices. The excerpts have made me excited to read the full books when they release. I plan on requesting a lot of these on NetGalley. Thank you so much to Buzz Books for providing me with excerpts from these fascinating future book releases!!
I look forward to the Buzz Books every year! What a great way of finding out about new titles I wouldn't have heard about otherwise. I always find something that I want to read and something that has a lot of buzz that just isn't for me.
How can I not love another way to find MORE books that I want to read. This is my go to book when I'm waiting somewhere but feel like reading a novel would be too distracting. It's a great way to window shop for upcoming books. Thanks to Publishers Lunch BUZZ BOOKS and NetGalley for this ARC.
Buzz Books 2021: Spring/Summer is a huge collection of excerpts from the most highly anticipated releases for the first half of 2021. I loved learning about new novels and reading samples. Thank you NetGalley and the publishers for providing this great collection.
I always look forward to the buzzbooks and this one was no exception! There was a wonderful selection of books included, from fiction to nonfiction, YA and debuts. I’m particularly excited to continue reading Libertie and 7 Days in June when they release, as I thought the excerpts included were beautiful and intriguing. Keep releasing these every season - they are fantastic!
Buzz books is consistently helpful in learning and discovering the upcoming books that I want to request/keep an eye out for/pre-order. Etc...
These are the absolute best! I have discovered SO MANY new authors and titles because of theses packages. I also love that they're broken down into sections (ex non-fiction, debut, etc.) and provide links at the end of most stories to download the full book on Netgalley. Thank you for pulling these together for readers - and please keep them coming!
I really look forward to each issue of Buzz Books by Publishers Lunch to see what new and exciting books will be out soon. This one covers books for Spring and Summer 2021. We have a lot to look forward to!
In the beginning of this issue are lists of the tons of books that will be released this season. I was excited to see some of my favorite authors have new releases. Then select books are previewed under the headings of Fiction, Debut, Nonfiction and Young Adult. At the end of each preview is a link to request the book from NetGalley. (There are also a few galleys that are "Read Now". Yay!)
There are a few previews that really caught my attention. First was " With Teeth" by Kristen Arnett. The creepy kid the story surrounds really gave me chills! I also look forward to "The Personal Librarian" by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray. I've heard great things about Ms. Benedict. Sarah Penner's debut "The Lost Apothecary" also tops my list. There's no doubt there will be something for every taste coming out!
I received a copy of this preview issue courtesy of Publishers Lunch and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.
If you're looking for your next tbr, this is such a wonderful resource. There's enough of a preview to really give you a feel for the book and the synopsis with all of the relevant information (release dates, prices, summaries, publicity contacts, ect) are perfect. I enjoy also that it's a mixture of books that will already have some buzz (such as a new Rick Riordan series) as well as titles you probably wouldn't have encountered otherwise.
Well organized, it's a great tool
Thank you to NetGalley and Publishers Lunch for allowing me to read Buzz Books 2021: Spring/Summer.
This is the first book sampler that I have taken the time to read and I will definitely be on the lookout for the next edition. This baby is filled with summaries and excerpts of some of the most anticipated reads of the upcoming months, It even comes with a handy link at the end of each excerpt that leads you right to the spot to read or request the full book version of each sample. One of my favorite things to do is read all the lists of books that will be coming out soon so this was one of the best things to happen to me in awhile. I just wish that I hadn't just learned about it now! Enjoy, reader friends!
Good way to read a small sample of books that are coming out this year.
Great to try books before committing to reading the whole thing
Brilliant way to try new genres or authors new to you.
I always look forward to these Buzz Books seasonal releases. It's fun to see what books are coming out so I can preorder or add them to my TBR. And this one didn't disappoint! I find them to be fairly thorough and cover a lot of genres and varying interests.
So many amazing books to look forward to. Some I already had my eye on but I didn’t know all of them. So glad this was published so I could look into new authors and titles.
Getting the Buzz Books catalog reminds of the Christmas season when we would get all the toy catalogs from the department stores!
Thanks again for the sneak peak at what is soon to be released.
Super exciting to be able to read excerpts from some very talented writers! Looking forward to reading the whole books!
At the beginning of every year, I am awaiting the BUZZ BOOKS Spring/Summer - Publishers Lunch edition with anticipation. And also their 2021 edition does not disappoint.
Featuring excerpts from the works of well-known authors such as Viet Thanh Nguyen, Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, Morgan Jenkins, and many more - up to Debut writers: Gabriela Garcia, Miranda Cowley Heller, Nancy Tucker ... this issue comes with a colourful choice of Fiction and Non-Fiction books released in 2021.
What I would appreciate is a special section for crime and thriller novels, perhaps also for historical fiction. While these are mentioned in the overall Preview section (including a release date in brackets), it would be wonderful to be able to get excerpts also for these categories.
Overall though, I have enjoyed browsing through the upcoming titles for this year and 2021 promises to become another wonderful year for every reader.
This is my first opportunity to read through a buzz books sampler and I absolutely loved it! I read all of the book summaries that were included and many of the book excerpts and even requested a couple of ARC from NetGalley.
Thoroughly recommend this and I wish there were more of these types of book summaries compiled for specific genres!
Thank you for the sneak peek at a fantastic line-up of books coming out this spring and summer. I requested quite a few of these books based on the excerpt I was able to read.
Thank you to NetGalley and Publishers Lunch for allowing me to read Buzz Books 2021: Spring/Summer! After previewing the last edition of Buzz Books, I knew this was a release I couldn't miss. It provides me a great way to preview various titles to see if I would like to add them to my TBR and/or preorder them. Buzz Books gives me the opportunity to dabble in different genres and gets me excited for my next season of reading. I particularly enjoy the catalogs that publishers provide which include their specific upcoming releases but this makes it simple and easy.
I love receiving this magazine listing buzzy upcoming books. I always find books to add to my "to be read" list.
It's always great to get to see excerpts from upcoming books to get a feeling for the coming spring/summer. Thank you Publisher's Lunch for this round-up, definitely writing some of them in for future reviews, since the prose has piqued my interest. I definitely recommend checking this out to get ready for the next season.
Buzz Books is always such a great resource featuring forthcoming books. This season's has four sections: fiction, debut, nonfiction, and young adult.
I'm highly anticipating Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's Good Company, Kristen Arnett's With Teeth, Kaitlyn Greenidge's Libertie, Imbolo Mbue's How Beautiful We Were, and about three dozen other titles. I was excited to learn about Come Fly the World by Julia Cooke, Mergers and Acquisitions by Cate Doty, and Alison Bechdel's latest.
I'm aware it'd make the book much longer, but I do wish Buzz Books would include even a 1-sentence description of each title where they list the author, title, publisher, and publication date - though thankfully I can pop open Google while reading and look those up myself! Grateful for what they do offer and look forward to all these great books coming out.
I know this technically isn't like a...book-book but this was a great overview for what I'll be adding to my GoodReads want-to-read list for 2021! I didn't know about a lot of these titles, thank you!
I look forward to Buzz Books previews every year/season! It makes it so easy to find out about upcoming books all in one place.
An excellent collection of books releasing for Spring/Summer 2021. There were several books from authors that I love that I was not aware were releasing. In addition, there are many new authors to try, including a section specific to debut novels. In the back there are also excerpts of select books so that you can preview them before deciding to request them from NetGalley.
There's nothing I love more than building anticipation for upcoming book releases, and this Buzz Books increased my excitement for several launches this spring and summer. I particularly like that it includes both familiar authors and debuts, so I can expand my reading and find new authors to love. It's also helpful that it includes excerpts from the book, so I can get a feel for the writing style. My TBR list is much longer thanks to this recap.
This season's BUZZ BOOKS 2021: SPRING/SUMMER offers a vast array of wonderful books from experienced as well as debut authors -- I got lost in the wealth of new books being launched and cannot wait to read many of them in full. As always, I appreciated the organization and presentation of what can be a virtual flood of appealing and life-changing reads. I received an advance copy of this guide from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.
This is my first time checking out one of these previews for Netgalley. I love that they do this so I can see what books are upcoming to read and request and share. I love how it includes a section for debuts as well.
It's the first Buzz Book I read and found it interesting as it helped me to discover new authors and read sampler of interesting book.
You would think that given the surfeit of books being published, it would be a relatively simple matter of choosing what to read next. Actually, this is probably one of the most daunting tasks facing any committed reader.
I often experience ‘reader anxiety’ when I approach the end of one book, as the question is already at the back of my mind: What am I going to read next? (This could explain why I always juggle several books at once, as it resolves the problem through continuous reading. But that is another story).
‘Buzz Books’ originally introduced me to Netgalley, another fantastic resource for readers, as is PublishersMarketplace for back-end insight into the industry. What I love about these samplers is that they represent a comprehensive overview of upcoming books, from fiction (literary and commercial) to debuts and non-fiction.
My only caveat is that there is no SF/Horror/Fantasy section. There is a full listing at the beginning, followed by extracts from select books. I also appreciate the fact that the actual covers and synopses are given, as this allows for a quick overview and assists with visual identification when a particular book pops up on one’s radar further down the line.
Purists might raise their eyebrows at the merest hint of an ‘extract’, with its hint of Reader’s Digest abbreviation, but I for one consider the beginning of any book crucial to determine if I am going to commit time to it. And ‘Buzz Books’ is just that, a collection that allows the reader to effortlessly sample a range of different beginnings, in that elusive search for the next happy ending.
Incredibly useful resource to inform avid readers about all of the books due out this year. Love the excerpts and links!
Great guidebook to learn about upcoming releases in Spring and Summer of 2021. A lot of times I hear about a book, read reviews, but I'd love to get a taste for the writing style and technique. Buzz Books allows me to do that by including excerpts to new popular releases. I am looking forward to a lot of these books based on the excerpts. I also enjoyed how the book was organized, making it easy for me to find books based on my interests.
I really love reading these samplers. I have found books that I normally wouldn't read because they weren't my preferred genre. I am excited at a few I read that I went ahead and requested full copies of. I really hope you will continue to do these in the future. I enjoy reading a sample before committing to the whole book.
Once again I have the privilege of sampling spring and summer titles ahead of their publication dates. I have already requested some to be reviewed, listed others to be read and had the unique experience of finding titles I had already finished. Thanks, NetGalley, for this enriching experience. Keep them coming.
What a treasure trove of book selections!! Great excerpts to read make it easy to see whether reading the book is something to do. I found several books that sounded interesting - - books that otherwise I might not have known about.
I've seen these Buzz Books before but this is the first one I read - - it won't be the last!!
Loved the zoom program and opportunity to read an excerpt from a diverse array of books to be published this spring and summer.
There are some great books coming out this year, and I'm super excited for them all.
I'm particularly looking forward to The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim, The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray, and The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner.
Love reading this to find out the upcoming releases! I always find so many new authors and books to add to my TBR list.
The story I am most anticipating in this Buzz Books 2021: Spring/Summer collection is Julie Murphy's If the Shoe Fits. I love reading modern day versions of fairy tales that are unique and have their own spin on them. I love the voice of the main character, Cindy. I am excited to see the direction in which this rom-com goes. Seeing rom-coms represent people who haven't been represented before is so great to see, and I will definitely be reading this entire novel when it comes out.
Representation (based on excerpt): fat main character
Thank you so much for this incredible resource. I eagerly await each edition, excited to explore the new season of publications. Buzz Books is a gift!
I love these previews- I'm always looking forward to the new issue. They help me get a jump on the ordering for my library, and to get my patrons excited about upcoming titles. Keep them coming!
Thanks Netgalley for allowing me to read this book. I enjoyed reading the summaries of all the books that will be coming out later this year from both new and existing authors that I like.
I always enjoy when Buzz Books comes out so I can get a sneak peek of some of the new books coming out in 2021. This was a great look into what I might like and I have added several books to my TBR pile. It's a quick read and very informative!!
What a fantastic resource to tap into. I have already requested some full copies through Netgalley as I was hooked by the samples. Will definitely keep some of these on my radar this year. Thank you for allowing me access to Buzz Books netgalley.
The Buzz Books are a huge highlight of my year - the sample chapters are intriguing, and the opportunity to find some of the big works of the year before their release is always exciting. It also gives one of the best overall "temperatures" of the industry, being impressively able to pick out and offer some of the best upcoming books the year has to offer.
Love getting this each season to preview books coming! It’s super helpful in making decisions about books I’m not sure about.
This is a comprehensive listing of books being published spring/summer 2021, with excerpts from some of them. It provides a great opportunity to construct a “to read” list for the coming months.
“You can’t tell from the outside, but the IRA has this city under its thumb. They run security rackets. Every building site has to pay them protection money, and all the restaurants in west Belfast have doormen.
. . .
MI5 comes here to test new methods, to build capacity, to prepare its agents for their real fight, which is against international terror groups. We’re only their training ground.”
from Northern Spy
Oh, there are some good ones here! As always, there’s something for almost everybody. Each entry, whether from an established or a debut author, has a reasonably detailed introduction to the book followed by an excerpt of a chapter or so. The Goodreads blurbs probably come from the same publicity and will give you a brief idea, too.
This publication is divided into Fiction, Debut Fiction, Non-fiction, and Young Adult. I have a quick look at each introduction (often a page or more long) and then read the selections that appeal to me. I tend to skim or skip what look like light romances or chick lit and avoid horror and dragon-wizard fantasy, but even then, I never say never.
I’ll just mention a few that I’d like to read myself. The first quote is from Northern Spy by Flynn Berry, about two sisters, one of whom is asked by police where the other is. They say her sister has joined the IRA - could she be held hostage? It reads well and the author's first book won an Edgar Award (mystery) for best first novel.
My next choice is Viet Thanh Nguyen's latest, The Committed a follow-up to The Sympathizer, which I haven’t read and wasn’t planing to. It won the Pulitzer Prize but had such mixed reviews, I figured I wouldn’t like it. Having read a chapter or two of this one, I can see I love the quirky style that I think irritated other readers. (Takes all kinds, eh?)
The protagonists are Vietnamese men, newly landed in Paris and offered hashish by one’s “aunt”. There's enough background for me to know they've come from prison and desperate circumstances, and this woman's elegant lifestyle is foreign to them (but enjoyed).
“Marijuana was what hippies and teenagers smoked, its symbol the terminally unfashionable band called the Grateful Dead, whom Yves Saint-Laurent would have lined up and shot for popularizing tie-dyed T-shirts. Hashish evoked the Levant and the souk, the strange and the exciting, the decadent and the aristocratic. One might try marijuana in Asia, but in the Orient, one smoked hashish.
. . .
Given their gastronomic peculiarities for eating brains, guts, snails, and the like, the French were honorary Asians in their heroic determination to eat every kind and part of an animal.”
from The Committed
The Lowering Days is a debut by Gregory Brown and looks like a winner to me. It’s told by one of the sons of an alternative (my term) couple who live on the Penobscot River in Maine, where father builds wooden boats but doesn’t charge customers enough (to mother's annoyance). There is description of the old ways and now talk of a push to reopen an old paper mill. Mother decides to publish a paper and call it The Lowering Days. When told this sounds ominous, she says “People don't pay for cheer.”
“Over the years she’d sometimes tell people the name came from her great-grandfather, who’d been a doctor up the Penobscot in Prospect and also routinely presided over funerals, gathering the townspeople in mourning on these lowering days, as he called them, when a body was sent into the earth. Other times she said the name came from the birthing day for a boat, the lowering day, when the finished hull was first slipped into the waiting sea.” from The Lowering Days
The references to death and birth remind me of the shorthand often used for the section of the newspaper referred to as Hatch, Match, and Dispatch, although there’s no matching included here.
Another appealing debut is The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin, about a 17-year-old girl with terminal cancer, who tells us that the nurses keep correcting themselves and saying “life-limiting condition” instead. Of course, I immediately reminded myself of the black humour that says birth is a terminal disease.
But I digress. In this excerpt, Lenni has discovered she can visit a part of the hospital she’s never seen – the chapel. And they have to let her go there! An adventure, of sorts. At least it's somewhere new.
“I wheeled my drip behind me and as I reached the pew, I tied my dressing gown more tightly around my waist. ‘Can you tell God I’m sorry about my pajamas?’ I asked as I sat.
‘You just told him. He’s always listening,’ Father Arthur said as he sat beside me. I looked up at the cross.
‘So tell me, Lenni, what brings you to the chapel today?’
‘I’m thinking about buying a secondhand BMW.’”
from The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot
I hope to meet Lenni and the 83-year-old Margot who between them have 100 years, hence the title.
I’m interested in Her Here, the debut of Amanda Dennis* about a young woman who accepts the task of tracking down someone’s missing daughter. I gather her own memory issues get mixed up with the journals she’s reading to find the missing person.
“Her is Ella. She is so alive in her journals, the way I want to be. Looking for her feels urgent, a task with clear edges, purpose. She is someone I might love.”
. . .
“In the coldness of her face, I wanted to find that smile again. It was my mother’s.”
from Her Here
*Note, this is not the Amanda Dennis that the Goodreads entry links to. This is her first book and here is her website. https://www.amandadennis.net/home
My last selection sounds like my kind of historical mystery, An Unlikely Spy, although I bet I wouldn't have picked it up because of the cover. Shouldn't judge.
England. Evelyn and Stephen have met for their weekly drink and are chatting, not quite as a couple, but not quite as not a couple. We don't know. He has actually said he must go to Italy for a month and will miss her. Would she consider going with him?
As she seems to stall a bit, he says quickly that she doesn’t have to answer now, and he thinks he’d like another whisky. He leaves the table to go to the bar, and Evelyn looks out the window, seeing a little girl and a woman, browsing at a picture card stand.
“Evelyn watched the graceful swoop of her gloved hand until, almost as if she sensed she was being watched, the woman turned. Her eyes met Evelyn’s and what followed was a moment of perfect calm, just as the air had felt before a shell dropped.”
from An Unlikely Spy
The woman comes in, “the past” is spoken of, the War Office is mentioned, and Stephen is confused. Evelyn worked in a hospital during the war . . . didn’t she?
Plenty to choose from! Thanks to NetGalley and PublishersLunch for my copy, but if you’d like to read their Buzz Books without using NetGalley, they are all available for download on their own website. Lots of genres, too. You’ve got nothing to lose but more sleep, right?
Please note that all of these quotations are from preview copies and may well have changed by the time the books are in print. I just hope to give some idea of what appealed to me.
These covers may change, too, of course.
Northern Spy by Flynn Berry The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen The Lowering Days by Gregory Brown The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin Her Here by Amanda Dennis An Unlikely Spy by Rebecca Starford
I discovered Buzz Book a while ago and now I have come to look forward to them. I waste no time in jumping on each new edition; it's such a great way to preview upcoming titles! This one is packed with four sections: fiction, debut, nonfiction and young adult. There's really something for everyone, from returning favorites like Viet Thanh Nguyen to new voices like Sarah Penner (The Lost Apothecary).
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.