There are SO many new books coming out in March. These are a very few of the titles I’m planning on picking up:
Burn Baby Burn, by Meg Medina
Outstanding historical fiction about family and friendship set in New York City during 1977, when tensions were excruciating for a lot of reasons, not least of which because there was a serial killer stalking the city. I’ve already read this one and LOVED IT—there’s so much complexity within the characters, their relationships, the issues they deal with, and Medina’s depiction of the time; see this column for MUCH MORE about how and why I loved it—and I’m excited to get a finished copy and read it again.
Seven Ways We Lie, by Riley Redgate
Multi-voiced story about the fallout of a teacher-student affair. The Kirkus reviewer praises the distinctness of the voices as well as the diversity, but had concerns about a lack of plot—they said it “feels like a collection of well-written character studies”—but as we all know, there’s a reader for every kind of book, because that sounds like catnip to me.
A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls, edited by Jessica Spotswood
I think I would be physically incapable of passing up a title like that, and with stories by J. Anderson Coats, Marie Lu, Kekla Magoon, and Leslye Walton? I am so in.
The Great American Whatever, by Tim Federle
I love Federle’s middle grade books—ages after reading them, walking by Five, Six, Seven, Nate! and Better Nate Than Ever on the bookshelf still makes me smile—so I have been very much looking forward to his YA debut, which sounds like it has something in common with his previous books: buckets of heart.
Exit, Pursued by a Bear, by E.K. Johnston
I usually steer clear of Super Buzzy books, but in this case, all of the buzz has been coming from Extremely Trusted Sources. Cheerleading and sexual assault and small-town life and rape culture and Shakespeare and abortion and justice. I want to read this one so badly that my hands are shaking.
The Steep and Thorny Way, by Cat Winters
More Shakespeare! I’ve been wanting to read this Hamlet reimagining—set in 1920s Oregon, starring a biracial girl—since I spotted it at the ALA Midwinter meeting.
On the Edge of Gone, by Corinne Duyvis
A story set in the future that actually features an intersectionally diverse cast, which stars an autistic heroine written by an autistic author? Yes, please. I want it, I want it, I want it.
A Study in Charlotte, by Brittany Cavallaro
A mystery starring the descendants of Holmes and Watson. I know, I know. There have been so many Holmes/Watson books in the last few years, and I’m reaching my limit as well. BUT. This one got a star from Kirkus and also makes the characters deal with their legacies, rather than allowing them to simply fall into recreating the classic Holmes/Watson dynamic. Worth a LOOK, at any rate.
Any others I should make the time (and space) for?
In addition to running a library in rural Maine, Leila Roy blogs at Bookshelves of Doom, is a contributor at Book Riot, hangs out on Twitter a lot—possibly too much—and watches a shocking amount of television. Her cat is a murderer.