I've been a fan of Nick Hornby since High Fidelity (what 80s-born, angsty high schooler wasn't?) so I was excited to hear he came out with a new book. I've heard mixed reviews about the novel featuring a 1960s comedienne in London, but even a bad Hornby book is still an entertaining one.
DEAD WAKE: THE LAST CROSSING OF THE LUSITANIA
It's no secret that I'm a fan of Erik Larson. Staci's spring pick, In the Garden of Beasts got me hooked on his writing a few years ago. He has an incredible knack for writing about historical events (read: he's not boring!). This one's about the sinking of the Lusitania off the coast of Ireland. Ordinarily its not something I'd want to read about, but I trust Larson to bring the drama.
Brain On Fire
This book checks all my boxes -- memoir, medical mystery and on more than one "best of" lists. Who wouldn't want to find out what happens when a young woman wakes up in a hospital room, strapped to a bed, with no memory. Especially when said girl is a vibrant New Yorker and new writer for the NY Times. After a month of tests with no answers she's labeled violent and psychotic and is basically forced to investigate the illness for herself. It sounds like an incredible (and terrifying) real life episode of "House".
SO YOU'VE BEEN PUBLICLY SHAMED
Jon Ronson is ironically going through a Twitter-shaming right now for a line in his book about public shaming. But that's not why I want to read it. I actually saw him on The Daily Show a few weeks back and was fascinated by his account of how one girl tweeted something dumb, woke up a few hours later, and found herself trending on Twitter and fired from her job. Even without all the current publicity, I'd still be interested in reading Ronson's new book since I enjoyed his previous effort, The Psychopath Test. He's fair, witty, and thoroughly entertaining.
I WAS TOLD THERE'D BE CAKE
Sloan Crosley's been described as a "sass machine" so this one was a no-brainer. Plus, it's got references to Oregon Trail and plastic ponies so I already know I'm going to love it.
Now for some summer weather so I can break out my Kindle and get my beach reads on!