In the past few weeks, I’ve actually been able to get through a decent amount of Netgalley books (more than last month, at least). I’ve been in a non-fiction mood for the past several weeks, so be warned that most of these are more educational (if that isn’t your cup of tea). Regardless of your interests, however, these books deserve a second look and a little hype as they are opened to the public!
- Vinyl Freak: Love Letters to a Dying Medium by John Corbett (June 2nd) - John Corbett is a vinyl freak - he’s collected more vinyls than most people have ever seen and he knows the history and stories behind most of them, even the strange and obscure ones. In this book, Corbett shares his column about his vinyl collection and the records that make it up. Anyone with an interest in music will enjoy this, though those with a jazz background will especially appreciate and love this book.
- Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen (June 20th) - This in-depth look at society’s perspective of currently pop culture icons is a must-read for anyone with an interest in gender studies. I really enjoyed this book and found it to be a fascinating look at how different celebrities can show us how society views (and what society expects) of women. This is a good gateway into learning more about women’s issues and gender studies.
- Vice Capades: Sex, Drugs, and Bowling from the Pilgrims to the Present by Mark Stein (July 1st) - Mark Stein’s history of vice in America is entertaining, educational, and even shocking at times. This book is conversational and easy to read while still giving the reader a feel for and understanding of societal approaches to sex, drugs, and other sins throughout American history. I recommend this for those with an interest in changing mentalities or general histories.
- Love and Other Alien Experiences by Kerry Winfrey (July 11th) - This cute and quirky YA contemporary romance about dealing with anxiety and getting outside your comfort zone is adorable and hilarious and ridiculously fun. Recommended for lovers of nerdy heroines.
- The Hideout by Egon Hostovský (July 25th) - A fascinating WWII story told from a unique perspective, this short novel is an excellent read for anyone. It will keep you on your toes, make you groan at the mistakes of our characters, and make you ask what you would do in the hero’s place. I highly recommend this for anyone with an interest in WWII or stories told in a unique way.
What upcoming books are you excited about? What just-released books are you enjoying? Do any of these books strike your fancy?