Highly anticipated 2015 releases to add to your TBR list.

For the 2015 Reading Challenge, I’m blogging through one category per month, in order. (Don’t worry—you don’t have to read them in order.)

This month we’re tackling category #2: “a book published this year.” I already shared the books I can’t wait to read in 2015; today I’m sharing 8 more books that are being published this year.

Please note: unlike most of the books that appear on this blog, I haven’t read these. For these forthcoming (or just-published) books, I’m right there with you: anticipating the new titles and crossing my fingers that they’ll be good.


That being said, these 7 2015 releases are on my TBR list, and might deserve a place on yours:

Almost Famous Women

Almost Famous Women

Published January 6. This short story collection delves into the lives of women who are—as the title puts it—were almost famous: Oscar Wilde's niece, Lord Byron's illegitimate daughter, Edna St. Vincent Millay's sister.

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Happiness for Beginners

Happiness for Beginners

Published March 24. Katherine Center writes warm, engaging fiction that engages with the issues that matter to real women. I've enjoyed her previous 4 novels; looking forward to #5. (And such a great cover!) More info →
Trigger Warning

Trigger Warning


Neil Gaiman is hit or miss for me: sometimes he's too dang scary. Despite that, I think I may tackle this short story collection, which I've heard lets you appreciate his range in a way his novel-length work can't.

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The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant


Coming March 3. Readers with great taste are raving fans of Ishiguro's work. I'm looking forward to reading his new one, even though I still haven't read his best-known work The Remains of the Day.

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The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You

The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You

Coming February 17. Real-life time management for the busy woman: a topic I'm always interested in, as are many MMD readers. More info →
A God in Ruins

A God in Ruins

Coming May 5. The companion to the inventive Life After Life, which used a striking structure to explore multiple versions of the life of Ursula Todd. This time, the story follows Ursula Todd's younger brother, Teddy, "as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century." More info →
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Coming September 22. I haven't read any of Gilbert's books, but I adored her TED talk on the subject and have loved her short work on creativity. I'll be reading this (and maybe The Signature of All Things in the meantime).

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Coming November 10. I blew through Fairest last week and now I can't wait to read this fifth and last installment of The Lunar Chronicles. Come on, November!

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What 2015 releases are on YOUR reading list?

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  1. Kayris says:

    The final in a YA series I love (Virals by Kathy and Brendan Reichs) is coming in March, and a short story e-book in about 3 weeks.

    Looking forward to Laura Lippman’s latest and Judy Blume’s new one for adult readers.

  2. Karen says:

    Thanks for the heads up on the Katherine Center book! Always finding books to add to my list, but the latest are My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh, and The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith. I am also curious about Single, Carefree, Mellow by Katherine Heiny, because I keep seeing it recommended. Have all three on hold at the library so we will see!

  3. Anne says:

    Wow, that’s two big releases for Elizabeth Gilbert lately. She’s been busy! I didn’t know about Katherine Center; didn’t she write The Lost Husband? I really liked that one. I am looking forward to Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before and Laura Vanderkam’s I Know How She Does It.

  4. Anna says:

    Man, if you’d posted this tomorrow you would definitely have included Harper Lee’s new book!! It’s coming out the day after my birthday which is perfect!

  5. Kim S. says:

    I’m excited for Toni Morrison’s new one “God Bless the Child”. Love Kate Atkinson, so I’m glad to hear about that. Dennis Lehane’s “World Gone By” looks great. Also, if you like historical fiction, I recommend Jennifer Chiaverini’s “Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule” which comes out in a few weeks.

  6. Heather says:

    I’m looking forward to Elizabeth Gilbert’s book — loved her TED talk, too! Fringe Hours sounds like something I need, too.

    As for books being published this year, I’m excited (though, as an aspiring writer myself, I’m also pretty darn jealous!) to read two books that were written by my friends: Illusionarium by Heather Dixon (her first book was Entwined, which is a lot of fun) and Shutter by Courtney Alameda.

    Thanks for the book recommendations, as always. 🙂

  7. Dana says:

    Wow, just read about Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee. Very excited about that. To Kill a Mockingbird is my all time favorite novel! I re-read it every couple of years.


    Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How busy you Are. By Danny Gregory. I love Danny Gregory’s take on art and life. He has written several wonderful books about art and how it saves our lives… release date Feb. 17 To get to know him read his first book Every Day Matters.

    I am Radar by Reif Larsen. release date Feb 24
    He wrote one of my favorite books, the quirky, different and totally wonderful The Selected Writings of T.S. Spivet. I have been waiting and waiting for his next book.

    The Blue Spool Of Thread by Anne Tyler. This is supposedly going to be her last novel. She is one of my all time favorite writers. Her earlier works are among my favorites. Her last couple have been not as good so I am hopeful for this one. Release date Feb 10.

    First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen . This one came out Jan 20. I am 72 on the list at the library…I have enjoyed her quirky magical realism novels. They are quick reads. This one is a sequel to her first novel Garden Spells. I want to re-read that one first which is why I don’t my position at the library. If I get impatient I may ask for it for my birthday! : ) Of course I am on the waiting list for Garden Spells as well.

  8. Sounds like some great books to add to my list! I’m excited for Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers coming out in September. I’m possibly biased because I know her IRL, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be fantastic.

  9. Torrie says:

    I personally really disliked The Signature of All Things while I quite liked Eat Pray Love. I’ll be interested to read your review of Signature and see what you think–it was a bit too sex-obsessed and long-winded for me (not to mention pretty darn depressing but not in a good way!)

  10. Donna says:

    Thanks for sharing these, Anne! I’ll be adding Big Magic to my list. There are sooo many good reads coming out this year. I am really excited about A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders out on February 24, Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight out on April 14, and Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius which hits shelves May 12.

  11. Emily Childress-Campbell says:

    Two continuations in YA series I adore: Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman and The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. Also The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro and OF COURSE Go Set a Watchman by Haper Lee.

  12. Lee Ann says:

    I also have The Buried Giant, A God in Ruins, and Go Set a Watchman on my list for this year.

    I just finished a novel called The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble; since I got it as one of Amazon’s Kindle First promotions, I was pleasantly surprised to find it was very good. I haven’t had much luck with the quality of Kindle First promos before now. Here’s the description:

    “There is no cure for being who you truly are…

    In a cottage high atop Llanfair Mountain, sixteen-year-old Clara lives with her sister, Maren, and guardian Auntie. By day, they gather herbs for Auntie’s healing potions. By night, Auntie spins tales of faraway lands and wicked fairies. Clara’s favorite story tells of three orphan infants—Clara, who was brought to Auntie by a stork; Maren, who arrived in a seashell; and their best friend, O’Neill, who was found beneath an apple tree.

    One day, Clara discovers shimmering scales just beneath her sister’s skin. She realizes that Maren is becoming a mermaid—and knows that no mermaid can survive on land. Desperate to save her, Clara and O’Neill place the mermaid-girl in their gypsy wagon and set out for the sea. But no road is straight, and the trio encounters trouble around every bend. Ensnared by an evil troupe of traveling performers, Clara and O’Neill must find a way to save themselves and the ever-weakening mermaid.

    And always, in the back of her mind, Clara wonders, if my sister is a mermaid, then what am I?”

  13. I know this post is two months old now, but I read the YA new release All the Bright Places. I am so hoping you read this book and give your thoughts on it. It has been compared to Eleanor & Park and TFIOS and has mostly great reviews. But there was just something about it I didn’t like and I’m wondering if I’m the only person. I absolutely loved Eleanor & Park and TFIOS.

    • Anne says:

      I read the reviews and decided to pass. Now I want to read it so I can see what you’re talking about, but of course your comments don’t exactly make me want to rush out and get myself a copy. 😉

      • Melanie says:

        haha! True! It is a sensitive subject matter of course and could be triggers for people. And maybe that is what the problem is for me, it felt hopeless. And although not every story has a happy ending, and I certainly don’t need that, they can still leave of us with a sense of hope. For me, this didn’t. And being YA, along with the subject matter, I feel it could be borderline dangerous in the wrong hands of a young person suffering from mental illness.
        I know I don’t make you want to rush out and buy it for sure now! But if and when you do, looking forward to your take on it.

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