Spot-Lit for May 2014

In May, this reader is particularly looking forward to the next installment of My Struggle and the books, largely grounded in the written word, History of the Rain, and The Word Exchange. But your tastes may point you toward new books by Michael Cunningham (transcendent emotional inner worlds), Anthony Doerr (intertwined voices in WWII France), or Peter Heller (his second novel, following his popular The Dog Stars). Mystery readers pining for Spenser might try Wolverine Bros. Freight &Storage; and for those of you who like western-themed mysteries, definitely take a look at Any Other Name. Thriller fans may want to grab I Am Pilgrim, Natchez Burning, or Prayer. If you go in for the paranormal, check out the zombie thriller Omega Days, or Charlaine Harris’s (of Sookie Stackhouse fame) new series opener Midnight Crossroad. For steampunk fans there’s Highfell Grimoires. And in romance, you’ll find a range from contemporary to chick-lit to urban fantasy to inspirational.

Read more about May’s Spot-Lit picks by clicking on the titles and reading the summaries or reviews.

General Fiction / Literary Fiction

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham

History of the Rain by Niall Williams

The Painter by Peter Heller

My Struggle: Book Three by Karl Ove Knausgaard

First Novels

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

The Book of You by Claire Kendal

All That Is Solid Melts Into Air by Darragh McKeon

Remember Me Like This by Bret Johnston

The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon

Crime Fiction /Suspense

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles

Prayer by Philip Kerr

Any Other Name by Craig Johnson

Bred in the Bone by Christopher Brookmyre

Wolverine Bros. Freight &Storage by Steve Ulfelder

SF / Fantasy / Horror

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

My Real Children by Jo Walton

Queen of the Dark Things by C. Robert Cargill

Highfell Grimoires by Langley Hyde

Omega Days by John L. Campbell

Romance

Collide by Gail McHugh

Somebody Like You by Beth Vogt

Skinny Bitch Gets Hitched by Kim Barnouin

A Beautiful Distraction by Kelsie Leverich

Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire

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