Due to technical difficulties (namely, I can’t read a calendar), the August To-Read pile was posted last month instead of July’s. The good news is, the titles on this list are out now (or will be in another week or two), which means less waiting for you! See, I’m always looking out for my fellow impatient peeps. We’ll be back to our regular schedule next month, with September picks.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

It’s not just because Rowell and I are practically besties after I briefly met her at the APA’s audiobook dinner at PLA (at least, that’s how I remember the encounter going) that I’m including her book here. In this, her first novel for adults since 2011′s Attachments, Rowell explores what it means to correct our past mistakes and connect with our past selves. What would we do differently and how would each of those choices play out? “Georgie McCool discovers a way to communicate with her husband Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts. Is that what she’s supposed to do? Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?” For those of you who missed the APA dinner, Rowell is a passionate fan of audiobooks and is thrilled to have Rebecca Lowman back to narrate after being so pleased with her performance on Eleanor & Park. Check back next week for my interview with both Rowell & Lowman!

Audio published by Macmillan Audio. Available 7/8/2014.


The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe

I posted about this a few weeks ago, along with an interview with Rufi Thorpe, but I’ll keep talking about it until everyone I know has read it. I’m so excited that it’s finally out because it is torture not having anyone to talk to about it! This is a big debut that demands to be discussed. There is a lot going on in this: female friendship, motherhood, what our life choices say about us, what it even means to have choice, life, death, morality, it’s all here. Please read it so that I have someone to discuss it with before I burst!

Audio published by Random House Audio. Available 7/8/2014.


The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

New York Times bestselling author of Tiger Lily and Peaches Jodi Lynn Anderson returns with this haunting YA novel about friendship, love, loss, betrayal, and redemption. One of HarperCollins Publisher’s top titles for teens this summer, this should appeal to fans of Laurie Halse Anderson.

Audio published by HarperCollins Publishers. Available 7/1/2014.


The High Druid’s Blade: The Defenders of Shannara by Terry Brooks

The first stand-alone Shannara novel, this is the perfect jumping-in place for new readers of New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks. Three stand-alones will be published in quick succession, keeping reader momentum going. A perfect pick for patrons looking for something new to devour after Game of Thrones!

Audio published by Random House Audio. Available 7/8/2014.


Last Night at the Blue Angel by Rebecca Rotert

When a debut literary novel gets a 100,000 first print run, I pay attention. Set against the turbulence of 1960s Chicago and its legendary jazz scene, Last Night at the Blue Angel is a heartfelt mother-daughter tale about a talented but troubled singer’s relationship with her 10-year-old daughter. In poignant prose, Rotert explores “what happens when our passion for the life we want is at sharp odds with the life we have.” I expect this to be another summer title ripe for deep discussion.

Audio published by HarperCollins. Available 7/1/2014.


How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying by Carol Leifer

Don’t let the title fool you—this is no ordinary business title. Carol Leifer is an award-winning writer, producer, and stand-up comedian, a legend among television comedy, having blazed the trail for women in comedy with stints writing for Late Night with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, The Ellen Show, Modern Family, and The Larry Sanders Show. “This hilarious collection of essays charts her extraordinary three-decade journey through show business, illuminating her many triumphs and some missteps along the way—and offering valuable lessons for women and men in any profession.”

Audio published by Tantor Audio. Available 7/8/2014.


Audible’s A-List Collection

Audible’s A-List Collection features the world’s most celebrated actors narrating distinguished works of literature that each star had a hand in selecting. We love this program to bring new life to these beloved classics with Hollywood star power behind each narration. This is a great time to spruce up your classics collection with A-List editions. Check out:

The Awakening by Kate Chopin and narrated by Kim Basinger
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf and narrated by Annette Bening
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf and narrated by Nicole Kidman
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles and narrated by Jennifer Connelly

Happy listening!