Here's what I have stacked up to read next:
→ GATHERING OF WATERS by Bernice L. McFadden - I didn't get to this book in April, but now I've started reading it, and the opening is intriguing. The story is set in Money, Mississippi, where Emmett Till was murdered. However, it begins long before then, with some earlier inhabitants of the town. I'm looking forward to seeing how the tale unfolds.
→ SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY by Mary Robinette Kowal - The author is one of the hosts of the excellent podcast Writing Excuses, and in addition to being a writer, she's a puppeteer. (This has nothing to do with the novel, but is awesome.) SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY adopts the style and society of Jane Austen's novels and places them in a world that contains magic. Since I recently read and enjoyed my first Austen, I've been curious to read this book.
→ GONE, GONE, GONE by Hannah Moskowitz - This young adult novel was released a couple of weeks ago, and Hannah posted about why the book is so important to her. It takes place in the Washington DC area during the 2002 sniper attacks. I previously read and was impressed by Hannah's INVINCIBLE SUMMER.
→ THE LEGEND OF PRADEEP MATHEW by Shehan Karunatilaka - This upcoming release is the next pick for the Bookrageous book club. I know it has something to do with cricket, and this piqued my interest because despite my expectations, I really liked another novel about cricket, NETHERLAND by Joseph O'Neill.
Good Stuff Out There:
→ Edan Lepucki reports for The Millions on her experience giving away books on World Book Night: "Others eyed me and the baby skeptically, as if trying to discern if we were members of a religious cult. One guy thought I was offering him a book I had written -- and it was clear he did not want that. I found myself exclaiming, 'This won the Pulitzer Prize a few years ago!' -- and I was heartened to see that the phrase made a difference."