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Our Most Anticipated Books of August


By Simon McDonald, Editorial Manager | simon@thereadingroom.com

There are some great books coming out this month. Here’s our selection of the 10 novels you should keep an eye out for. We’d love to hear what you’ll be reading too.

We Are not OurselvesWe Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

A stunning debut – the epic story of a family and an age. Thomas masterfully paints the sprawling portrait of a family that heroically weathers an extraordinary storm. It is wise to the ways in which people happen, over time and with each other. Read more.    

9780385352109Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki by Haruki Murakami

The long-awaited new novel—a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan—from the award-winning, internationally best-selling author Haruki Murakami. Read more.    

6th ExtinctionThe 6th Extinction by James Rollins

From millennia-old secrets out of the frozen past to mysteries buried deep in the darkest jungles of today, Sigma will face its greatest challenge to date: stopping the coming extinction of mankind. But is it already too late?

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The Narrow RoadThe Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. His life is a daily struggle to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from pitiless beatings. Until he receives a letter that will change him forever. The book recently made the Man Book Prize longlist. Read more.

 

Mean StreakMean Streak by Sandra Brown

This heart-pounding story of survival takes the age-old question, “Does the end justify the means?” and turns it on its head. A wildly compelling novel about love, deceit, and the choices we must make in order to survive. Read more.    

Captain UnderpantsCaptain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 by Dav Pilkey

When the Incredible Robo-Plunger defeated the evil Turbo Toilet 2000, George and Harold thought their toilet troubles were over. Unfortunately, their porcelain problems were only beginning . . . Read more.  

AdulteryAdultery by Paul Coelho

A woman attempts to overcome midlife ennui by rediscovering herself in a passionate relationship with a man who had been a friend in her youth. Read more.   The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman