Of all the books released today, I'm most excited about these two:
Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life by Laura Thompson. Agatha Christie the KWEEN of mysteries. She published sixty-six murder mysteries, a few plays, some short stories, and a handful of romance novels. She has sold over a billion copies and brings home the bronze for most books published world wide; losing out to Shakespeare and the Bible. So, she didn't do too bad for herself.
Her personal life, like the characters she created, was quite mysterious. After marrying her first husband, publishing a few novels, and becoming one of the first Brits to learn to surf while stand upright, Agatha asked her husband for a divorce, citing his infidelity as the reason. He left. She disappeared. Like, no one could find her. A huge manhunt ensued. Her car, an expired driver's license, and some clothes were found, but no Agatha. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, hired a medium in an attempt to track her down. I find this hilarious because it seems like something Sherlock Holmes would really, really hate. Anyway, Agatha reappeared eleven days later with no recollection of the time she was missing. It was never determined what exactly was wrong with her, though there are many theories. Was she in a fugue state? Was she trying to frame her husband for murder? Which is the exact plot of Gone Girl. Was it a publicity stunt? "Mystery author goes missing and has amnesia" seems like a great way to sell books. Biographer Laura Thompson speculates that the six romance novels, written under the name Mary Westmacott, may give us some insight into Agatha's missing days. Does she touch on it in this book? I have no idea. I'll have to read it to find out.
Children of Bone and Blood. First of all, the cover is rad. I know you aren't supposed to judge books by their covers, but I do. All the time. This book has magic, rebellion against the government, and a strong female lead. Basically the trifecta of awesome that pretty much guarantees I'm going to read something. I've needed a good young adult series in my life and I feel like this may be it.
But, most importantly, it would appear that Jimmy Pat, who I LOVE TO HATE, does not have book coming out today. He's taking the week off; good for him.
If none of these books suit you, here's a link to ALL the books out today.
Or, if you need your Jimmy Pat fix, you can find all seventy thousand of his books here.