Book Buzz: The Novels to Look for on the Shelves


Courtesy of Elena Rouse

Entries from Robert Galbraith’s “The Cormoran Strike” Series

Elena Rouse, Staff Writer & Grant Carter

Get the inside scoop on some of the latest novels to hit the shelves, with some of the most highly anticipated books covering a wide range of genres, authors and interests.

If You Need a Good Drama Fix…. “American Royals” (2019) by Katherine McGee.

“American Royals” has all the dystopian drama anyone could need. The story follows four characters involved with the American royal family. What is the American royal family? Well, after the Revolutionary War, George Washington was not asked to be president, but instead was asked to be king. This story goes off the idea that Washington didn’t refuse a new hierarchy and instead started an Americanized royal government. The book has everything one could possibly want in a drama read: forbidden romance, betrayal, secrets and friendship. There are twists at every turn, intertwined with fast paced intensity, so this story is not one to miss. Plus, the highly anticipated sequel “Majesty” was just released, so a continuation of the royal drama is at one’s disposal.

If You Want to Gain Some Perspective… “Such a Fun Age” (2019) by Kiley Reid.

This comedic yet poignant novel speaks on the issues of racism and privilege in the United States. The novel follows Emira, an English major and part-time babysitter for the upper class Chamberlain family. When Emira is babysitting and gets approached by a police officer in a grocery store for being African American with a white child, the worlds of Emira and the Chamberlain family are forever altered. Extremely relevant as it is touching, this novel provides insights on racism, womanhood and adulthood all in a span of one highly popular novel. A pick for Reese Witherspoon’s book club, this piece is essential to read to continue developing an understanding of the ways of the world and what needs change.

If You Want to Face the Big Questions… “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” (2018) by Yuvul Noah Harari.

Having already presented his take on the distant past and future in his best sellers “Sapiens” and “Homo Deus,” Harari turns his gaze to the present. Comprising several essays about a vast range of topics, “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” has already become a cult classic for history lovers, addressing some of the most prevalent questions as the world proceeds further past the turn of the millenia. This poignant and insightful take on modern discourse is written for readers of any age and background, making for an instant favorite read. Every chapter is certain to introduce ideas that will leave a lasting impression on your perception of the world and will likely make you feel smarter as a result.

If You Need a Mystery to Solve… “The Cuckoo’s Calling” (2013) by Robert Galbraith.

Penned under “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling’s latest pseudonym, Robert Galbraith, this story follows private detective Cormoran Strike, who is struggling to make ends meet. That is, until he gets asked to uncover the truth about what really happened to the famous Lula Laundry, a model who everyone assumed committed suicide. Now, Strike and his new temp, Robin, must dive headfirst into the world of celebrities, family secrets and police push back to uncover the twisted truth.

Featuring in-depth character development and a riveting mystery, this novel, along with the others in the series, is an ideal choice for a mind-bending mystery fix. The fifth novel in the series, “Lethal White,” is set to be released this month.

If You Want a New Conspiracy to Uncover… “Killers of the Flower Moon” (2017) by Jon Krakauer.

In 1920s Osage County, Oklahoma, a sinister conspiracy was unfolding around the area’s newfound oil reserves and the local Native Americans residing on top of them. The events exposed deep-seated sentiments of money, murder and racial injustice, which would eventually conceive what is now known as the FBI. Although Krakauer’s novel first hit the shelves in 2017, it was recently confirmed to be the subject of Martin Scorsese’s next feature film, starring the likes of Robert DeNiro and Leonardo DiCaprio.