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A bookish look ahead....

Random House Canada had their bloggers conference earlier this week, and a select few had the honour of taking a sneak peak into the year ahead. And what a year, it's going to be. 

On the top of the list, fans of Crazy Rich Asians will be ecstatic to know that Kevin Kwan is going to be back with the sequel, China Rich Girlfriend. This wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret emails, art world scandal and lovesick billionaires, continues the outrageous story of Rachel Chu and Nicholas Young. It is still ironic how somehow we can all "relate" to this crazy world of the rich and famous. Perhaps Crazy Rich Asians has that same appeal as Sex And The City did. Either way, we can't wait for this book and the movie to be released. China Rich Girlfriend releases June 16, 2015. I sincerely hope Kevin Kwan makes it to Toronto for a book signing. I imagine him landing on the the top of the Shagrila Hotel in style. Fingers crossed everyone. 

A Robot In The Garden by Deborah Install is high on my curiosity list. Touted as a funny, touching, charming, wish and a bit magical, the novel explores what it is to be a man, a sentient being and even a parent. It's a story about Ben Chambers finding an endearing robot in his backyard. My first instinct was to compare this to one of my favourite Pixar Movies, Wall-e. But I don't know whether that would be a fair comparison. Either way, my robot senses will be on high alert because A Robot In The Garden will be on sale in August. 

If you're a fan of Gretchen Rubin as I am, Better Than Before is her new release. It tackles the question: How do we make good habits that are easy, effortless, and automatic? You don't have to wait for long for this book, because it will be at a bookstore near you next month. 

Bet Kate Atkinson's fans can't wait for A God In Ruins, the sequel after Life After Life. Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl, refers to Kate's new book as, "one of the best novel's I've read this century". 

Kelly Armstrong needs no introduction and come August, fans can own her new book in the Cainsville Series, Deceptions

Cookbooks and Baking Books 

Good Food, Good Life by Curtis Stone's 

Seven Spoons by Tara O'Brady 

The Great Rotisserie Chicken Cookbook by Eric Akis

The Sweetapolita Bakebook by Rosie Alyea 

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Shopaholics will delight in Sophie Kinsella's new release in June: Finding Audrey. It will be a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain. 

New York Times Best-selling author Judy Blume will be back with In The Unlikely Event, most likely June. But stay tuned for a very likely event by the author herself in Toronto on June 29th (she mentioned it to me via Twitter earlier this week). 

In May, Tundra Books will release Susin Nielsen's We Are All Made Of Molecules, a story about a sweet awkward boy and a not-so-sweet girl, written in alternate voices. A bit of background about Susin Nielson: she used to write for the original Degrassi series.  

But before that, in April Tundra Books comes out with Snow White And The 77 Dwarfs by David Cali and Raphaelle Barbanegre. Very curious about this picture book for ages 3-7, and stay tuned for a review on this blog. 

The Night Shades by celebrated, bestselling author Jane Urquhart, to be released in April, is a magnificent, elegiac and compelling novel of intersecting lives, set mainly in Ireland in the 1950s and in the years before the war. I recently met Jane Urquhart at a private event at Random House Canada, and what a lovely down-to-earth person. Can't wait to start reading this book. 

The List Is Never Ending

March 2015
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro 
Someone Is Watching by Joy Fielding 
The Wild Oats Project by Robin Rinaldi 

April 2015
The Mountain Story by Lori Larsens 
The Winter Family by Clifford Jackman

May 2015
Free Days With George by Colin Campbell
Boo by Neil Smith

Thanks Random House Canada for enriching our lives with great reads and inspiring content.