My Favorite New Fiction Books

Over the past couple of months, I have been fortunate to read several new books that were quite special. It is certainly one of the biggest perks of working at a bookstore. We often receive advanced reader copies or ARCs from the publishers. They know if we read it and love it, we will buy it and share it with our customers.

It was hard to pare down the list to three and keep this post from being way too long! So, here are three recent fiction favorites…

Beartown by Fredrick Backman

The fourth book from a very talented author. He wrote A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She Was Sorry and Britt-Marie Was Here. All bestsellers, known for quirky characters and stories that make you laugh out loud and grab a tissue – sometimes while reading the same chapter!

Beartown is different. It is a darker story of a small town trying to survive. Pinning its hopes on a junior hockey team. If they win, they could get a new arena. New life for the town – they would be “back on the map”. There is so much more to say about the story and the characters, but I want you to discover the layers of this book on your own.

I think this is Backman’s best work. Yes, it is darker, but there are so many fascinating glimpses of humanity – good and bad – that create such a compelling read. After I finished the book I went online and read that this is the first of three stories. I was excited to read that!

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins