BookExpo Recap Part 3 — Book Haul 2: Forthcoming Books

Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery on WildmooBooks
One of my favorite covers of the year.

Last week I highlighted the books I picked up at BookExpo that are already published and out in the world (click here to see that post). This week I’m listing the titles that will be published later this year. There are even two coming out in 2019. As I mentioned in a previous post, I really tried to only take books that I think I will read this year, rather than all the books that looked good (and, let’s face it, that would be 80% of the thousands of books there!).

All links go to Goodreads except one, which is noted.


  • Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery by Andrew Shaffer from Quirk Books, July 10th. The cover of this book made me literally LOL when I first saw it. “Part noir thriller and part bromance novel, Hope Never Dies is essentially the first published work of Obama/Biden fanfiction—and a cathartic read for anyone distressed by the current state of affairs.”

I’ve started reading this one and am enjoying the humor. Biden is the narrator. To give you a taste, in this scene he’s visiting a nursing home: 

“I passed a room where twenty or so residents were lounging in front of a big-screen TV tuned to Fox News. Half were snoring. The other half, I assume, had advanced dementia — it was their only possible excuse for not changing the channel.”









So, there you have it.

These are all the forthcoming titles that came home with me from BookExpo. Last year I didn’t do a very good job of reading the books I picked up. I’m hoping that by organizing this new crop chronologically and touching them more than once that these will actually get read.

The Book Cougars "with" Michelle Obama at BookExpo on WildmooBooks
The Book Cougars “with” Michelle Obama.

One big book that was advertised at BookExpo but which there weren’t advance copies of (that I saw, anyway) is Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming, which will be published by Crown on Nov 13th.


Do any of these strike your fancy?


  1. Wow, what an awesome haul! So many great-sounding books coming out 🙂

    I also laughed out loud when I saw Hope Never Dies – it’s by a local author (Joe Biden lives a few miles from here and is a Delaware hero), and the author will be at our local indie bookstore soon. Quirk is also nearby in Philly.

    I read Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming (memoir) and Another Brooklyn (novel) and absolutely loved both! She is so talented.

    I heard Walter Mosley speak a few years ago for our All-County Reads program – the book was The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray – not one of his mysteries, but a stunningly good novel – very powerful:

    My husband has read a couple of his East Rawlins mysteries which are currently on my side of the TBR bookcase!

    Enjoy all these wonderful books!!


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  2. Ooops. I should have said 1,000 books to read before you die. I think I said 1,001 books and before you die. I guess since I mentioned it, that is the one that would strike my fancy, I think.

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