Up until last week, it’d been a few months since I’d cracked open the spine of a book and stayed invested for more than a chapter or two.

Then, while sorting through a stack of novels I’d shoved in my basement awhile ago, I discovered a Colum McCann title I owned but somehow had never read.

“Dancer” didn’t quite live up to “Let the Great World Spin,” my favorite of the Irish author’s works, but the story of a poor Russian boy who becomes a world-renowned ballet dancer still reminded me how nice it is to sink into a place that’s not your own for awhile.

And now that my interest has been re-ignited , all I want to do is get my hands on more titles. Here are few new releases that look promising:

— “Foxlowe” — The title of Eleanor Wasserberg’s debut novel is the name of the crumbling English mansion where a girl, Green, lives, as part of a cult. The story details the horrors she’s exposed to as part of the insular community — being burned, starved and neglected. Despite all this, because she knows nothing else, Green believes Foxlowe is superior to world outside its walls. While a review by NPR states the book is not for the “weak-stomached, fainthearted or otherwise easily squeamish” — and I am all of those things — I’m still too intrigued not to check this one out.

— “The Stranger in the Woods” — I feel like anyone who lived through this past election season at least half seriously contemplated the idea of fleeing to the forest and becoming a hermit. But it’s not a thing anyone really does. Well, unless you’re Christopher Thomas Knight. At 20, he decided he had enough of his fellow humans and made the woods of central Maine his home, where he stayed for 27 years, until he was caught by a state trooper and a game warden. During his decades of seclusion, he broke into a bunch of unoccupied cabins and stole items, like tents, food and clothing. While he never took much, it was understandably enough to unsettle the homes’ owners. Knight confessed to his crimes and, while in jail, allowed only journalist and author Michael Finkel to interview him. Finkel first wrote an excellent article in GQ about the hermit, and then turned the true tale into this book, which was released in March.

— “Void Star” — This sci-fi thriller, by author Zachary Mason, is set in the near future when the oceans have risen, AIs are the norm and you can go to a clinic to keep from aging, if you can shell out enough money. The story follows three central characters trying to survive in California, where the wealthy minority are in control of just about everything, including your memories.

Lindsey Fleming is a writer/copy editor for The Dominion Post. Email her at lfleming@dominionpost.com.