I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving – I had a fun one filled with lots of good food, wine, laughter, and joy. I really enjoyed putting together my list of books that I am thankful for last week and feel ready and prepared to pull together this list for 2014 – the problem is…there are so many great releases to choose from! So in my explanation about the book I’ll be including a bit of why I am looking forward to the title so much.
1. Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
I love Sarah Addison Allen so much – magical realism plus a dose of southern comfort resides in each of her books and I absolutely cannot wait to read Lost Lake. This title has been on my highly anticipated list for quite some time now.
2. Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
I loved Loving Frank by Nancy Horan and until this title was released, she was on a short list of the authors I watch religiously to see when the newest title is being released. I’m very excited to read about Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife, Fanny, and this title cannot come soon enough.
3. The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
I love, love, love Patrick Ness’s young adult novels, so when I saw that he was branching out into the adult world I put the book on my TBR list immediately. So looking forward to reading this title and getting a review up!
I fell in love with Brigid Pasulka’s first novel, A Long, Long Time Ago & Essentially True several years ago, and I’ve been eagerly anticipating the announcement of a new novel. The cover for this book is absolutely gorgeous and I am sure the story will be just as perfect.
5. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
My younger sister introduced me to Gabrielle Zevin and I have been obsessed ever since. The premise of A.J. Fikry intrigues me and I cannot wait to crack this one open.
6. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
I have read almost everything Sanderson has written (I have to space them out or I gorge myself on the titles and then I have nothing left to read by him when I am feeling the mood hit). I loved The Way of Kings – I even saw Sanderson talk about his creative process at DragonCon one year. So I am beyond thrilled to see Book 2 being released early in 2014.
7. The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
Jennifer McMahon is one of those authors that I love reading just because every book ends with a sucker punch. I love that she can surprise me, and that her stories are so interesting that they are basically one-sit reads.
8. The Martian by Andy Weir
Andy Weir is a new author for me – but the premise of this book gives me little giddy feelings inside. I love the idea of being stranded on a planet and what adventures that could lead to – even with the idea of death staring me in the face. This is an ultimate survival tale that I am looking forward to so much.
9. The Swan Gondola by Timothy Schaffert
Timothy Schaffert is another new author for me – but the choice of this book as an anticipated stems from the settling. I grew up in Omaha and left when I turned 17 so I cannot wait to learn a bit more about its history in addition to reading what appears to be a beautiful concept of a story.
0. Children of Paradise by Fred D’Aguiar
And finally, to end the list – a utopia society. This book immediately caught my attention and I figure 2014 is gonna be the year that I read some great speculative fiction (so much good will be released – I hope!) Perhaps I’ll start with this one, as I have an eARC currently sitting in my files! =)
What books are you looking forward to next year? Chime in!