What is it about book people that also seems to make us list people? Seems like we’re always making lists of books we’ve read, books that should be movies that aren’t–books we’ll never read(!) I’m certainly always asked about my favourite books of all-time and nearly as often about the books I’m most excited to read. In any case, I’ve tried to embrace it with this list of the latter (since choosing the former would just be too damn hard).
Without further pre-amble here are a list of books things I’m looking forward to this spring.
1. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter – This is a cheat. I’ve already read this book in manuscript form but I’m REALLY excited for the rest of you to read Jess’ terrific new novel. Old Hollywood and the angst of modern 20-somethings mixed with the beauty of the Amalfi coast? Sign me up. There are few writers I enjoy as much as Jess Walter.
2. Insurgent by Veronica Roth – I don’t read a lot of YA fiction but I did absolutely love Divergent. A friend convinced me to read The Hunger Games and I loathed it so I’m really looking forward to Veronica’s series taking it’s rightful place on top of the Dystopian-fiction world.
3. My new 70” TV. Yep, a television makes the list of things I’m most looking forward to this spring. Before you castigate me as a book lover for also loving a tv I’d point out two things:
- I still read 60 books last year and am on track to do the same
- It’s SEVENTY freakin’ inches!! J
4. The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen – Is this book this year’s Room? Certainly the young protagonist in this novel—a girl whose faith suddenly gives her the ability to affect the world around her, for good or for bad—is going to appeal to many of you. But will she find the place in all of our hearts that Jack did? I think she just might.
5. Meeting Bryan Adams (!!!) I’m not ashamed in the slightest to admit how much I love his music (if you follow my Twitter feed it’s kind of obvious). And my parents were great enough to buy me and my girlfriend two VIP experience tickets to a meet and greet with him on his cross-Canada tour this May. Watch out for excited tweets on May 8th!
6. Department 19: The Rising by Will Hill– I know it was just 3 points ago that I said I didn’t read a lot of YA fiction but when I do, I like books with action and intrigue (monsters can’t hurt). So how about one with all of that? The second book in the saga of a secret agent team that hunts fantasy characters—vampires mostly—picks up where the last one left off, with young Jamie honing his vampire-slicing skills. I haven’t read this one yet so it’s officially one I’m excited to read with you all. If you’ve any reluctant boy readers in you vicinity this is the book for them.
Check out author Will Hill’s blog post about watching the first printed copies come off the press.
7. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – When I heard this book was coming I actually exclaimed, “what? Really?? And it’s actually a sequel to Shadow of the Wind??!” That book is one of the best reads of the past 5 years. It’s so great! Atmospheric, creepy and all surrounding a bookshop. I mean, how great a phrase is the “Cemetery of Forgotten Books”? I suspect this book will hit with a bang and be on the bestseller lists for months. Seriously, if you’ve not yet read The Shadow of the Wind GO GET IT NOW!
8. Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore – Another one of my all-time favourite writers. As I type this, I’ve got the manuscript unfinished on my desk. This story of two young painters, each with morals as questionable as the quality of their art, has had me hooked from the beginning. Who else but Moore could take the history of art and what it is to be a muse, layer it with debauchery and mystery and keep you laughing the whole time? Having read all of his books I don’t say this lightly: this is one of his best.
Any of this strike you? (Sorry, those BA tix are spoken for…)
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