Once again, it’s been a while since I’ve participated in this meme, but I couldn’t resist this week’s topic. I’ve been looking ahead to my 2014 reading for several months now (because I am a planner, a.k.a. an obsessive crazy person), and I’ve already got my eye on a bunch of new books coming out. So here are 10 books to be released next year that I can’t wait to get my hot little hands on:
1. Alan Bradley, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (release date January 14) — The 6th Flavia de Luce mystery. I’ve already put this on hold at the library…after the bombshell at the end of the last book, I can’t wait to find out what happens next!
2. Sarah Addison Allen, Lost Lake (release date January 21) — At long last, SAA is coming out with another book! Her novels are full of magic, romance, and delicious descriptions you can sink your teeth into.
3. Kristan Higgins, Waiting on You (release date March 25) — I really love Higgins’ contemporary romances, and this next installment of the Blue Heron series focuses on Colleen O’Rourke, a minor character from The Best Man and The Perfect Match. I’m looking forward to reading her story!
4. Jennifer Echols, Biggest Flirts (release date May 20) — Echols is probably most famous and beloved for her romantic dramas — and don’t get me wrong; I love them too. But I also think her romantic comedies are delightful! I really liked The One That I Want when it came out, so I’m excited to try her upcoming Superlatives series.
5. Lauren Willig, A Summer Engagement (release date June 3) — I’m a longtime fan of Willig’s Pink Carnation series, but now she is starting to write stand-alone novels as well. This one involves the Pre-Raphaelites and a love story and an unexpected inheritance; I’m sold!
6. Rainbow Rowell, Landline (release date July 8) — I think it’s safe to say that I (and the blogosphere in general) can’t get enough of Rainbow Rowell! I’m particularly excited that this book is written for an adult audience; while there’s nothing wrong with YA — and I really enjoy some of it! — I am starting to feel that I relate better to adult characters.
7. Stephanie Perkins, Isla and the Happily Ever After (release date August 26) — I’ve been waiting for this book FOREVER, and I’m very sure I’m not alone! The release date has been pushed back several times due to the author’s health issues, and I certainly don’t blame her for that, but it has definitely heightened the anticipation! 🙂
8. Robin LaFevers, Mortal Heart (no release date yet) — This will be the third book in the His Fair Assassin series. I really enjoyed the previous two books, which are set in a version of medieval Brittany where a convent of killer nuns is involved in the fight to keep Brittany independent from France. AND there’s romance, so, yeah. Enough said.
9. Cheryl Mahoney, The Storyteller and Her Sisters (no release date yet) — I REALLY liked Mahoney’s debut novel, The Wanderers, which reminded me of those first great fantasy novels I read as a teenager. So I’m happy to see that she is planning to write a companion novel featuring some of the secondary characters from that book. I will definitely be looking out for it next year!
10. D.E. Stevenson, The Two Mrs. Abbotts (release date January 7) — OK, this one is sort of cheating, because this book was actually first published in 1943. But Sourcebooks has been reissuing Stevenson’s books lately, and it’s a good thing because they are absolutely lovely! I adored Miss Buncle’s Book and Miss Buncle Married, and it looks like this is the next adventure for Barbara Buncle and her gang. Can’t wait to read it!