Friday, February 8, 2013

2013 Book Love

Is it me or is this going to be an amazing year in new novels? There are so many books I'm anticipating this year, not to mention those from past years I haven't read yet. My "To Read" List never seems to shrink! And I wouldn't have it any other way. Below are several books I'm looking forward to reading.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman
It's been tough waiting for a new Gayle Forman novel, but finally, it's here! If I Stay and it's sequel, Where She Went, are must reads for anyone writing for teens. Just One Day is currently available and I can't wait to read Forman's latest YA contemporary. Release date: January 8, 2013.

Prodigy by Marie Lu
I recently reread Legend to refresh my memory and to prepare for Lu's second book in the trilogy, Prodigy. Legend is a quick-paced novel with two main characters that I really cared about. It was as good as I remembered it to be the first time around. Release date: January 28, 2013.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Just released on February 5, 2013, this is book 2 of the Lunar Chronicles. I thoroughly enjoyed the imaginative Cinder and have been anticipating Scarlet ever since.

Mind Games by Kiersten White.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in White's Paranormalcy series and I'm currently reading the third, Endlessly. Mind Games has been described as very different from that series. Release date: February 19, 2013.

Arclight (May 1, 2013) and Premeditated (October 8, 2013) by Josin L. McQuein
If you follow writing blogs, Josin has been a regular in the comment sections over the past few years. She's smart, knowledgable about the process of writing and publishing, and wow, can she write. The writing community knew it was only a matter of time before she would land an agent and get a book deal. And what a year for her! Her debut, Arclight will be released this spring and in the fall, Premeditated.

The Spirit of Nimue by Donna Hosie
My dear friend, Donna will be releasing the last book in her YA ebook trilogy this May. I'm currently in the middle of reading (and loving!) Book 2, The Fire of Merlin. It's a fun adventure involving time travel, romance, and hot knights. For more information on her series visit Donna at Musings of a Penniless Writer.

Transparent by Natalie Whipple May 21, 2013
I've been a long time follower of Natalie's blog and am thrilled that she will finally realize her dream of seeing her debut novel on bookshelves. Release date of May 21, 2013.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Stephanie's novels are like eating chocolate. You want to savor every delicious word. I adored Anna and the French Kiss and thoroughly enjoyed Lola and the Boy Next Door. I can't wait to get my hands eyes on her next novel! Release date: tentatively, summer 2013 (according to her blog)

Written In My Own Heart's Blood
If you're a fan of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, she expects a Fall 2013 release date for her latest installment. To say I loooooove this adult series is an understatement. Jamie and Claire are one of my favorite literary couples of all time and I'm anticipating (with trepidation) book 8. Trepidation because I'm not quite sure how many more years Jamie and Claire have left together. They're not exactly newlyweds at this point, if you know what I mean. I've already started a 10 month reread of the previous books as I prepare for Book 8. And believe me when I tell you I need 10 months, they are door stopper books of between 800 and 1000 pages each.

I've saved the best, imho, for last.

The Final Descent by Rick Yancey *****
THIS is my most highly anticipated read for 2013. The Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey was my favorite literary find in 2012. Categorized as YA Horror, it is a blend of literary prose, extraordinary character development, and believe it or not, humor, with a Dickensian feel. I absolutely loved the first three books: The MonstrumologistThe Curse of the Wendigo, and The Isle of Blood, as did my 13-year-old daughter. Yes, they contain descriptive, gruesome scenes - hence the category of horror - but don't let that deter you from reading them. The novels focus on the complicated relationship between the two main characters, Dr. Pellinore Warthrop and his 12/13-yr-old orphan/assistant, Will Henry, and the doctor's unusual line of work - monstrumology. The stories unfold at a slower pace than most YA novels, howeverYancey's rich and thought-provoking prose completely pulled me into this story, and made me gasp, cringe, laugh and cry. Absolutely brilliant! The 4th and sadly, the last book in this series, The Final Descent, will be released in September of 2013.

What are you anticipating in 2013? Have you read any of those already released? Inspired to read any of the previous works by the authors I mentioned above?


  1. There's a lot of good books on your list, Suzie. I think I've got over 200 books on my to-read list. Ugh.

    1. That's quite a big list, Donna! I'm not sure I have that many, but I do love getting recommendations to add to mine.

  2. Bless you for adding my book! THE SPIRIT OF NIMUE is hands down my favourite in the trilogy.

    I will be buying Isla... on the first day of release. Transparent is also on the to-read pile and I have made a note to start reading Kiersten White novels because I've seen some great reviews.

    2013 is going to be a great year.

    1. Definitely! I'm really enjoying Fire of Merlin (now that I've finally wrestled the Kindle away from those I live with). Looking forward to Book 3!

  3. My TBR pile is so huge I couldn't begin to list the books on it. Just put the head down and keep reading seems to be the only answer.

    I agree with you about 2013 being a great year....


    1. It seems like as soon as I read one book from my list then I add 3 more, lol. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Nice list, Suzie! I believe Isla is slated for release on September 17th. It's a toss-up between that and Gabaldon for my most-awaited book of the year. (Although the quality of the Outlander books is decreasing, I totally agree with you on the Claire and Jamie love.) I'm also really hoping that Forman's Just One Year - follow-up to your #1, which was fantastic - will be on the fall slate as well, but I don't know.

    The Yancey books don't sound like something I would usually pick up, but if you're looking forward to that more than to any of the other ones on your list, that's a strong recommendation! I may have to try them. :)

    1. Thanks for the Isla date, Tuuli.

      The Monstrumologist was a book I had read about in passing but it never piqued my interest. It was categorized as horror, and I don't read horror. Then at the library, I happened to spot the book on the 'to be shelved' cart and I picked it up on a whim thinking, "Maybe I'll give it a try." I'm so glad I did. I read all three in the series and am so looking forward to the last. Let me know if you decide to read it.

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