Sometimes I'll wait until the last book of a series is coming out and THEN read the entire series (in a week). This year, however, I started a few series that had either one or more books coming out, and I am just wasting away until they hit the (library) shelves! A few of these are coming out next year, some have already appeared this year and some are just a month away from being in my hands (And some are new authors to me, some are one-shots -- these are just the top-of-my-list-ahhh-why-do-I-have-to-wait-to-read-these books).
I'm including their covers as well. Are you ready?
The Ten Books I'm Dying to Read (in no particular order):
The Second Spy: The Books of Elsewhere, Volume 3 by Jacqueline West
I've read and reviewed both previous books and -- I'm completely hooked on these. The heroine, Olive, and her sidekicks, the cats, are a riot. There's a fascinating magical aspect to it while also dealing with real world feelings of a lonely girl and the need to prove herself. It's already out but my library doesn't have it (YET). Read up on the books here.
Nevermore: The FINAL Maximum Ride Adventure by James Patterson
I CANNOT WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK I devoured (seriously, no exaggeration) the rest of the series early this year. It's one of those series where you feel like after you read them, they're a part of you and always will be. This one came out last month and I'm on a loooong list at the library. SIGH. I guess I'm going to have to find another series to sink my teeth into while I wait. Catch up on the series here.
- Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen -- Garth Nix
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Rowling's new book is getting a mixed response -- there are people praising it to the skies (it discusses modern-day Britain's poverty problem, among other things like social status and familial relationships) and there are people who probably thought it was going to be The Mauraders' Tales (Book 1) and are therefore highly disappointed. I mean, don't we all wish that? But I applaud Rowling for stepping outside the box (however magical and wonderful that box is) and doing something different. (It is more adult in theme and content -- be ye forewarned)
Update: Most of the complaining and bad reviews I've seen on Amazon have to do with the pricing and the formatting (which has since been fixed), which is a very poor excuse for a review (that should be addressed to customer service and/or the publisher).
The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech
I read all of Sharon Creech's novels. They're absolutely brilliant, beautiful, and imaginative. The way she handles words astounds me, like each one is a precious drop of rain that you cup in your hands after it hasn't rained for a very long time. Read about it here.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
I found this during some of my poking around on the web for writing advice. I did already go and borrow it from the library on Sunday and I started it last night. I could barely pull myself away to get some sleep. It reminds me in font type and writing style of Joan Aiken, the author of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. Which is a very good sign. Read more at her site. Looks like we're getting two more books in the series as well as a folktale set in that world as well as a MOVIE!
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Same story as the above -- the author graciously shared some of her expertise for WriteOnCon 2012. I also borrowed it from the library but haven't delved into it yet. Isn't it a great title? Read all about it here.
Butter by Erin Jade Lange
This one was recommended to me by a friend and I'm really hoping it turns out to be like Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones (general fiction about modern day teens with a redemptive theme). I can't find Butter anywhere yet but hopefully my library will be purchasing a copy soon -- it came out September 4.
The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire LeGrand
Isn't the cover mysterious and thrilling? I saw the author do a guest post and when I read the book description, I just had to add it to my list. You can follow Claire LeGrand on FaceBook or read her blog -- here.
Who Could That Be At This Hour? All the Wrong Questions, Book 1 by Lemony Snicket
I think I already mentioned how ecstatic I was about this book (series). This one comes out next month. Early Christmas present?? Check his new site out here. Remember, you can read the first two chapters right now!
So...what books are you dying to read? Any from my list? Do you have a suggestion for me?