2013 Reading Roundup
A new year means plenty of new books! To kick start our 2013 reading list, we asked several of our favorite authors, agents, and other publishing friends what books they’re most looking forward to this year. We know we’ll be adding some of these to our own wish lists, and hope you will be too!
“I have two books that I’m most looking forward to in 2013 and they both come out in April (not much longer now!) First, Lauren Willig’s The Ashford Affair. Lauren is such a lovely writer and I love her Pink Carnation series. This is her first stand-alone novel. The teaser: a page-turning novel about two women in different eras, and on different continents, who are connected by one deeply buried secret. I can’t wait. I’m also really excited about Elinor Lipman’s The View from Penthouse B. I was lucky enough to read this in galley form: it’s about two sisters, one a widow and one a divorcee, who become roommates and it’s just charming and wonderful, like everything Lipman writes.”
“The book I’m most looking forward to is Daniel Stashower’s The Hour of Peril. It’s a nonfiction account of the first assassination plot against Abraham Lincoln before the outbreak of the Civil War and how it was foiled by Allen Pinkerton, the world’s greatest private detective. One of Pinkerton’s top agents was Kate Warne—who served as a secret bodyguard to the president, posing as his sister. Stashower is a brilliant writer and the advance word on this book has been great. It’s out January 29th.”
“I can’t wait for Sue Grafton’s next Kinsey Millhone novel. I think W comes out in November. Kinsey is one of my favorite fictional characters. I’ve always been fascinated by the woman who cuts her hair with nail scissors and always solves the case.”
“It’s difficult to narrow down which book I’m looking forward to the most in 2013 because there are so many I’m excited to read! I can’t wait to read the last Felton Reinstein book, I’m With Stupid by Geoff Herbach. I’m also excited to read Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller which releases in October. But when I really think about it, I simply can’t wait to read Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting. Jay and Violet are one of my favorite YA couples. Plus, the third book in the series The Last Echo, ended with such a twist I really need to know what’s going to happen to Violet. This is one of the few series that has kept my attention the entire way through and it’s because of the romance, the mystery, and the strong storyline. If you aren’t familiar with this series, make sure you check out the first book, The Body Finder.”
“I am still catching up on my 2012 releases (can’t believe I waited until December to read Gone Girl!), but there are more than a few titles I’m eagerly anticipating this year: in nonfiction, Michael Pollan, who appeals to my intense food-geekery, and his upcoming, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation; on the fiction side, I’m excited to see that Khaled Hosseini has And The Mountains Echoed coming out just in time for a summer break; and in YA, Ruta Sepetys’s Out of the Easy, set in 1950s New Orleans, is on my radar for next month.”
“Other than my own books—I can’t wait for people to read Bodies of Water by T. Greenwood (Oct.) and J.H. Trumble’s Where You Are (just out this month)—the book I’m most looking forward to is Dare You To by Katie McGarry. I had made an offer on her first book, Pushing the Limits, because it made me sniffle on the subway and was just so good. I know next to nothing about the new book, and I usually hate going in blind, but I’m totally fine with that in this case.
I’ll also probably jump all over Doctor Sleep, Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining. It sounds like classic King, which I’ve kind of missed, to be honest.
Oh, and how could I forget The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman!?!? I’ve been waiting (and waiting) for a new adult novel from him, so while it’s short, I’ll take whatever I can get, and it’ll most likely be a good summer weekend read. Plus, the cover is spectacular!
In the summers I always make time for a new thriller by Kevin O’Brien, and this year’s Unspeakable sounds especially good. Yes, he’s a Kensington author, and I could have already read it, but I like to wait for the finished book to come out so I can get some exercise turning the pages.
I’ll probably also pick up Gayle Forman’s new YA novel, Just One Day. And if I have time, Night Film by Marisha Pessl looks intriguing (but long!). Aisha Tyler has a new book in July, and I just love her, so add that to the list too. So much to read this year, on top of what I didn’t get to in 2012!”
What books are you excited to pick up this year? Let us know in the comments!
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