Book’d in Burbank Authors’ 2015 Must Reads
The latest edition of Book’d in Burbank, a social gathering that treats book lovers to author readings and literary entertainment, will be held on Thursday, January 22! Shelf Pleasure is thrilled to be a part of this magical night, along with presenting sponsor Liz Donatelli of Liz D Publicity & Promotions. In celebration, the participating authors stopped by to share the books they’re most looking forward to in 2015 (besides their own, of course!).
“We are huge fans of horror, and Jonathan Stroud’s latest series, Lockwood & Co., scratches our itch. His books are marketed to kids, but like so many Middle Grade novels (ours included), they are great for adults, too. It follows a ragtag ghost hunting agency in an alternate modern day London that is struggling to cope with a mysterious plague of hauntings. Lockwood and Co. is filled with memorable characters, an inventive world, and great scares. Book Three of Stroud’s series comes out this year, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it.”
“I’m a huge lover of historical fiction and in fact my first two (unpublished) novels are historical. So, two of the books that I’m most looking forward to reading in 2015 are historicals. The first is Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee (Putnam, March 17, 2015). It’s set in 1849 and about a Chinese-American girl and a runaway slave who trek across the country to the California gold rush. This book has already been getting stellar reviews and I can’t wait to read it. The other book I’m on pins and needles for is Dead To Me by Mary McCoy (Disney-Hyperion, March 3, 2015). This one is a mystery set in 1930’s Los Angeles. I love film noir, and this is definitely book noir so I’m beyond excited for it. There are so many other amazing books coming out in 2015, many of them written by friends of mine, so my TBR list is going to be very long!”
“The book I’m most looking forward to reading in 2015 is Jandy Nelson’s, I’ll Give You the Sun. I first fell in love with Jandy’s writing when a friend told me about her first book, The Sky is Everywhere. I’ve read The Sky is Everywhere several times and it’s a favorite of mine despite the fact that it’s a young adult book and I write in the contemporary romance genre. She creates such interesting, richly rendered characters whose conflicts pull on all my heartstrings. I’ll Give You the Sun is a New York Times bestseller and has won many important literary awards. I know when I finally curl up in my armchair with Jandy’s book the beauty of the writing will immediately pull me into Jude and Noah’s world.”
“I’m one of those readers that will get a favorite author’s latest book as soon as it comes out. Especially if it’s part of a series. So why this time do my fingers hesitate over the buy button on Amazon? It’s been out since July 2014 and I have yet to add The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness to my kindle library.
Incidentally, my own fantasy novel was released at the same time, so I could use all the busyness of promoting mine as an excuse. But if I’m honest with myself, I know the reason.
This is the third and final installment of Harkness’ All Soul’s Trilogy and I don’t want the story to end. The first two books A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night had everything I love in a novel: Strong, convincing characters; descriptions of places I could see clearly in my mind and wanted to go to; a journey back in time, science and sorcery, a missing parchment, and the fight between good and evil. Believable witches and vampires, too. I LIVED those stories and loved every moment of reading them. As a writer, I especially appreciate Harkness’ superb writing, her style, her voice.
As much as I don’t want a good thing to come to an end, I think it’s time to just do it. The Book of Life is waiting for me and I’m going to savor every word.”
“The book I am most looking forward to reading in 2015 is book 8 in Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. It doesn’t even have a title yet, let alone a blurb, and I can’t wait to read it. I absolutely love the world building in this series, the unique take on vampires and angels. Like any good book, though, it’s the characters that really make me fall in love with the story. I’ve read the series twice, now, and will certainly do so again!”
“There are so many books that I’m looking forward to diving into in 2015, but there’s one specific one that rises to the top: Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and The Dawn of the Modern Woman. It’s about the making of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and it’s been on my TBR pile for a few years now. Every time I go through my books to see what I can donate (I’m limited by space) I read the inside jacket and think, “I can’t give this away. I have to read it!” Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M., this is your year!”
What book are you most excited to read in 2015?
If you’re in the Los Angeles are, we hope to see you at Book’d in Burbank!
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