Book’d in Burbank Authors Share Their Picks for 2014
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 16th! Shelf Pleasure is thrilled to sponsor this amazing 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 reading in the new year.
“There are so many books I look forward to reading in 2014, but I’ll stick to a few from three of my favorite authors. Being a romance writer, of course romance novels are always at the top of my list and Jill Shalvis is without fail an automatic buy for me. I adore her books! She’s got two new releases for 2014 that I’m especially looking forward to: Then Came You, the fifth book in her Animal Magnetism series, and Once in a Lifetime, the ninth book in her Lucky Harbor series. Sticking with romance, but falling under the YA genre that I love so much, I also can’t wait to read Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. Stephanie’s previous two books have been awesome. Lastly, and totally switching gears to one of my all-time favorite authors, I’m super excited for Jim Butcher’s Skin Game, the fifteenth book in his Dresden Files series. I have such a serious crush on Harry Dresden that I named my dog after him!”
“A couple years ago, I tore through the first three books in the Game of Thrones series (or, technically, A Song of Fire and Ice series). Not usually a big fantasy reader, I was hooked. I spent 2013 completely engrossed in YA and have crawled through the fourth book, A Feast for Crows. I’m literally on the last chapter and cannot WAIT to read the fifth book, A Dance with Dragons. I’ll have to relish it, though, since who knows when the last two books in the series will come out? Wow, this was pure nerd.” *Nerd fist bump*
“People who read my books, particularly my mysteries, know how much of a dog lover I am. One book I look forward to reading in 2014 is A Dog’s Purpose, by W. Bruce Cameron. I’ve heard wonderful things about it but haven’t yet read it, though I recently bought a copy. What could be better than reading more about the dog-human relationship? And after that, I’ve also bought a copy of its sequel A Dog’s Journey. I hear they’re both bittersweet, but I’m looking forward to them.”
“There are so many books I’m looking forward to this year, but at the very top of my list is Lauren Oliver’s Panic, which comes out on my birthday! I’m jazzed about this book for a couple reasons. First, it’s a contemporary, and second, the premise — a high-stakes game played by high school seniors — is intriguing and mysterious. And, of course, there’s the fact that I adore Oliver’s lyrical prose. I’m also eager to get my hands on The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno. My debut, Parallel, was also about fragmented memories and identity, and I can’t wait to read Leno’s take on these themes.”
“I’m a huge fan of all of Amy Tan’s books, and her latest, The Valley of Amazement, is at the top of my reading list. I’m interested to see how she’s portrayed Shanghai during World War II, as it’s the same period as my novel. I’m also looking forward to delving into Tan’s continued insights on the mother-daughter relationships. I received this book as a holiday gift (my family knows me) and can’t wait to jump in! The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is another must-read for me. The movie was wonderful. I’m sure the novel adds details and nuances to further deepen the story. I’m a big fan of historical fiction. Zusak’s resounding theme of “the ability of books to feed the soul” has been always true for me too. I love Khaled Hosseini’s ongoing exploration of how the choices we make in life resonate through generations so his new novel And the Mountains Echoed is another book I’m looking forward to reading. He’s an exquisite writer about love and how we care for one another.”
“At Bouchercon in Albany I chatted briefly with author William Kent Krueger and David Brown, Deputy Director of Publicity of Atria Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster). We discussed how much I enjoyed Krueger’s novel, Ordinary Grace. If you haven’t read it, you must. Krueger is a master storyteller, the kind that inspires writers and readers alike. Mr. Brown gave me an ARC of I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (May 2014). At over 600 pages it requires a serious time commitment. I’m not a speedy reader and my days are filled with my own novel (I’m not a speedy writer either). But I promised to read it and lugged it back to California. The other day I cracked it open. Mistake! My attention conquered, I spent the entire day reading instead of writing—a bittersweet activity. I locked it away inside a cedar chest, lest I succumb to another day of getting lost inside a thrilling story. The moment my novel is in the hands of my publisher I’ll free I Am Pilgrim from bondage and spend several days in guilt free bliss. ”
What books are you looking forward to reading this year?
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