Shelf Pleasure’s Top Picks for 2013
“Of course I can’t wait for all the books coming out in 2013 that I edited, but there are also several other books publishing this year that I’m excited to read. These are the top five books that I’m going to make time for no matter how busy the year gets.” – Kristen
1) Suspect by Robert Crais (Release Date: January 22)
Robert Crais writes one of my favorite mystery series featuring Los Angeles private eye Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike. I actually call them both my “fictional boyfriends” and often tell my husband he’s lucky they aren’t real. This new one is a thriller outside of that series. I’m still going to read it, especially since another one of my favorite thriller writers, Gregg Hurwitz, recently said on Twitter that it had one of the best canine characters he’s read in years.
2) Just One Day by Gayle Foreman (Release Date: January 8)
Gayle’s first romantic duet, If I Stay and Where She Went, were two of my favorite young adult novels ever, and were probably responsible (along with Stephanie Perkins’s Anna and the French Kiss) for the intense addiction to young adult novels that I now have. I can’t wait for this new book about a sheltered American girl who meets a Dutch actor in Paris during a performance of Shakespeare’s Twelth Night. One of my favorite authors and sparks flying in Paris? Who needs anything else?!
3) Six Years by Harlan Coben (Release Date: March 19)
I never miss a Harlan Coben thriller. I don’t even look into what they’re about before I call to reserve the latest one at my local independent. They never disappoint, and invariably I find myself up at 2 am with sweaty palms racing to the end of the book. This one is about a man who contacts the love of his life after the husband he watched her marry dies and then discovers lies and deception beyond his wildest expectations—and looks like it will leave me with more sleepless nights. I can’t wait!
4) Why Can’t I Be You by Allie Larkin (Release Date: February 26)
I loved Allie’s debut Stay, about a woman who dealt with heartbreak by ordering a dog off the Internet. I’m excited to see what she comes up with next and this new one about a woman who impulsively answers when someone calls her by the wrong name and ends up taking over her life, looks like it will be just as fun. Plus, you usually can’t go wrong when there’s an adorable dog on the cover.
5) The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (Release Date: June 4)
I never miss one of Sarah’s young adult novels. Her books feel like modern versions of the Judy Blume ones I grew up with, and I find her books so relatable no matter how many years there are between her heroines and me. In this new one, a girl getting ready to leave for college spends the summer saying goodbye to the beach town where she grew up. It looks like it will be the perfect summer read. Now I just need to book a beach vacation to go along with it!
“Who has the time to make—or break—New Year’s resolutions when there are so many good books to check out! 2013 looks to be another exciting year in publishing. Here are some of the titles I can’t wait to get my hands on.” – Stacy
1) Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris (Release Date: April 23)
A new David Sedaris book is always a cause for celebration in my world and this book has me eagerly awaiting spring. From France and Australia to Beijing and North Carolina, I can’t wait to discover Sedaris’s unique—and probably hilarious—observations from his travels around the globe.
2) A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy (Release Date: February 12)
A fan of Binchy’s since Circle of Friends, I was sad to learn of her passing this past summer, shortly after finishing this book. Filled with an eccentric cast of characters staying in a mansion off the coast of Ireland, A Week in Winter promises to be full of Binchy’s wit, wisdom and warmth.
3) Telling the Bees by Peggy Hesketh (Release Date: March 7)
Albert is an 80-something year old beekeeper, more comfortable with hives than humans. His world is turned upset down by the death of his only friend, Claire. As Albert works through his memories and their past, he discovers painful truths about a woman he never really knew. Dealing with themes of love, loss and regret, Hesketh’s debut novel looks to be a compelling read.
4) Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (Release Date: April 2)
Though she’s long been on my radar, I have never read Kate Atkinson. This novel’s intriguing premise ensures that this will be the year I finally read the bestselling author. In 1910, Ursula Todd is born and immediately dies. On the same night, Ursula Todd is born and embarks upon life. As she grows up, she also dies—repeatedly. Does Ursula’s apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? I, for one, can’t wait to find out!
5) And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (Release Date: May 21)
I loved Hosseini’s debut, The Kite Runner, and I’m eager to read his latest book. Described as a novel about family relationships and how the choices we make can resonate through generations, Khaled’s original and powerful voice is sure to deliver a captivating story.
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