With the stacks of books I haven’t gotten to lying around my house and on my tablet, I feel a little guilty listing the books I’m looking forward to for 2013 for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. I feel a little guilty, but of course I’m going to list them, because I’m going to buy or borrow them, no matter how much I swear I won’t pick up anything new until I break through the backlog. So, in keeping with this week’s theme courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish, here are my Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2013.
1. Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman. It’s new adult fantasy from Neil Gaiman, how much more of a reason do I need?
2. Eighty Days, Matthew Goodman. This is a nonfiction account of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s parallel attempts to beat Phineas Fogg’s (fictional) record of circumnavigating the globe in eighty days, and it sounds like it’ll be a blast.
3. The Shadow Tracer, Meg Gardiner. Another standalone, as opposed to a continuation of one of her other series. Judging by the synopsis I read, this looks to be packed with action.
4. The Shambling Guide to New York City, Mur Lafferty. If you haven’t listened to her podcasts or read her essays, you’re missing out, and can only make it up to yourself by picking up this new book from the 2012 John W. Campbell Award Best New Writer nominee.
5. NOS4A2, Joe Hill. Taking the short stories and the epic graphic series out of the conversation for a moment, Joe Hill’s writing career is running In a very similar vein to Ben Affleck’s directing career. After an amazing debut, he comes up with an even wilder follow-up. Now we wait to see if he can pull off the hat trick, and I’m willing to bet he can and will.
6. Dr. Sleep, Stephen King. My hands down favorite King novel is The Shining, so I’m both thrilled and terrified that he’s delving back into Danny Torrance’s life. I don’t expect Dr. Sleep to exceed The Shining (it’s always important to manage those expectations), but I sincerely hope he at least approaches the strange magic present in that earlier book.
9. Tenth of December, George Saunders. Saunders is one of my favorite short story authors, so a new collection from him is definitely on the “to-read” list.
10. My Father’s Ghost is Climbing in the Rain, Patricio Pron. Pron has been gathering acclaim internationally, and I’m intrigued to read his American debut next year.
I think I’ve lucked out that so many are spread deeper into 2013. It gives me a chance to whittle down my existing stack of books to be read, if for no other reason than to create space for these in the pile. So what are you looking forward to reading next year?