Thursday, December 23, 2010

Books I'm looking forward to in 2011

THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X by Keigo Higashino, coming in February 2011.

This book was slipped to me  under cover of darkness by an editor who shall remain nameless. I read the manuscript before it went to production and fell instantly in love.

You will too.

And you'll get a chance to read it early cause I have two copies of the ARC to give away soon!

 DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth (May 3, 2011)

If you don't love this book, don't ever bother speaking
to me,
of me,
about me,
or in my zip code


I'm serious.

Team Dauntless.

 THE PITCHER'S KID (Pleasure Boat Studio: May 2011)  is Jack Olsen's memoir of the first 18 years of his life, years that formed his voice, his ear, and his passionate concern for the underdog.

It is a story of a young boy's desperate yearning for a father during a time of extreme poverty and confusion.  The book has been compared to Frank McCourt for it's depiction of deprivation, to Geoffrey Wolff for its depiction of a deceptive father and to David Sedaris for it's hilarious depiction of childhood.  Jack Olsen passed away in 2002.

You're going to have to look hard to find this; Pleasure Boat is a small elegant press that has never published a bad book. 


It's about a boy who wants to be the world's greatest super villain, but inadvertently ends up saving the day and becoming the hero (much to his disdain).

NOWHERE NEAR NORMAL by Traci Foust (4/2011)
A raw and funny memoir about growing up with severe OCD, a sort of Augusten Burroughs with bleach.

THE TENDER MERCY OF ROSES by Anna Michaels (5/2011)

A debut novel about an alcoholic ex-cop drawn to investigate the murder of a cowgirl, even as it uncovers dark secrets from her own past. Think Garden Spells meets The Lovely Bones.

Hannah Moskowitz's INVINCIBLE SUMMER, 4/19/2011

AFTERTIME by Sophie Littlefield

Awakening in a bleak landscape as scarred as her body, Cass Dollar vaguely recalls surviving something terrible. Wearing unfamiliar clothes and having no idea how many days—or weeks—have passed, she slowly realizes the horrifying truth: her daughter has vanished.

STOLEN LIVES by Jassy Mackenzie (Soho)

When wealthy Pamela Jordaan hires PI Jade de Jong as a bodyguard after her husband Terrance disappears, Jade thinks keeping an eye on this anxious wife will be an easy way to earn some cash. But when a determined shooter nearly kills them both and Jade finds Terrance horrifically tortured and barely alive, she realizes that she has been drawn into a wicked game.

DEMONGLASS by Rachel Hawkins, the next book after HEX HALL is coming on February 15!


Unknown said...

Thanks. I really love your recommendations.

Jennifer McAndrews said...

I keep seeing folks rave about Divergent over on Twitter (so the word of mouth promo is working *s*) but what's the book about???

I suppose the same question applies to the Higashino book.

Oh, dear. You're going to make me run internet searches for the blurbs, aren't you? *grumble grumble grumble*. I hate it when agents are on holiday.


Sarah W said...

I'm most interested in Nowhere Near Normal---love the cover, too.

But as Jen McAndrews said above, Divergent is getting a lot of buzz already.

I'd better see if the library has their pre-orders ready!

Daisy Bateman said...

I somehow managed to score an ARC of Suspect X (seriously, I have no idea-- it just showed up) and I've been looking forward to diving into it. The blurb alone is beyond enticing.

Jeff Chen said...

I love that "The Rotten Adventures of Zachary Ruthless" is on your list! Almost as fun as the pictures of pugs dressed as sharks.

Christwriter said...

Given that Hunger Games almost replaced Christianity as my dominant religion this year, I think you just blew any prayer of a budget for next year out of the water.

Damn it. Many of them look fantastic.

Veronica Roth said...


(Also: thank you. You have made me very happy today.)

Debra Lynn Lazar said...

Thanks for the recommendations, they all look wonderful. I'm especially excited about Veronica Roth's book.

Trisha said...

I of course am looking mostly at the cover art. niiiice!

Margaret Yang said...

The cover for Demon Glass is gorgeous! Rachel Hawkins certainly got blessed by the cover gods this year. My policy of ignoring cover art has come to an abrupt end. Love it!

Joanna said...

All of these books look fantabulous if I do say so myself.

AKDD said...

Wow, this is a great Christmas present to us: lists of excellent reads! Thanks, Janet!

Happiest of Holidays to you and yours (including all denizens of the reef!) from the great white North.

Brodie said...

I am so, so, so, SO jealous that you've read Divergent! I've been drooling over this baby for months. And months. And months. Okay, who hasn't? But still. You're my new hero.

I tried commenting on your ARC giveaway post, but I think I might be too late! Oh the devastation in different time zones!