Books to look for in 2013

I know we’ve just barely started the year, but I’m already looking ahead to books being released in the coming months. There are so many exciting things I want to read! Below I’ll share some of my most anticipated forthcoming titles. The best part is, many of these are already in Minuteman so you can put in your request now before you forget. Title links will take you to the library catalog.

15815356Above All Things by Tanis Rideout (February 12)

A fictional account of George Mallory’s third and final attempt to climb Mt. Everest in 1924, his story is intertwined with his wife’s account of one day at home waiting for word from her husband. I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy last fall, and I am still thinking about it. Rideout beautifully contrasts the harsh conditions of Mallory’s expedition with Ruth’s quiet scenes of domesticity to create a captivating novel. One review aptly described it as “The Paris Wife meets Into Thin Air.”

burning airThe Burning Air by Erin Kelly (February 21)

The MacBrides have always gone to Far Barn in Devon for Bonfire Night, but this year everything is different. Lydia, the matriarch, is dead; Sophie, the eldest daughter, is desperately trying to repair a crumbling marriage; and Felix, the youngest of the family, has brought a girlfriend with him for the first time. The girl, Kerry, seems odd in a way nobody can quite put their finger on – but when they leave her looking after Sophie’s baby daughter, and return to find both Kerry and the baby gone, they are forced to ask themselves if they have allowed a cuckoo into their nest…

I’ve heard that The Burning Air may appeal to fans of Gone Girl, so I’m already on hold for this one.

amityAmity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley (April 16)

In the wake of a suspicious fire, Amaranth gathers her children and flees from the fundamentalist cult in which her children were born and raised. Now she is on the run with only her barely aged teenage daughters, Amity and Sorrow, neither of whom have seen the outside world, to help her. After four days of driving Amaranth crashes the car, leaving the family stranded at a gas station, hungry and terrified.

Rescue comes in the unlikely form of a downtrodden farmer, a man who offers sanctuary when the women need it most. However while Amity blossoms in this new world, free from her father’s tyranny, Sorrow will do anything to get back home. Although Amaranth herself is beginning to understand the nature of the man she has left, she needs the answer to one question; what happened to the other wives and children?

joylandJoyland by Stephen King (June 4)

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.

I haven’t read any reviews of this yet, but a Stephen King novel that takes place in an amusement park: what more do I need to know?

starcursedStar Cursed (Cahill Witch Chronicles #2) by Jessica Spotswood (June 18)

With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate’s friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.

In the highly anticipated sequel to Born Wicked, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess’s quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England.

Born Wicked was one of my top picks of 2012, so I can’t wait to get my hands on this sequel!

LightintheruinsThe Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian (July 16)

Florence and Tuscany, 1944-1955. A retelling of Romeo and Juliet at the end of World War Two. A serial killer in 1955.

That’s the only description available so far, but the author posted the prologue on Goodreads. It sounds amazing! And if it’s anywhere near the caliber of his last book, The Sandcastle Girls, it truly will be.

doctorsleepDr. Sleep by Stephen King (September 24)

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival.

A sequel to The Shining? Yes, please!

I’ve also heard unconfirmed reports of a new novel by Diane Setterfield (author of The Thirteenth Tale), as well as a third Bridget Jones book from Helen Fielding. I hope those rumors are both true!

What books are you most looking forward to this year?

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