- The Book Thief (the movie). Starring Geoffrey Rush, Sophie Nélisse, and Emily Watson, we can only hope the producers and director capture accurately the depth of Markus Zusak’s story.
- The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan (Nov 05 2013). Tan’s excellent storytelling involving relationships continues in this novel covering three generations of women connected by a painting.
- The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly (Dec 02 2013). We first saw Connelly’s Mickey Haller in The Lincoln Lawyer. Five books later, Mickey is reliving choices he made to help someone only to see them murdered. Guilt weighs heavily on Mickey as he investigates those choices to find closure…if he can.
- A Prayer Journal by Flannery O’Connor (Nov 12 2013). O’Connor is one of my favorite short fiction writers, who tend to be Southern for some reason. (Truman Capote, Eudora Welty, Zora Neale Hurston, to name a few) This collection offers a glimpse into the mind of a young woman who had a close relationship to God and an intense desire to be a writer and how both aspects of this personality would…could work together. I don’t read much non-fiction, but this is one I am definitely putting on my wish list.
- Elizabeth York by Alison Weir (Dec 03 2013). Another non-fiction book destined for my shelves. This is where the Tudor dynasty begins, and for all who are fans of the latest sagas on TV regarding said family, this book will not disappoint.
If you can’t wait for these to come out, in the meantime, these are some great reads to get while you wait:
- Dear Life by Alice Munro (paperback, reprint edition July 2013). Short stories from this Canadian writer are poignant, funny, and on point when it comes to the relationships she writes about. There is sure to be one that will touch a spot in your memory that you thought long lost.
- NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (hardcover Apr 30 2013, paperback Oct 15 2013). I love this writer. I was initially introduced to him through his short fiction work in 20th Century Ghosts, then the biblio-affair continued with Heart-Shaped Box and Horns. Now this book. People may through around the word “creepy” all willy-nilly, but it sticks here. Creepy, unsettling, and spine tingling. Trust me you will never, ever, feel like you are reading a book that is over 700 pages long.
- The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (young adult, May 07 2013). An action packed thriller that will surprise many who think young adult means below grade character construction and plot. Go ahead, I dare you to read this and still consider young adult novels anything but angst-filled fluff.