Broke and Bookish does a wonderful link-up of Top Ten topics and this week it’s Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to for the First Half of 2017. A bit wordy, but you get the idea, right? Given that my reading at the end of 2016 has been as depressing and bad as the year itself I thought why not look forward to the new year in books? Thankfully, there are a number of titles coming out from authors I love, so here’s hoping there’s great reading ahead in 2017.
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (January): This is Auster’s first novel in seven years. I’m nervously excited.
The Chosen Maiden by Eva Stachniak (January): I loved her books about Catherine the Great so to see that she’s still writing about Russia and that it’s ballet, makes this exciting. I know very little about Nijinsky, but always prefer to read about the women in the lives of the men.
Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller (February): CLAIRE. FULLER. This might be a case of my expectations setting the bar too high. I adored her debut Our Endless Numbered Days so I’m hoping for something just as amazing.
All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg (March): I’ve not read Attenberg before, but between the description and the cover (with it’s hint of Manhattan skyline) I’m intrigued.
The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon (March): Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Book 3 in The Bone Season series. Honestly, the only problem with these books is she can’t write them fast enough. I am so ready for protagonist Paige to kick some arrogant male ass. A good example of why you should ignore book trends and wait until the series is complete so you can book binge.
In the Name of the Family by Sarah Dunant (March): The Borgias?! Are you kidding me? Enough said, I’m in. Dunant is to Italian historical fiction as Gregory is to the Tudors. I’m always interested.
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See (March): I’ve read all of her books and while I haven’t loved them each equally, they’re all compelling historical Chinese fiction.
Confessions of the Young Nero by Margaret George (March): C’mon, admit it- who doesn’t want to know more about this hedonist, narcissistic, slightly insane ruler of Rome? Think of it as a primer for understanding the behavior of the president-elect.
The Music of Ghosts by Vaddey Ratner (April): I absolutely loved In the Shadow of the Banyon so am ready and willing to read whatever this Cambodian author has coming up next. Gorgeous prose is a given.
The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova (April): Kostova’s debut, The Historian, was one of those could-not-put-down chunkster books. Overwhelmingly rich in detail and about vampires to boot. I don’t much about this one except that she is back in eastern Europe. Given her talent for immersive fiction I’m ready to be swept away.