Books in the Queue

Sometimes, I get so excited about books, be they new releases or classics I’ve only just discovered, that I feel like a little kid in a candy shop. I want them with all my heart. And I want to share that excitement. Right now, these are the books I am most looking forward to reading soon. They are at the very top of  my to-be-read-next queue.

Catherynne M. Valtente – The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

Why do I want to read it? Because I loved, loved, loved the first book in the series, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. Catherynne Valente has a very particular sort of magic in her and it shows in everything she writes. I soak up her words and I love how her Fairyland transports me back to times when I read Peter Pan and enjoyed its whimsy. I simply cannot wait to start reading this book and will probably throw all my reading resolutions overboard and maybe even take a day off work so I can stay in bed and read the new Cat Valente. (finished October 8th)

You can buy a copy here.

Connie Willis – Blackout/All Clear

Why do I want to read it? I bought the books when they were published but it was a recent review in my German book forum that really made me want to read it right now. Sometimes, a review is so overwhelming that I don’t even have to know a lot about the plot. If somebody whose opinion I trust tells me that she cried and laughed and misses the characters now that she’s finished the books, then that’s enough for me. Plus, Connie Willis wrote Bellwether, a book I enjoyed very much. And I really liked her in Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust interview.

Scott Lynch – Red Seas Under Red Skies

Why do I want to read it? The Lies of Locke Lamora was one of those books that gave me hope for the fantasy genre. Since I’ve read it, there have been many more books to show me that fantasy is going new and interesting ways but Scott Lynch hit a nerve with me. I’ve had this book sitting on the shelves for years but my boyfriend is currently reading Locke Lamora and I’m reliving it with him – and how could I not want to get back into that world and pull awesome heists with Locke and Jean? (finished November 20th)

Patrick Ness – The Knife of Never Letting Go

Why do I want to read it? My first encounter with Patrick Ness happened with A Monster Calls, a little book with surprising depth. I have heard many good things about his Chaos Walking trilogy. And now that I got a taste of his writing style, I am hooked and want more. It’s moments like these when I am grateful for my book buying addiction – I have everything waiting for me right on my Kobo or my shelf for whenever a mood like this strikes. (finished 26th December 2012)

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