I may finish a couple of books that I’m currently reading but I won’t start anything new this year. And what’s more fun than making plans, resolutions, and – of course – lists? I noticed that my last resolutions post (the 2012 second half edition) was an utter failure. I only read one of the books I wanted to. Probalby because the list was too long. So here is my short list of absolutely-must-read-as-soon-as-possible resolutions.
Guy Gavriel Kay – The Lions of Al-Rassan
Why do I want to read it? My very first GGK book absolutely surprised me on many levels. And while it’s given me severe post book trauma, I think I’m ready to dive into another adventure. I’m told this story is set in an alternate Spain (as Tigana was set in alternate Italy) and since I speak a little Spanish, I look forward to not stumbling over the character and place names. Also, winter is that time of year when I most enjoy diving into a book and staying there for a month. Big, doorstopper novels such as Guy Gavriel Kay produces, are perfect for that.
Laini Taylor – Daughter of Smoke and Bone (read 12th April 2013)
Why do I want to read it? I am soooo behind on this one. The internet is exploding with praise for Laini Taylor and I must admit, the premise caught my interest. Since this is set in (alternate?) Czech Republic, I can add it to my Read Around the World challenge as well. Plus, have you looked at that cover? In case I like this as much as everybody else does, I have book two already sitting on my shelf. Edit: I gave both books to my sister after hating this one. Maybe she’ll like it more…
Elizabeth Wein – Code Name Verity (read 6th January 2013)
Why do I want to read it? I’ve had the book for a while and it’s been at the back of my mind since I bought it. But you know, my busy book-lover life got in the way and it’s still unread. It would have been a priority read anyway, but now I see it popping up on many, many best of the year lists, and so I can’t wait any longer. A children’s book set during World War II that tells of a deep friendship between two girls? Sounds intriguing, sounds like it will tug at my heartstrings and probably make me cry.
James S. A. Corey – Leviathan Wakes (read 30th January 2013)
Why do I want to read it? I initially wanted to read this with the Sword & Laser bookclub but I simply didn’t have the time. But I’ve heard nothing but good things and several comparisons to Firefly. Who doesn’t want more of that kind of crew? Exactly. By now, the second part and a couple of short stories set in the same universe are published already, so if this becomes my next literary crush, at least I won’t have to wait long for sequels.
Jean-Christophe Valtat – Aurorarama
Why do I want to read it? It’s been on my radar for a long time, by now the beautiful hardcover edition is on my shelf, and I’m alread infatuated with the cover design, the inside illustrations, and the general look of the book. The idea of a steampunk Victorian society in the Arctic and the polar bear on the cover did it for me. I’m hooked, and I hope I’ll get to this one while it’s still winter here (even though it’s surprisingly warm this year). If I’m very lucky, I’ll catch sight of a few snowflakes through the window while reading this.
I have more resultions but they are rather loose, such as “read a book by this author” or “read more classics” and I don’t see much sense in listing these vague plans. I have the very best intention of finishing a few series (Robin Hobb’s Tawny Man, Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel Trilogy), continue others (Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera, Stephen King’s Dark Tower, Alan Bradley’s Flavia deLuce), and – as is obvious from the list above – start some new ones. I especially look forward to my TBR challenge this year because I picked a cool theme and almost all of the books on the lists make me squee with excitement.
I will keep up my Books in the Queue feature because it has worked fairly well in the past and also, you people help out a lot by helping me decide which book to read first. 2013, I’m ready for you!