2015 is not quite over yet and, believe me, I’m holding on to every bit of it as much as I still can. Challenges unfinished, books not yet read, potential Hugo candidates still waiting to be discovered… but while I do this traditional end-of-the-year dance of reading-related-stress (the good kind), I am also looking forward to next year and all the shiny things coming our way. Take a look at these and then tell me you can stay away from the preorder-button of your choice!
More Tor.com novellas
I planned to read all of this year’s novellas (that didn’t work) but the ones I did were wonderful. Tor.com’s lineup for next year looks just as stunning, with my most awaited books being:
- Mary Robinette Kowal – Forest of Memory
- Frederic S. Durbin – A Green and Ancient Light
- Emily Foster – The Drowning Eyes
I swear I didn’t pick these only because of their covers, although they are all stunning. That’s just an added bonus.
The last Fairyland book by Catherynne M. Valente
OHMYGODFAIRYLANDWILLEND WHATWILLIDOWITHMYLIFE… ahem. I am emotional about this. Valente’s Fairyland series is what made me start this blog, it is what brought a wonderful author to my attention and it has broken me emotionally almost every year since the book series began. But in a good way. Now it’s time to end the series and I know endings are good and important. But you know… saying goodbye to September, Saturday, Ell, Blunderbuss, and all the other wonderful characters will be hard.
Anglea Slatter’s first novel Vigil
As I went from reasonable to gushing in only two books, it comes as no surprise that anything by Angela Slatter is cause for major squees in my house. But a full novel, as opposed to the amazing short story collections and novella I’ve read, is something else. GIVE ME THIS NAO!!
Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven King
OHMYGODANOTHERSERIESISENDING!!! With my brand new book cases, the ever awesome boyfriend also got me a set of hardback copies of the entire Raven Cycle, this upcoming one included (well, pre-ordered). But again, this isn’t on my list because of its utterly stunning cover, but because I fell hard for these books that I expected to dislike. Maggie Stiefvater came up during a time when “this type” of fantasy romance (her Shiver trilogy) was everything you could see and I was sick and tired of it. But I gave her books a chance and am now a convert who gets all giggly and big-eyed when Blue or Gansey or Ronan (oh my god, Ronan!) are mentioned. Gimme, gimme, gimme!
These are the very specific authors and books I look forward to, but there is a whole list of random stuff I want to read as well, based on random things. Sometimes, I admit it’s the cover, sometimtes the blurb, other times I have no idea what the book is about but someone I trust recommended it, and so on. Here they be, some of the books I want next year: