I’ve got a lot of plans for 2012. Big plans, small plans, detailed steps for self-improvement and vague schemes for expansion. Some I’m not entirely sure how to quantify, others are of the sekrit variety so I can’t share them just yet. I can, however, share something very concrete: my to-be-read list. Since it’s about four thousand titles long, I’ll limit it to the recent and upcoming releases I’m most impatiently awaiting. In no particular order:
1Q84 – Haruki Murakami
Murakami is at once delicate, powerful and puzzling. I don’t even read the cover blurb for his books since his stories are inevitably about so much more than can possibly be captured on the back of a book jacket.
The Bandit King – Lilith Saintcrow
This is the second story in a currently-digital series. While the Hedgewitch stories feel like a bit of a departure from Saintcrow’s recent urban fantasy series, the writing is still lovely and unexpected and, at times, gut-wrenching. The Hedgewitch Queen sucked me in and then ended abruptly, with what might have been the most shocking teaser for the next book I’ve ever read. (June 2012)
The Cat’s Table – Michael Ondaatje
I’m a massive admirer of Ondaatje’s prose and complex, intimate characterization. While I wasn’t drawn to his last couple of novels, I’m very much looking forward to this story of a boy on a luxurious ship steaming from the Indian Ocean to England.
When the Sea is Rising Red – Cat Hellisen
I’ve had the good luck to read a bit of Cat Hellisen’s prose, and I cannot wait to discover what she’s created in this, her debut novel. (February 2012)
Sacrificial Magic – Stacia Kane
This is the fourth book in Stacia Kane’s Downside series. The previous three installments swallowed me whole. I cannot wait for the fourth. (March, 2012)
What are you waiting for, or reading now?
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