My Year in Reading: Cassie-la Talks Upcoming Literature

I have an obsessive compulsive need to keep track of every book I want to buy. I have an enormous Amazon wish list with over 200 books I one day want to own and read. I even have a special section on my Google Calendar so I can keep track of upcoming releases I want to snag. I like to pre-order books in three month intervals so I can have them on my doorstep the day they are released.

This obsessive compulsive behavior led me to realize that I want to talk about all these amazing books I’m excited to read as they’re released in the next seven months. This same compulsion has also led me to the discovery that all books are released on Tuesdays. Tuesdays! I don’t know why it took me so long to put this together. Especially considering my eyes are always instinctively searching for Tuesdays on my Google calendar.

So without further rambling, what follows are the ten upcoming releases that I look forward to reading in 2011 (or at least the seven months that are left of it).

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Release Date
: June 7, 2011

I have been hearing a lot of buzz about Quirk Books’ first young adult novel about an abandoned children’s home full of possibly dangerous children. So far, Quirk has released three chapters (read them free here) which are a blend of prose and enticing photography along with an eerie book trailer which just makes me want to read this novel more and more. I’m shivering with antici… PATION! (cue fellow Bibliomantic Kelly missing her line).

Hipster Puppies by Christopher R. Weingarten
Release Date
: July 5, 2011

There is a very good reason I have for posting this collection of puppies dressed like hispters/doing hipster things. 1. It’s fucking adorable. 2. My dog Boxcar was chosen to be in it. So you have to buy it, if only to support Boxcar who has let the fame of being in a book go to his little puppy head. Seriously, he took up reading Dave Eggers novels and playing the stylophone.

Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray
Release Date
: July 5, 2011

I am a huge Hamlet fan with a special fondness for Ophelia (I once owned an ’89 VW Cabriolet named Ophelia). This young adult novel centers on a modern Ophelia and her modern crazy ass boyfriend Hamlet who just hasn’t been the same after the death of his father. Sounds like a fun retelling of one of my favourite Shakespeare plays. But if there isn’t a bit where Ophelia breaks into bawdy tunes I might throw myself in a river.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Release Date
: September 13, 2011

Covers often draw me in and this cover is GORGEOUS! It was also a novel recommended to me by Amazon while perusing Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and I always explicitly trust Amazon’s recommendations. It features dueling magicians, has been likened to the work of Oscar Wilde and Ray Bradbury, and has glowing reviews from short story aficionado Aimee Bender and Geek Love author Katherine Dunn. As a side note, if you like amputation cults, flipper boys, and nymphomaniac Siamese twins, you will love Geek Love. I did.

Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
Release Date
: September 20, 2011

If the finale to Westerfeld’s alternate history WWI gender swapping love story is any fraction as amazing as the other two books in the series (Leviathansee Stephanie’s post about it here and Behemoth), Goliath is still going to be amazing. Cannot wait to see what happens in this fun, quirky, extremely easy to read young adult trilogy. Seriously, I don’t know how much longer I can wait. I might have to choke a bitch I’m so anxious about finding out the fates of Alek and Deryn.

Abarat: Absolute Midnight by Clive Barker
Release Date
: September 27, 2011

Another book in a series that I am excited to pick up is the third Abarat book, because I have been waiting for the past five years to find out what is going on with Candy Quackenbush, who last I read was stuck island hopping in an alternate dimension. Even after this novel is released there are still two more books to go in the series- I feel like Stephanie waiting for The Game of Thrones author. Thankfully Clive Barker isn’t quite so near death.

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Release Date
: October 11, 2011

I love love love love both his prior novels The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex (just ignore the fact that it’s part of Oprah’s book club), and after waiting eight years for him to release another book I cannot wait to devour this novel. The fact that it’s about an English major finding love makes me even more excited than you can imagine. Damn you Jeffrey Eugenides, why do you have to be so amazing!?!

Damned by Chuck Palahniuk
Release Date
: October 18, 2011

I’ll admit it, I have yet to read Palahniuk’s two most recent novels Pygmy and Tell-All, but I plan to. That being said, his work has definitely gone downhill in recent years and I hope Damned doesn’t make me give him up completely. Especially because the plot seems to be The Breakfast Club set in a literal Hell, not just a publicly funded one. If Chuck doesn’t continue his M. Night Shyamalan style downward trajectory the novel should be good. ::crosses fingers::

Crossed by Ally Condie
Release Date: November 1, 2011

The follow up to my first ever Bibliomantics post about Matched will probably be better than its blatantly symbolic cover. Or so I hope. Regardless it’s sure to have Team Ky versus Team Xander action, loads of teen rebellion, and glimpses of life in a world not run by the Society. And it will certainly have a giant cliffhanger leading into the final book in the trilogy set to be released in 2012. Cue 2012 related joke about Mayan predictions. Maybe the calendar maker got tired after making an 1800 year calendar, did you ever think about that!?!

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Release Date: December 6, 2011

I am terrified to read this novel, because Cassandra Clare puts her characters through hell in second novels. Tessa will probably still be torn between Will and Jem, and if what I’ve heard is true will also be torn between the Shadowhunters and the clockwork master Mortmain. Still, I cannot wait to read this period steampunk young adult novel. It has all my favourite things. Although I could certainly use a racy scene involving top hats and spats. Mmmm… Spats.

I’m pretty sure half of these books are going to be part of our Bibliomantic Book Club, and I’m positive that I will review them regardless. So think of this post as both a list of awesome books you should pre-order and as a preview of upcoming posts from myself and all of the Bibliomantics. Especially Hipster Puppies. You don’t want to make Boxcar cry puppy tears, do you?


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