Since I last wrote a post with a list of upcoming books that excite me, a bunch more have been announced (probably solely to mock me for jumping the gun and making an upcoming book list).
This time around, the books are even more exciting. Every single pre-order of John Green’s new book will be signed, all pre-orders of Maureen Johnson’s book purchased from Books of Wonder will come signed with hand made gifts, and even Terry Pratchett is selling signed copies of his book.
Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that books as a media are on an upward trajectory, despite the recent closing of Borders and the rise in eBook sales. But that might just be me making assumptions based on my own experiences rather than a trend in the world at large. We’re all egotistical like that I suppose.
Regardless, there are a shit ton (yes, that’s an actual count of measurement now) of books coming out! In September there are seven books I want to read and in October there are a whopping nine (four of which come out on October 11th), and again in December there are four. It’s madness. Pure unadulterated madness!!!
The Name of the Star (Shades of London) by Maureen Johnson
Release Date: September 29, 2011
I have never read an MJ book, although I have followed her for a while on twitter. This somehow seems wrong, although it’s not my fault that up until now her books were about nonplussed girls falling in love in foreign countries. Finally, a book by MJ that’s up my alley. A book set in modern day London about Jack the Fucking Ripper. Yeah, that’s the name he wished the press called him.
Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Do you like romanticized historical fiction tales about the medieval period? Even if you don’t, I don’t really care, because I damn well do. Most people know medieval historical fiction from Phillippa Gregory (you know, those books will shiny well dressed ladies rarely looking at you on the cover?), but Sharon Kay Penman is THE BEST medieval writer. Trust me. She mixes romance and history in rich vivid language that is always perfection. I’m holding out for some Richard the Lionheart and King Phillip II side action.
The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Up until now, Chuck Klosterman has primarily released non-fiction anthologies full of essays about pop culture. This however, marks his first full length foray into fiction. The novel is about a psychiatrist who receives mysterious calls from a man who claims to have access to a cloak of invisibility, which he uses to observe random strangers. Here’s hoping the stranger is actually Harry Potter!
Snuff by Terry Pratchett
Release Date: October 11, 2011
Discworld. Discworld. Discworld. I am very very behind on my Discworld novels, although not very far behind on the City Watch novels within the Discworld series. If you don’t know anything about Discworld you’re probably already confused. Basically, it’s an extremely humorous series set in a fantasy world which is situated on the back of four elephants riding atop a sea turtle and the people therein. Snuff is the 39th book in the series, and focuses on one of my favourite characters that isn’t Death or Nanny Ogg: His Grace, His Excellency, The Duke of Ankh; Commander Sir Samuel Vimes.
The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
Release Date: October 11, 2011
Generally novelizations of comics aren’t good things. But I have high hopes for this one, which is actually a prequel to The Walking Dead series. I’m making this sound even worse aren’t I? So prequels and novelizations are generally painful affairs, but I’m crossing my fingers that this one is good. It focuses on the sadistic Governor, and his rise to power. And evil. It’s a toss up between which he’s better at.
Double Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Release Date: October 18, 2011
This is the fifth book in the series upon which the hit Showtime series is based (sixth season this September!). The past novels have run the gamut from crazed doctors to demon worshipers to cannibals, but this novel deals with a Dexter copycat. And if I know Dexter, he’ll do everything he can to stop them. With a lot of help from the Dark Passenger and a lot of humorous inner monologue of course.
Pretty Little Liars #10: Ruthless by Sara Shepard
Release Date: December 6, 2011
I admit it, I read this super girly young adult series, even though the initial mystery of who killed Alison was solved in the eighth book and Sara Shepard gave the series a reboot with a completely new mystery for the girls to solve. Seriously, who is this new A and why hasn’t she been revealed as an invisible shape-shifting zombie yet!?! Think “Twin Peaks”, but with more teenage girls and less backward talking midgets.
50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True by Guy P. Harrison
Release Date: December 20, 2011
This book I discovered in one of the awful book catalogs we receive at my job. It definitely looks a lot better than the series Vampire Empire, which was also suggested to me. In this non-fiction novel, newspaper columnist Guy P. Harrison (damn pretentious middle initials) explores popular beliefs about topics such as Atlantis, Nostradamus, astrology, and reincarnation. Now if there’s a sea monster chapter in there I’m set.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Release Date: January 10, 2012
The most highly anticipated of upcoming books is this incredibly sad sounding John Green novel, the first with a female narrator who happens to be suffering from terminal cancer. It hit the number one spot on Amazon and Barnes and Noble without being finished, and I’m hoping it meets the promise of its sales. Either way, it’s definitely going to be a tear jerker. I’m going to try hard not to cry like Tiny Cooper while reading it.
How will I ever get through my to-read list with all these awesome new books coming out while trying to finish A Song of Ice and Fire and the other unread books on my shelves!?! Calm down authors. Go on vacation or something. Seriously. I can haz time machine?