Monday, 27 January 2014

Books I'm Excited for in 2014

Below are some books that I cannot wait to read. Like bouncing-on-my-seat-excited-for-publication. How about you? Which ones are you looking forward to?

The Book of Strange New Things - Michel Faber (November 2014)
'This momentous novel is Faber at his expectation-defying best. It is a brilliantly compelling book about love in the face of death, and the search for meaning in an unfathomable universe. Readers won't have encountered anything quite like it before.'

How to Be Both - Ali Smith (May 2014)
A new novel from the author of The Accidental and there but for the.

Stone Mattress: Thirteen Tales - Margaret Atwood (September 2014)

The Bookshop that Floated Away - Sarah Henshaw (April 2014)
A book by my lovely pal, Sarah.
In early 2009 a strange sort of business plan landed on the desk of a pinstriped bank manager. It had pictures of rats and moles in rowing boats and archaic quotes about Cleopatra's barge. This title follows the ebbs and flows of author's journey as she sought to make her vision of a floating bookshop a reality.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage - Haruki Murakami (September 2014)

The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell (September 2014)
The "rich and strange" novel will follow the story of Holly Sykes, who runs away from home in 1984 and 60 years later can be found in the far west of Ireland, raising a granddaughter as the world’s climate collapses.

The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales - Kirsty Logan (March 2014)
I'm reading a proof of this at the moment. It's fabulous. More soon. Here's a sneak peek at the first story.

A Song for Issy Bradley - Carys Bray (summer 2014)
This is a debut novel, from the writer of the fabulous winning short story collection 'Sweet Home.' You can read my interview with Carys over here. I'm very excited for this book.
A note from Carys's editor:
'I was totally floored by Carys’ novel – and not just once! Reading it for the second time, knowing everything that had happened, this novel made me weep. Devastatingly powerful and so sharply observed, this novel about doubt, faith and longed-for miracles makes your heart ache for every member of the Bradley family.'

The Gospel of Loki - Joanne Harris (February 2014)
The novel is a brilliant first-person narrative of the rise and fall of the Norse gods - retold from the point of view of the world's ultimate trickster, Loki. It tells the story of Loki's recruitment from the underworld of Chaos, his many exploits on behalf of his one-eyed master, Odin, through to his eventual betrayal of the gods and the fall of Asgard itself. Using her life-long passion for the Norse myths, Joanne Harris has created a vibrant and powerful fantasy novel.

The Good Luck of Right Now - Matthew Quick (April 2014)
Now. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook comes an entertaining and inspiring tale that will leave you pondering the rhythms of the universe and marveling at the power of kindness and love.

Boy, Snow, Bird - Helen Oyeyemi (February 2014)
A new take on Snow White.

The Snow Queen - Michael Cunningham (May 21014)
A darkly luminous new novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hours.

I am China - Xiaolu Guo (June 2014)
Chinese folk legends merge with contemporary life in a story that travels from a Dover detention centre to smalltown America. From one of the 2013 Granta best of young British novelists.

The Hundred-Year House - Rebecca Makkai (July 2014)
Set on the Chicago’s North Shore, it is the story of a large estate (at one point an artist’s colony), told in reverse from 1999 to 1900.

Of Things Gone Astray - Janina Matthewson (August 2014)

& the conclusion to Kat Zhang's Hybrid Chronicles, Echoes of Us, which should be published in September. Exciting!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jen,
    I've read somewhere in your blog(s) that you read, in average, one book/2 days. How do you manage to do that? Did you take a course in speed reading? If yes, which one?