Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday: Jan. 3

Top 10 books I'm looking forward to in 2012 for the Top 10 Tuesday meme. This list is assisted greatly by the publication of The Millions preview list. I expanded on some of the titles in a previous blog post.

1. The Sugar-Coated Nutsack by Mark Leyner (his first fiction in 14 years).

2. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon (a mere hint of a novel coming out in the fall about families in Berkeley).

3. Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (follow-up to Wolf Hall).

4. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (follow-up to the uneven but enjoyable A Discovery of Witches).

5. The Rook by Daniel O'Malley (first-time author, but it promises to be a literary thriller-puzzle).

6. Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers (A new novel by the author of the extravagant, spiritually complex SF novels Three Days to Never, Declare and Last Call).

7. The Vanishers by Heidi Julavits (seems to combine serious fiction and urban fantasy; I liked her previous novel, The Uses of Enchantment).

8. The Fault in our Stars by John Green (a YA author who transcends the category; his previous Paper Towns was a great deal of fun and a more mature work than the hit Looking for Alaska).

9. What in God's Name by Simon Rich (promises to say some things about God that I won't like, but I'm a fan of his short humor fiction, and I read Elliott Alagash).

10. Partial History of Lost Causes by Jennifer Dubois (I already have this one through Amazon Vine; another literary puzzle novel, this time about a letter that links two disparate people on opposite sides of the word).


Kylee S. said...

Great list, lot's of books that I am not familiar with. I did pick up John Green's Looking for Alaska but gave up because I didn't that the characters developed enough. He described them very well, but I just felt that they were not well developed. Can you recommend any other John Green books?

Kylee S. said...

Also, I noticed you have Shelfari. I think its a great tool to keep tract of the books that you read. I have it too but I can't figure out how to add books so that they show up on my widget on my blog! I can add books to my shelf on Shelfari but they don't appear on the widget on my blog.