Friday, December 28, 2012

Top 10 of 2012: My Most Anticipated Titles of 2013

I am taking part in this event, hosted by the bloggers at Fiktshun, A Life Bound By Books, Confessions of a Bookaholic, Two Chicks on Books and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads. Visit any of these links to see all the other bloggers taking part.

As this is the final post for this event I would like to thank the lovely people who have hosted it and all of you who have visited my posts, even when I have failed miserably to actually find ten things to list! :D

You will notice a certain similarity in this list when you compare it to my Top 10 Read Books.

The book I most want to read in 2013 is The Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice and Fire #6) by George R.R. Martin, but Mr Martin is writing with his usual infuriating slowness and it is not due for publication until 2015 . . . sob! :(

However, here are ten books that I know will be published in 2013:

The book that I most anticipating for 2013 is Celtic Moon by Jan DeLima

Jan is a dear friend of mine, so you will be hearing a lot more about this title as publication draws nearer. It is scheduled for publication in October by Ace, so there is no cover or official blurb for it yet, however, I can give you a rough idea of what it is about because I had the great privilege of reading an earlier draft.

Jan has taken inspiration from the Welsh mythology of the Mabinogion to create a world where Old World myths have come to the New World. Set mostly in her home state of Maine, it follows a woman’s struggle to help her son to learn about the unusual gifts inherited from his father. Fiercely independent and protective of him, she knows that only his father can help him to understand the changes that are overtaking him. Meanwhile, a war is brewing between the conservatives in Wales and the rebels in the US and not even the god Taliesin can help her.

I hope this catches your interest, as it is a great read in the Urban Fantasy genre. I will let you know more as soon as I can!

More Simon’s Cat: need I say more?

This sounds intriguing and I love the cover.

Just like Mr Martin, Mr Lynch is an appallingly slow writer. I hope that this episode in the life of Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen will be worth the wait, and that we will finally meet Sabetha!

Fortunately, Ms Bear writes relatively quickly, so there has not been a long gap between Range of Ghosts and this sequel. As we were left at somewhat of a cliffhanger, I am very eager to find out what happens to our intrepid band of heroes.

I have just started reading the whole of the Wheel of Time series, so it will be quite some time before I get to this title (probably several years), but I still think that it is a massive achievement that Mr Sanderson has finished the series. I hope that it remains as strong at the end as it is at the beginning.

One of my most favorite books is Garden Spells, in fact it is the reason I started this blog! Although her later books have not quite fulfilled the potential of that first title, I am still eager to read her latest work.

Ms Davis’ great creation Marcus Didius Falco is one of my all time favorite characters and I love the books in his series. However, poor Falco has aged quite a bit, so Ms Davis has begun a new series writing about his adopted daughter, Flavia Albia. I am certain that they will display the same high level of wit and charm with a generous dose of historical accuracy.

Neil Gaiman was a new author for me this year, but I was totally blown away by The Graveyard Book, so I will now be working through his entire back catalogue. I could also see an improvement in his writing from Neverwhere, so any new works will be going straight onto my TBR list.

I loved Soulless and the other Parasol Protectorate titles that I read this year and I plan to finish the series in 2013. This title marks the beginning of a new series, and I have high hopes that it will show the same wit and creativity as we have already seen.


  1. I have never read the Simon's Cat books, but I have seen quit a few videos of them on you tube and I think they are absolutely hilarious!! In fact I didn't even know they were in book format cause if I did I would have bought them!! Guess I will now!

  2. Just remember not to drink any coffee whilst reading . . . :D

  3. Sue, you are such a dear. I must share that this is the first time I have seen my book mentioned online by someone other than myself. :) It is so surreal to see my story described from someone else’s perspective. You made me a little misty-eyed! Thank you so much!

  4. You are most welcome . . . and it is so exciting seeing a book going through the whole process of publication . . . I feel like I'm its auntie or something similar! :D

  5. Ohhhh I just got the Gail Carriger book! I'm excited to check it out!

    Great list!

    Here's My Top Ten 2012

  6. I love the Parasol Protectorate series too, can't wait for Etiquette and Espionage!

    Here's my Top Ten at Bookmunchies (:


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