Friday, December 27, 2013

Top 10 of 2013: Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2014

You can find links to the other blogs taking part in this event at Fiktshun.

I just wish that all of these had covers, but never mind!

Cress by Marissa Meyer is the third in her Lunar Chronicles series, after Cinder and Scarlet. I devoured the first two titles so I want to know what happens next and how on Earth, Ms Meyer is going to incorporate the Rapunzel story into her world. Will Cress have amazingly long hair or will it be a metaphor?

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen is the latest offering from one of my favorite authors, who inspired this whole blogging adventure with her Garden Spells. Although I do not think that she has quite managed to match the quality of that first title in her later works, but I still want to read anything she writes.

The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch is the next installment in one of my all time favorite series: Gentleman Bastards. Oh, Scott Lynch, how much did I LOVE your earlier titles: The Lies of Locke Lamora, Red Sea Under Red Skies and The Republic of Thieves? Opening The Republic of Thieves and starting to read it was like slipping into a lovely warm bath in your most favorite bathroom in the whole world . . .

Title To Be Announced by Jan DeLima is the second in the Celtic Wolves series after Celtic Moon. Going beyond the total coolness of actually following this title from birth to publication as I watch Jan toil away at her keyboard, I want to know what she has in store for her characters and how she will handle the romance between Luc and Rosa.

Steles of the Sky by Elizabeth Bear is the third in her Eternal Sky series. Although I have only read the first title, Range of Ghosts, I have had The Shattered Pillars on my coffee table for quite some time. If only I had not decided to try to fulfill my quota for the Women in Genre Fiction Reading Challenge I would have polished it off already. Ms Bear grabbed my attention with her short story Tideline and continues to impress me with her creativity and by the fact that she is Scott Lynch’s girlfriend!

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor continues the series that began with Daughter of Smoke and Bone. As with Eternal Sky series, I have had the second title, Days of Blood and Starlight, on my coffee table all year long. I solemnly swear that I will read it in 2014.

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson is the fifth title in his Mistborn series, being the second of a trilogy of sequels to the original three titles: Mistborn, The Well of Ascension and The Hero of Ages. Following on from The Alloy of Law, this title is guaranteed to be an excellent read and a interesting expansion of the Mistborn universe.

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson is the second title in The Stormlight Archive. I am about to begin reading the first title, The Way of Kings as part of a Read Along that will finish just in time for us to start Book 2. I have read quite a few of Mr Sanderson’s titles and enjoyed all of them, so I am looking forward to starting this epic Fantasy series.

These last two titles are written by two of my favorite authors in the Roman Crime genre and will be reviewed over at Veni, Vidi, Legi when I can get to them.

Enemies At Home by Lindsey Davis is the second title to feature her new detective Flavia Albia. I have yet to read the first entry in the series, The Ides of April, but I LOVE her Marcus Didius Falco series, so I will finish that before moving on to this new series, which features Falco’s daughter.

Raiders of the Nile by Steven Saylor continues the story of the young Gordianus that began in The Seven Wonders. Gordianus is the protagonist of Mr Saylor’s Sub Rosa series, so I will be intrigued to know more about this amazing character.


  1. Awesome list of books. Lots of diverse books. Yay, we both are looking forward to Gods and Monsters. I have high expectations of that one.

  2. Can't wait to do a group read of Words of Radiance. It may be one of the things I am most looking forward to in general in 2014

    1. I have just finished the first section of The Way of Kings for the Read Along and I am hooked already!


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