Top Ten Tuesday: Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag (of Books)

I am cheating! Again! I didn’t do the meme last week because I thought I didn’t know any new books coming out next year.While I was writing this, however, I realized that many of the books I was going to put on my list aren’t coming out until (surprise!) next year. Sooooooo, I thought it best to do a mash-up of this week’s and last week’s topics and see what happens. And apologies to the Estate of James Brown.

  1. Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier. I have been waiting so long for this to come out. This is the second in the Edelstein Trilogie (isn’t my spelling so cosmo). The series in in German, so we have to wait ein gazillion years for it to be written then translated. Well, uh, I thought this was coming out next year, but apparently it came out at the end of October. Oh COME on! And there are fourteen people in line in front of me at the library, so I’ll get it faster if I order by sleigh.
  2. Speechless by Hannah Harrington. The cover is awesome. I heard the story is, too.
  3. Easy by Tammara Webber. Great story of a self-publisher “making it.” A lot of readers have been buzzing about this one. Hot cover doesn’t hurt at all. No siree. Not one bit. Nuh-uh. Nope.
  4. Looking for Alaska by John Green. I know it’s from 2006, but you practically can’t read a review of The Fault in Our Stars without hearing of it. So since I’m learning of it just now, I want it.
  5. In celebration of the movie coming out, a signed first edition of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare would do.
  6. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. I totally devoured French Kiss and Boy Next Door, so my pre-reading approval rate for this one is already floating in the stratosphere (between the troposphere and the mesosphere, duh). I love a good romance and Ms. Perkins is über-talented at this genre. It’s cool that these books are companions, too. Because sometimes, a book is perfect as it is (dontcha remember what Mark Darcy says to Bridget Jones? “No, I like you very much. Just as you are.”), but, still, you might like to know that they are still OK after you closed the book and returned it to the library. So the companion’s an awesome way to go.
  7. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I would buy this book just to stare at the beautiful cover. I would line up all three volumes, lay myself down on a chaise with some finger sandwiches and a tepid glass of water and just stare forever. Fortunately, the insides are just as good as the outsides. You know, for dessert.
  8. Requiem by Lauren Oliver. Love triangle aside (urk), I can’t wait to see how Ms. Oliver ties this one up. She is one hell of a fab writer (seriously, have you read Before I Fall?) and I have to say that she didn’t suffer the sophomore slump in Pandemonium that has befallen many a sequel writer before (and after) her.
  9. She has joked that the last in the series will be called Detergent, but kidding aside, I am looking forward to the next in Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy.
  10. Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller. Trish’s debut novel, Something Like Normal, is one of the best I have read this year. I am really looking forward to her next book. I want to move to Florida and be her best friend. (Did I just type that out loud? No? Good.) Plus, she let me interview her.

What about you? What do you want for Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Festivus/Winter Solstice? Leave me a comment and a link!

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