It’s Top Ten Tuesday time which is hosted by the bloggers at The Broke and The Bookish. I love/hate this meme because it is exciting to see what some of my favorite authors are going to release as well as find some new authors to fall in love with. But at the same time, it was hard to only choose ten and I try not to wish time away by enjoying the present moment.
Another little tidbit that made this difficult for me was making the mistake of browsing one of my favorite book catalog sites. Edelweiss, an interactive publisher catalog that retailers, librarians, bloggers & reviewers are privy to use, listed 4570 books in their database for January alone! For 2014 they have about 27,000 books set to be published. And that is a very small estimate. So, after spending hours going through their 2014 catalog, I realized that I did not even make a dent. Combine that with eye strain and an overwhelming feeling that I was missing some great novel, I decided to go back to my original faves. So if I missed an anticipated release that you are dying to read, please leave a comment. I’d love to hear about it.
Under The Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan (January 21, 2014) This is the highly anticipated second novel since writing Loving Frank which followed the mesmerizing yet disturbing relationship between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney. “Under the Wide and Starry Sky chronicles the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson, author of classics including Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne.” ~ Goodreads
Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott (January 28, 2014) I have never read any books by Elizabeth Scott but I keep hearing great things about this author. This YA Contemporary Romance follows Emma as she desperately wants to talk to her mother about all of the things she is going through as a teen but her mother is brain dead and being kept alive for the baby she is carrying. I know, it sounds horrifying and emotional but I love YA authors who have an authentic voice.
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick (February 11, 2014) I love Matthew Quick’s writing. Silver Linings Playbook and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock were two unforgettable reads. I can’t even begin to summarize this book about fictional character Bartholomew Neil. Just go here on Amazon to read the summary and try not to be intrigued.
The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott (February 25, 2014) I didn’t read the best selling book, The Dressmaker and haven’t sunk my teeth into a good historical fiction novel for some time. “Based on the actual murder of a mill girl and the subsequent trial in 1833, The Daring Ladies of Lowell brilliantly captures a transitional moment in America’s history while also exploring the complex nature of love, loyalty, and the enduring power of friendship.” ~Amazon
The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes (February 27, 2014)** I LOVE Jojo Moyes. LOVE! Me Before You was…I have no words. The Last Letter From Your Lover and The Girl You Left Behind ….I just can’t do them justice in a few words. You don’t have to convince me to read a book by her. And it comes out right after my birthday? It’s Kismet, friends! The One Plus One has a fantastic formula… a single working Mom + a handsome stranger = unexpected love story. Here is the blurb on Goodreads. Amazon doesn’t even have it up yet for pre-order.
**This is for the UK release. The US release is a different cover and we have to wait until July 1, 2014.
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (March 18, 2014) Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite NA authors. She just does it right, IMO. Slammed & Point Of Retreat set the bar high for NA and not many authors have reached that standard. Losing Hope left me speechless. “From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.” ~ Goodreads. And she has another book titled Ugly Love also coming out sometime in 2014. No cover or blurb yet but I keep hearing about a character named Miles who will make us all cry and swoon.
Waiting On You (Blue Heron #3) by Kristan Higgins (March 25, 2014) I am screaming on the inside. Just go to the genre pull down for Romance on the blog or to my Goodreads page and you will see the obsession. My go-to for Contemporary Romance is always Kristan Higgins. I have read almost all of her books but my absolute fave was The Best Man and the first book in the Blue Heron series. LOVE the Holland family and in this installment we get to hear about sassy bartender Colleen O’Rourke. CAN NOT WAIT.
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith (April 15, 2014) One of my favorite YA Contemporary Romance authors who once again captures the YA voice so well. Doesn’t this sounds lovely? “Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.” ~ Goodreads
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (May 13, 2014) All the buzz, this little book here. This YA Contemporary Mystery was blurbed on Goodreads as:
“A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.” ——-> SOLD!
Landline by Rainbow Rowell (July 8, 2014) The cover is retro gorgeous but the author made me put this on my list. I don’t know her personally but she is one of my faves so her work will always be on my lists. Eleanor & Park blew me away. I fell in love with techy Lincoln in Attachments. Fangirl? Yep, amazing. Landline is an Adult Contemporary and the premise is once again brilliant:
“Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now. Maybe that was always besides the point. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her. When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything. That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .Is that what she’s supposed to do? Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?” ~ Goodreads
Sorry, how do you shorten that blurb?
So there it is. My shortlist of what I am looking forward to read in 2014. But for now I will simply enjoy all of these books in my TBR pile that seems to never shorten. Not a bad thing to complain about, right? What’s on your 2014 list? Leave me a comment.