With 2014’s top reads out of the way, it’s already time to start looking forward to new books coming out this year. And so far it’s shaping up to be a pretty exciting year! I’ve already got a growing list of new releases to look forward to this year from my favourite authors and others whose work I’ve not come across but looks pretty interesting.
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
Released: 13th January 2015
Find it at: Hachette
I’m ambivalent about Holly Black. On the one hand, I quite liked White Cat. But my daughter brought home a Spiderwick Chronicles book for reading homework a few weeks ago and I could barely stand to read it with her. Nevertheless, I do love a good fairytale retelling, and the echoes of Snow White in this one are strong enough that I want to see what she does with this one.
Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
Find it at: Harper Collins
Possibly the book I’m most looking forward to this year (yes, I am a Gaiman fangirl!) Although I love his full length novels, I always find Neil’s short story collections the most interesting to read because I love the way he plays with different styles and formats. Plus, I hear we get to revisit the American Gods universe in one of the tales in here. What’s not to love?
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
Find it at: Faber & Faber
I’m a massive sucker for Dark Ages historical fantasy – anything with King Arthur, druids and Celts, as well as being interested in the history of that period in general. But most fiction I see set in this era tends to be quite Romantic so I’m really looking forward to seeing how Ishiguro treats it. Like many people my age, I read Remains of the Day in school, and I’m already imagining how that starched, minimalist style and dialogue will work in this setting. Also: isn’t the cover fabulous?
There’s also a book trailer video for this one:
Medicine for the Dead by Tex Thompson
Find it at: Solaris
This is the second part of Tex Thompson’s Children of the Drought series. I read the first part last summer and my initial confusion about what to make of it sparked one of the most interesting discussions I’ve ever had with an author. It really made me question my reading assumptions and ask whether I should be pushing my boundaries more. Now I’ve had a chance to get to grips with the world of the first novel, I’m eager to see what will happen next!
End of Days by Susan Ee
Find it at: Hodder & Stoughton
The Penryn and the End of Days saga has been a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine. It’s so unashamedly teentastic, yet it also has a very stark side that reaches past dystopia and into horror in my opinion. It’s the subplots that grab my interest here and what I’m most looking forward to in the final part: what happens to Paige and what further part will Penryn’s crazy mum play in all this?
Two Years, Eight Months and 28 Nights by Salman Rushdie
Find it at: Random House
When I was 11 or 12, my stepdad gave me a copy of Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Although I read it, I’m sorry to say that I probably didn’t give it the consideration it probably deserved. At that time I was very into pulp fantasies, simple stories with a straightforward plot of good vs evil. I wasn’t ready for more complex stories. So I thought I might start afresh with this new book. The write-up mentions fairytales, storytelling and mythology which are all buzzwords guaranteed to grab my interest. Let’s see if this is the year I can crack Rushdie!
Which books are you most looking forward to this year? I’ve got 55 books in my Goodreads Reading Challenge this year, so I’d love some more recommendations.