Thursday, December 30, 2010

What I'll Be Reading in 2011

I have a handful or so of 2011 galleys right now and these are the ones I'm looking forward to the most!
The Matchmaker of Kenmare, by Frank Delaney. The follow-up to Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show is my most anticipated book of 2011 so far. Random House, February.

The Oracle of Stamboul, by Michael David Lukas. Looks really good. About a little girl who becomes advisor to the Sultan in the Ottoman Empire. Harper, February.

Enough About Love, by Herve le Tellier. I actually read about half of this book at the NEIBA conference where I picked it up. Frothy fun about French people falling in love. Other Press, February.

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. Looks like fun from Random House. February.

West of Here, by Jonathan Evison. Can't wait to read this highly touted book from Algonquin Press. February.

The Fates Will Find Their Way, by Hannah Pittard. Pittard's book is this month's Indiespensable selection from Powell's, so it has to be good. Ecco, February.

Tourquai, by Tim Davys. Another in the series of books including Amberville and Lanceheim about goings-on among a community of stuffed animals. I should probably read those, too! At least I own Amberville. Harper, March.

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But you know what? I want to spend most of my 2011 reading things off my shelf and not worrying quite so much about new releases or the flavor of the month. I think that would be nice for a change. But if A.S. Byatt or Margaret Atwood have new books this year all bets are off!

I'm also planning several theme months- Irish Month in March, and science fiction/fantasy in July, among others, to help me work through some of my backlog. It worked well in November when I did Russia Month so why not try it again.

So let me ask you- what are you looking forward to? Is there anything you'd recommend for me?