Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books of 2013

This topic requires me to confess something: I pay limited attention to upcoming releases. Not because I don't want to support authors, but because I find the average synopsis repellent. Strange, I know—but all the drama is exhausting. I feel the same way about kick-you-in-the-teeth first paragraphs. Pull me in with pretty language, show me signs of lovable characters. Don't tell me the book is about some wild, gutwrenching, apparently unresolvable situation, and then start off with "The one thing in life I can never seem to remember is that I'm dead."

Though, until the Target Audiences for Popular Novels resemble me more closely than they do now, the publishing industry is probably best served by ignoring that advice.

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That said, there are a handful of 2013 releases I already know I'll be interested to read.

1. A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. The final installment of The Wheel of Time. I'd actually wait in line at midnight for this one.

2. Transparent by Natalie Whipple. Because I've been reading the author's blog with much enjoyment for a couple of years. Her House of Ivy and Sorrow looks more interesting than Transparent to me, and I expect to be very excited to read it, but that one's not coming till 2014.

And... well, shoot. I was going to say Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger, but that's already out! Which means it's time to get my hands on a copy. She has a YA debut—Let the Sky Fall—coming, too, but the more I'm around the categories, the more I generally favor middle grade and young teen stories over the young adult ones. Keeper looks like especial fun. Though I just may wind up reading Let The Sky Fall, too.

More will come up as we progress through 2013, of course. I'm vastly more susceptible to reviews than to synopses.

What soon-to-come books are you looking forward to?


  1. OH! I've met a guy from Norway last year in London and he told me about The Wheel of Time!! And I was like "Sure, I will check it out!" And then his friend looked at me with A LOOK and said "You know you won't have any life if you start reading these books? They will suck you in and you'll be home reading for a month at least" lol. I said "that must be pretty amazing" :P I still need to read it though!! :) Awesome list! And I don't like reading summaries either :P Somehow they always manage to spoil me the book :P

  2. I've heard nothing but praise for The Wheel of Time series - I think it's time for me to get sucked in.

  3. I'm all in favor of The Wheel of Time! And right before the release of the last one is probably a great time to get sucked in. But yes, you probably will disappear off the social radar for several weeks. Thirteen 600-page books take time to read--but that was one of the things I liked about them. :)

  4. Mmm yes, LET THE SKY FALL looks great!

    My TTT: http://shelversanon.blogspot.com/2012/11/top-10-tuesday-my-most-anticipated.html

  5. I'm really late to this, but sequels to:

    Tempest by Juliette Cross
    Across the Universe by Beth Revis (finale)
    Cinder by Marissa Meyer
    Legend by Marie Lu
    The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe
    Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson
    Hourglass by Myra Mcintire (finale)



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