By Lo Wan Ni
It’s time to set some New Year’s resolutions and reading is one of mine. I have set my 2013 Goodreads Reading Challenge at a modest 52 books this year – a book a week. While I was doing that I decided to check out some books that are slated for publishing in 2013 to add them to my To-Read list and I thought I might share some of them with you.
About.com has categorized the upcoming Fiction releases by month. For example, in January, historical fiction author Tracy Chevalier will be releasing The Last Runaway, a historical novel set in 19th century America about the Underground Railroad, a movement to provide safe passage to black slaves. This is her first book set in America. I liked her previous works such as Girl With The Pearl Earring and Remarkable Creatures so this upcoming book is on my to-read list.
The Book Case blog also provides a similar monthly list that will be updated frequently. If you are a fan of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid has a new book How To Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, another novel juxtaposing the East and West. Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, will be releasing his third novel, And The Mountains Echo towards the middle of the year. What a year for Middle Eastern voices!
Purported time travelers at The Huffington Post have chosen their favourites for 2013, a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. Among these titles are My Brother’s Book, a picture book published posthumously by the late Maurice Sendak; The Ocean At The End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman; and Big Brother by Lionel Shriver (author of We Need To Talk About Kevin). I personally am looking forward to American Savage on that list.
Lastly, The Guardian provides an England-centric list for Spring reading, of which I am intrigued by Deborah Moggach’s Heartbreak Hotel, which is reportedly the Welsh version of her previous successful The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which was made into a widely celebrated film in 2012.
Apart from the Adult Fiction, the Young Adult fiction scene is seeing a book of sequels to current series, such as The Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, which will also be released as a film in 2013. For more upcoming Young Adult titles, it’s worthwhile checking out this Goodreads list.
Are there any books you are looking forward to for 2013? Let us know!