Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I'm Looking Forward to Reading in 2012

Of all the Broke and Bookish Top Ten Tuesday lists, this week's is the most dangerous for me.  By the end of the day, I bet I will have added at least 100 books to my WishList :/ I started not to participate today bc I really really don't need  any more books on my list...BUT I couldn't stand it; I had to peek at the upcoming releases on Amazon, Publisher's Weekly, etc.  
That was all it took.  

Of the hundreds of new releases for 2012 I tried to focus on the ones I have marked as auto-ship.  I don't even have to order these; they'll be sent to me automatically...that's how sure I am that I need them.  
Good grief.

1.  The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice (Feb. 14, 2012)
I was an early Anne Rice fan...but she lost me after Taltos...that, my friends, was a weird book.  I'm excited that maybe this new subject matter will bring back the original Rice of the vampire series!
Fingers crossed!

2.  11th Hour by James Patterson (May 7, 2012)

This is Patterson's last chance...I was completely disgusted by the stupidity of the 10th book in this series.  I said then that I would give him one more chance...and here it is.

3.  Kiss the Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton (June 5, 2012)

No book cover image is available for the newest Anita Blake, so Laurell is standing in :)  Can't wait for this one...should have enough twists and turns in it to keep my head spinning...also will have my favorite vampire hottie, Jean Claude...yum yum ;)

4.  Pioneer Woman Cookbook by Ree Drummond (March 13, 2012)

Love her or hate her...the woman can cook.  I've found a couple of recipes that I didn't care for, but on the whole, most of her recipes work for me.  I've probably used her first cookbook more than any other I own, so I'm looking forward to more of the same.  

5.  DeadLocked by Charlaine Harris (May 1, 2012)

I originally heard a rumor that this would be the last Sookie Stackhouse book, but this morning I read an interview with Harris herself who said that Deadlocked is the next to last book.  She already knows how it will end, and the final Sookie will be released in May of 2013.  I hope we have less fairies in this one...they confuse me for some reason...I think I just can't keep up with all the extra characters.

6.  Bringing Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (Fall 2012)

I'm still slowly digesting Wolf Hall, but I know I want this one.  This whopper is going to be 600 pages so no telling how long it will take me...but I still can't wait!! 

7.  Home by Toni Morrison (May 8, 2012)

I've read most of Morrison's work, so this is a no-brainer for me.  A no-brainer that I would buy it, not a no-brainer to read...but that's how I like em. :)

8.  More Room in a Broken Heart by Stephen Davis (Jan. 10, 2012)

I like memoirs...and especially those of classic celebrities...those who've been around as long as I can remember and really have rich stories and experiences to talk about...not that namby pamby stuff in a Miley Cyrus "memoir" (is it even possible for 20 year olds to write "memoirs"?)  I have nothing against Miley Cyrus and I'm just using her as an example.  Surely she hasn't written a book??

9.  The Rope by Nevada  Barr (Jan 17, 2012)

I'm scoping out other series since I feel sure I'll be dropping a couple of my die hard series this year...Evanovich and Patterson each have one more chance...that's it.  I can't waste precious reading time on stupid stuff.  I know that sounds mean, but I just can't.
I read one of Nevada Barr's a couple of years ago (Deep South) and really liked it, but I'm kinda anal about starting a series at the beginning, so I wouldn't allow myself to keep reading until I backed up to #1 :/  I'm giving myself permission to read The Rope when it's released :)
That is...if I don't have a panic attack first.

10.  Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen (May 1, 2012)

I like Quindlen.  I haven't read everything she's written, but one of my favorites is Blessings.  The audio of her small book about her dog (Good Dog. Stay.) is my first audio of 2012 as well.  Again, I'm fond of life stories written by folks who've actually experienced some life and have spent time analyzing where they are, where they've been and what's next.

There you have it my friends.  My must haves of 2012 (so far).  I'm not keeping track of how many books I'm adding to my WishList from other Top Ten Tuesday posts...I hope Amazon doesn't have a limit


  1. That is a packed list! I do not share your patience with Patterson. Once I found out he doesn't write his own stuff, I crossed him off my list! Even his YA is bad. I do share your love for Rice. She has lost her way a couple of times but there aren't many authors that I've followed as closely has her through the years!

  2. I need to catch up on the Sookie series, I'm on book 7 but haven't read any in months. Great list :)

  3. I suspected as much, Sandy...I figure the Maxine Paetro lady is doing the writing and Patterson is just slapping his name on it. The Women's Murder Club has lacked lustre since the book where Jill was killed off. The original characters were the best. I don't care for Suki or Cindy...My daughter reads these too, or I might have given up books ago.

  4. Sam, I'm glad Harris has a plan for the end of the series...better to go out on top than keep on writing and making up stuff just to make money. When the story is over, it's over. I'm pretty snarky right now with authors who waste readers' time...makes me feel taken advantage of.

  5. I'll have to give Anne Rice another try. I read Interview a few years back and was only so-so. But I am so intrigued with her other books I keep picking them up at the library but have yet to check any more out.

    And, yeah, Toni Morrison - I'm looking forward to getting more familiar with her work.

  6. I have the Toni Morrison on my list as well. I did half my list from my shelves and half new releases today, because I don't even want to go there. I read so many 2011 releases last year and there is already a whole world of books on my shelves.

  7. I am looking forward to The Pioneer Woman Cookbook too. I love her recipes! I love Carly Simon and would love to read that book as well.

  8. There are people who hate Pioneer Woman? Who are these monsters?! Also, yay for Sookie, but boo for the series ending (I know what you mean about the fairies though- and even just the later books, where there are so many characters that it takes her about 40 pages to explain who they all are! Yeah, I'm reading the 10th book right now, and that just happened...)

  9. Funny of all of those books...it is the cookbook that I am craving now!! I really need to learn to cook...lol

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  10. Excellent choices! I have never read Charlaine Harris, and I'm thinking I need to remedy that. I've also never read Laurell K. Hamilton, which is a CRIME! Can you tell I'm in the mood for vampires all of a sudden? LOL

  11. Oh, I love the Pioneer Woman! I stood in line for FOUR. HOURS. to meet her and have my copy of her first cookbook signed. (In retrospect, that was crazy. But fun.) I didn't know she has a second one on the way -- awesome!

  12. I haven't read Rice since I was in college...she lost me somewhere around Queen of the Damned. She might be kind of fun to revisit, though.

  13. I haven't read Anne Rice in ages!! I read a few of the vampire books year and years ago but then stopped for some reason.

    And I"m mad at Anna Quindlen so I'm not sure about that one!!

  14. I shall have to get that Nevada Barr book for my mom. Its the only thing that she really takes time to read. I don't think she has read any of them in order, so it probably isn't as big a deal as for some series.

  15. I've been thinking about reading some Charlaine Harris for awhile, I think 2012 is finally the year! Looking forward to your review. New follower!

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  16. I am also looking forward to the new Mantel, though I still haven't read Wolf Hall! I plan on doing that soon though, and it would be great to know that I have the second installment just waiting for me when I am done! Wonderful list today!