Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday : 2011 Books I'm Anticipating

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's list is Top Ten 2011 Books I’m Anticipating. The following list includes books that have caught my eye in the past few weeks that I’ve yet to get my hands on. Most are for the first quarter of 2011. (Title links are to author websites or Goodreads pages. Photo links are Amazon affiliate links.)

iubookgirl’s top ten (in order of publication):
1. The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown. Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam. (Jan. 20)
How can I possibly resist the opening line of the Goodreads description?
There is no problem that a library card can't solve.
I love fiction with the world of books woven into its fabric. Brown's website describes The Weird Sisters as "a winsome novel that explores sibling rivalry, the power of books, and the places we decide to call home." I'm excited to see if this debut novel lives up to my expectations.

2. The Death Instinct by Jed Rubenfeld. Penguin. (Jan. 20)
Rubenfeld's new novel blends fact and fiction to tell the story of a terrorist attack that hit Manhattan on September 16, 1920. Yes, 1920. This Wall Street bombing is still unsolved. I'm hoping to add Jed Rubenfeld to the pedestal I've constructed for Erik Larson.

3. The Cypress House by Michael Koryta. Little, Brown. (Jan. 24)
Koryta's So Cold the River is already on my TBR list, and I'm hoping to read both books before seeing Koryta at Big Hat Books & Arts on February 2. His suspenseful stories sound right up my alley.

4. A Cup of Friendship by Deborah Rodriguez. Ballantine Books. (Jan. 25)
I was first attracted to this book by its cover, then the description sucked me in. A Cup of Friendship is the story of an American expat, her coffee shop in Afghanistan, and its motley crew of customers. Though they all become friends, they all hide secrets too.

5. The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. Minotaur Books. (Feb. 1)
I've read good things about this book, and it's my favorite genre. I also think it will be interesting to read an author who is a best seller in Japan. Are their tastes different than mine? We shall see, but this sounds like a great book.

6. The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse. Penguin. (Feb. 3)
Historical fiction and mystery. In France. Need I say more?

7. A New World by Tom Rob Smith. Grand Central Publishing. (Feb. 21)
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This is the third book in Smith's Leo Demidov series. I'm somewhat fascinated with Russia, and this series is set in Stalin's Soviet Union. Leo Demidov begins the series as an officer in the State Security Force, or MGB. Leo is forced to face the realities of the Soviet Union. I really enjoyed the first installment in this series, Child 44. I have a little catching up to do, but I'm still looking forward to book number three.

8. The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht. Random House. (Mar. 8)
The following description from Goodreads really intrigued me. As you all know, I enjoy a good mystery. Plus, I can trace part of my family to the Balkan region (specifically Serbia), so that's an added element of interest.
The time: the present. The place: a Balkan country ravaged by years of conflict. Natalia, a young doctor, is on a mission of mercy to an orphanage when she receives word of her beloved grandfather’s death far from their home under circumstances shrouded in confusion. Remembering childhood stories her grandfather once told her, Natalia becomes convinced that he spent his last days searching for "the deathless man," a vagabond who claimed to be immortal. As Natalia struggles to understand why her grandfather, a deeply rational man, who go on such a farfetched journey, she stumbles across a clue that leads her to the extraordinary story of the tiger’s wife.
9. Bent Road by by Lori Roy. Dutton. (Mar. 31)
Another debut novel and another fascinating synopsis! Family secrets, mystery, and a great endorsement from Dennis Lehane who calls Roy's voice "rich and evocative."

10. Fun & Games by Duane Swierczynski. Mulholland Books. (June 20)
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Mulholland Books says this is "the first of three explosive pulp thrillers arriving back-to-back from cult crime fiction sensation and Marvel Comics scribe Duane Swierczynski." Enough said.

What are you looking forward to in 2011? Do you know of some titles you think I'd love? Tell me!


  1. Great choices, I have The Death Instinct sitting on my shelf right now. I also think it seems very interesting.


  2. Oh my gosh! I love you to pieces right now! I'm adding a bunch of these to my GR list. It was bumming me out because, while I was happy with my YA picks, I was really wanting some adult books to get excited about! YOU ROCK!!

  3. A couple more I'm looking forward to: THE SENTRY (Putnam, January), ONE TRUE SENTENCE (Minotaur, February), LONG GONE (Harper, June), HELL IS EMPTY (Viking, June)

  4. Oooh! ONE TRUE SENTENCE looks especially good! Thanks for the recs.

  5. Nice list! So does your title imply that you are a Hoosier fan???

  6. Great list! I didn't realize Tom Rob Smith has a new book coming out.

  7. Terrific selections...The Death Instinct sounds great, and I have The Weird Sisters up next on my reading pile.

  8. Thanks for the head's up! I didn't realize Kate Mosse had a new book coming out!