There are a stack of books that I am so excited about; a real eclectic mix - from Biographies to YA Fantasies, not to mention Booker Prize winners! Here is my top 10 list.
Black Count, The by Tom Reiss
A fascinating biography about the real Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas' father. I predict it is going to become a favourite.
Count of Monte Cristo, The by Alexandre Dumas
I haven't read this classic, yet - I've only seen the movie. In view of the above it will be a must read.
Diving Belles by Lucy Wood
This is a book of short stories based on Cornish folk tales. I recently had the opportunity to hear one of them on a podcast - Notes from the house spirits - and I loved it so much I listened twice. I had to add the book to my 2013 reading list.
Fading Amber by Jamie Reed
I loved Living Violet and enjoyed Burning Emerald, which ended on quite a cliff-hanger, so can't wait to read this one.
LivEternal by Paige Bleu
Due out this year, this is book 2 of the fantasy series, The Ameryn Chronicles. It follows on from book 1, Finding Summerland. I'm a big fan of the male protagonist, Wesley. He is such a great character.
Reached by Ally Condie
I really enjoyed the first two books in the Matched series, so I'm looking forward to this last installment.
Splintered by AG Howard
This novel was first brought to my attention by Melissa Marr who praised it in her review on Goodreads. Also, I got it in hardback for Christmas (Yay!). The cover is very impressive indeed. I think this one is going to be Alice-in-Wonderland-ish.
Transcend by Christine Fonsenca
This story is based on the Phantom of the Opera. It comes highly recommended so I want to check it out.
Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Historical fiction and both Booker Prize winners, they must be good, right? I was going to wait for the last in the trilogy so I could read them back-to-back, but I can't wait that long!
Wool by Hugh Howey
This one is tipped to be the next BIG ONE
in terms of popularity and sales. The author started as a self-publisher
and landed a book deal on the strength of this book. I'm planning to
read it before it goes viral. I am quite into dystopian novels at the
moment and I have high hopes this one is going to be great.