Monday, February 18, 2013

Ten Books I cannot Wait to Read in 2013


So it has been a little while (apart from me reviewing a new stunning absolute fave) and I have been somewhat out of the loop of the reading world. We moved house at the end of last year (same suburb, further into the rainforest) and my computer died :/ But the good news is, I've had so much reading time (I have read 17 books already this year, which is more than double my rating rate of 2012) and it's been seriously so good to rekindle my love of reading and that buzzy feeling you get from having a truly good book waiting for you to curl up with.

My new backyard. So very blessed to have a creek running through it...
In honour of getting psyched about books again, I have made a little list of books I am seriously pumped for. It is not exhaustive (I know there are lots coming out that aren't even on my radar yet). This entire list is just books from ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE authors of mine. The authors who I have already read their entire catalogue of books and just sit around twiddling my thumbs waiting for more...

I have a feeling 2013 is going to be a GREAT year for reading.

1. Haze by Paula Weston
If (for some insane reason) you have not read Shadows yet, now is the perfect time to get with the program (and meet the hotness that is Rafa). I have been chatting about Shadows with a good friend of mine and we seriously cannot get over JUST HOW GOOD IT WAS (She reminded me of a certain shower scene...haha). I am saving up my second reread for a smidgen closer to the release of Haze, but I am so itching to get my hands on this sequel (who else is counting down to May?)

2. The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
Guys, Sarah Ockler just keeps getting better and better. Her last book, Bittersweet, was in my top ten reads of 2012 and if you're any kind of contemporary YA fan at all, Sarah Ockler is where it's at. My sister has preordered this for me (as a delayed birthday present). Bring on the swoon <3

3. The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr
Speaking of contemporary. The brilliant Sara Zarr has one coming out in May. She is pretty much the goddess of contemporary, such achey characters and killer dialogue. So good at crafting tension, she could be writing about taking out the rubbish and I'd be on the edge of my seat, admiring the prose, haha. Really excited for this book, hey.

4. Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
So this list keeps getting better and better. I ADORE Elizabeth Scott. She is my go to author for comfort reading. She always brings the swoon and often get tears out of me as well. Me + her books are just the perfect combo. I couldnt stop grinning when I heard a new book would be out in September...

5. The Howling Boy by Cath Crowley
It's been two years since I fell so hard for Lucy and Ed and the brilliance that was Graffiti Moon. And I just know this book is going to be so well worth the wait (sounds like such a lame phrase for what I am trying to say: which is I am simply DYING to get my greedy little hands on it)

6. Wildlife by Fiona Wood
The sophomore novel to the brilliant debut that was Six Impossible Things. Oh, you guys, YOU GUYS, I feel like we have been waiting so long for this book that it is hard to imagine it actually finally being out there. But 2013 is the year and, even more exciting, Fiona Wood recently announced her US three book deal (being Six Impossible Thing, Wildlife plus (yay!) a third. About time, hey! :) I am so psyched that Fiona will have such a wide readership and I know her books are going to bring so much joy, so many smiles, to so many readers x

My last three books I am hanging out for are from favourite adult authors

7. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
You know I love the Moriarty girls. So so much. I feel positively SPOILED to have another book by Liane Moriarty coming up. I recently read Nicola Moriarty's book and loved it so, just loved it. And I have loved all of Liane's books, they are just the perfect kind of book to curl up with and smile through. (and occasionally cry happy-sad tears)

8. Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell
I am not sure how much love I have spread for Maggie, but I truly LOVE her work. She writes beautifully, her story are just hauntingly good. Her characters bleed on to the pages. She is a beloved author of mine and I so very much cannot wait to read her latest <3

9. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
My fave swoony, light-hearted, slightly ridiculous-always fun chick lit author. Everyone needs an author like Kinsella to grin an afternoon away with :)

10. Harvest of Gold by Tessa Afshar
You guys, Tessa Afshar has rekindled my love of really really great Christian fiction. This is her third book and I seriously devoured her first two: both being unputdownable stories with flawed and compelling characters. I am so sold on her stuff, she is an auto-buy for me and I 100% recommend her to all fans of Christian historical fiction.

So just putting together this post has me getting all jittery and excited for my reading year  And this is only the beginning. There's a bunch of debuts that are calling out to me, and other authors I have my eye on (I didn't even get to discussing other faves such as Stephanie Perkins, Gayle forman, Jennifer Echols and Lauren Strasnick...)

Are you hanging out for any of these? 
Any books from your favourite authors coming out in 2013 that I should know about?


  1. A creek? WOW!

    I loved Pearl in the Sand. I should try more Tessa.

  2. Oh my goodness that is so awesome you have a creek running through your backyard!! So beautiful! :)
    Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott looks so good, I've only read one other book by her, but would love to read more. I hope you have a wonderful book-filled 2013, Nomes!

    Katie from Call Me Crazy

  3. Hehe I was just planning my "cannot wait to read in 2013" list as well!! Except I swear all my picks are sequels/companions because I've been so out of the loop as well, i'm pretty sure there's only one new author on that list. I seriously need to read Shadows! And your backyard looks gorgeous :)

  4. A creek? I'm rather jealous at the moment! lol.

    It sounds like your break from the blogosphere was a good thing since you read for fun without any worries. :) It's good to have you back around these parts though<3

  5. Hi! *waves* So good to see you around here. :)

    Ooh, I need to add the Kinsella to my list. I've only read I've Got Your Number but I loved it and need to add her to my author watch-list.

    Also, thanks for reminding me of the new Liane Moriarty and Cath Crowley titles! *adds to the TBR*

    I hope to read Lucy Variations soon, and I can be in touch to my reaction if you want. ;)

    I hope you're enjoying your new home.

  6. Oh I forgot about Elizabeth Scott's new novel... I haven't heard much about it, but it is definitely on the top of my TBR list!!

  7. Your backyard is lovely!!
    And I hope you get to read all those books!!
    I got one of Nicola Moriarty's books in my TBR pile and I'm itching to read it :D

  8. Some awesome picks Nomes! I can't wait for Haze and more Rafa, hopefully we don't have to wait too long for it's release. Also Ockler and Kinsella have quickly become my favourite authors for providing rainy day comfort reads, so I'm extremely looking forward to new releases from them! A lot of the other books you've mentioned I've not heard of so I'll definitely have to check them out! :)

  9. I'm so jealous of your backyard! I can't imagine seeing that out my windows every day. I too am very excited for Rafa Pt. Two among many others you listed. This is going to be a great YA year--I just know it. Now if only I could get on your 17 books already pace...


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  11. What, that is your backyard?!?! I... words... words cannot express how envious I am. Oh--what was I saying? Oh yes, that I love how your books are filled to the brim with Aussie authors, some of whom I've heard of (some of whose books I actually have but have yet to read), some of whom are new to me. I need to read more Aussie fiction soon! Have loved Jaclyn Moriarty, grew up with all her books, have a feeling that her sisters would be just as great.

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  15. Howling Boy. I can't even describe my level of excitement. And Wildlife! YES. It's happening, really happening. I can't wait to see Dan Cereill on the shelves in the US. It's a good thing the bookstore closest to me closed otherwise I'd be there everyday shoving the book into people's hands. I can't wait for my yearly Sophie Kinsella fix either.

    You live in an actual rainforest. I still can't get over it.


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