Guess which authors are coming to Thanksgiving dinner this year?! Yes - this is a wishlist, but these authors kept me inspired to read in 2011, and I do wish I could have them over to dinner - or rather, I wish they would have me over, because I don't like cooking elaborate meals.
Loved: Across the Universe - one of my Favorite Reads of Spring 2011 and it's on my list of 10 Enticing Book Covers of 2011.
Looking forward to reading: A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2)
Godspeed was fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos. It's been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that's growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.
Loved: Graceling (The Seven Kingdoms, #1) - another of my Favorite Reads of Spring 2011.
Looking forward to reading: Fire (The Seven Kingdoms, #2) & Bitterblue (The Seven Kingdoms, #3).
It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she has the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.
Loved: The Marriage Bureau for Rich People
Looking forward to reading: The Many Conditions of Love and The Wedding Wallah
Can true love triumph in the face of fierce family opposition? Mr Ali's marriage bureau is flourishing but trouble isn't far away once son Rehman begins secretly to woo TV journalist Usha in the small cafes and on the beautiful beaches of South Indian Vizag in an ill-advised romance. Meanwhile the lovely Aruna has a problem or two all her own. She enjoys being Mr Ali's right-hand woman at the marriage bureau, having a wonderful husband Ram, and living in a mansion a far cry from her parents' cramped one-room house; but how long can Aruna remain happy once her spiteful sister-in-law Mani comes home to stay?
Loved: Delirium - on my list of 10 Books Published in 2011 That Invoked Strong Emotions in Me and Favorite Reads of Spring 2011
Looking forward to reading: Before I Fall
What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life? Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death - and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.
Loved: Full Dark, No Stars - it's on my list of 10 Books To Read During Halloween - The 2011 Edition and 10 Enticing Book Covers of 2011.
Looking forward to reading: 11/22/63
November 22nd, 1963 was a rapid-fire sequence of indelible moments: Shots ring out; a president slumped over; a race to the Dallas hospital; an announcement, blood still fresh on the First Lady's dress. But what if President John F. Kennedy didn't have to die; if somehow his assassin could have been thwarted? For Maine schoolteacher Jake Epping, those hypothetical what if's become real possibilities when he walks through a portal to the past.
Loved: A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1 & #2) - one of my Favorite Reads of Summer 2011
Looking forward to reading: A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3).
Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King's Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world.
Loved: Kindred - also one of my Favorite Reads of Summer 2011.
Looking forward to reading: Parable of the Sower, Octavia E. Butler.
In a time of urban squalor, rampant violence, and deadly decay, anarchy rules. But for Lauren Olamina, a new hope is dawning when she leaves the chaos of L.A. and flees north with a tiny band of followers.
Read: Shiver, Linger & Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy)
Looking forward to reading: The Scorpio Races
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die. At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them. Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn't given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition - the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
Loved: Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart - another one of my also one of my Favorite Reads of Summer 2011
Looking forward to reading: A Rogue By Any Other Name
A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London's most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance - including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury.
Loved: A Monster Calls (such a touching book)
Looking forward to reading: Chaos Walking series.
Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee -- whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not -- stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden - a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives. But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?
Are any of these authors on your list of books to be read in 2012?