As we transition into the new year, we have plenty of “best of 2012” lists to help you catch up on the reading you may have missed. But this is also a good time to look ahead to 2013 and add your name to the request list for some of next year’s most promising titles. Here are a few books that I am looking forward to reading next year.
Robert Cargill’s literary debut is being compared to works by Neil Gaiman and Lev Grossman, and promises to pay homage to classic and modern fantasy alike. The novel immerses readers in a dark world of magic and the supernatural as two young boys travel to the mystical realm of Limestone Kingdom, discovering their childhood secrets and forming paths to adulthood along the way.
When siblings Charlie and Ros inherit their aunt’s home, they revisit the grand English estate to determine what they will do with their inheritance. As the pair consider selling the home, generations of memories transform the building into a character in its own right and make the decision more and more difficult. The novel is being compared to Downton Abbey and Brideshead Revisited and should make for a cozy read.
This novel is already making waves across the pond, and when it debuts in the U.S. in February it is sure to stir up some controversy. On the surface, the tale appears to be a cordial, genteel dinner party between two couples whose sons are close friends. But the horrific tragedy which their boys are responsible for lurks just beneath the polite conversation, and the parents can only tiptoe around the dark truth for so long.
In a small coastal town in Western Ireland, the eccentric Chicky Starr decides to turn her old mansion into an elegant inn for vacationers. As she welcomes her guests, the story transforms into a parade of colorful and varied characters that put Maeve Binchy's signature writing style on display. Sadly, the beloved Irish authoress passed away earlier this year, but her final novel has received high praise in her native country and is being eagerly awaited in the U.S.
There are many rumors surrounding the identity of William Shakespeare, and in this novel Ros Barber hones in on the theory that Shakespeare was none other than playwright Christopher Marlowe. Although this story has been explored time and time again, The Barber’s version is a thriller told in verse, providing a unique twist to the age-old conspiracy theory.