As I frantically try to keep up with the new books coming into the store, I'm already preparing for the books to come in 2012. Already, our basement storage area at the store is overflowing with advanced reading copies for books due out through August. And yet, I still have ARCs for January on my pile.
I'm excited about what's on the horizon for this next year. It is shaping up to be as promising as this past year. While we're waiting for the sequels to Divergent, Ashes, Ashfall, and eagerly awaiting the upcoming Hunger Games movie, we can fill our thirst for compelling reads with CINDER by Marissa Meyer (out January 3).
I'm not overexaggerating how great this book is. With the re-emergence of fairytale-based stories (Grimm and Once Upon a Time -- television shows), Meyer may just have a mega-hit on her hands. And in August, Stephanie Bodeen's next book, THE RAFT, comes out. Like all her books, this one has to be read from start to finish as quickly as possible.
Also in January, John Green's new YA novel, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, comes out. A powerful, raw, and poignant look at kids with cancer. Don't miss this one.
And for humor, Meg Rosoff's THERE IS NO DOG will do just fine. This is an irreverent and often humorous answer to the question "What kind of God would...." The answer is hilarious -- and strangely makes a lot of sense.
There are certainly more out there, and I do hope to discover them as they come along. I hope you do too.
Have a great new year!