Sorry for the lack of activity on here, I got back from spending Christmas in Ireland and promptly got sick. I’ve spent over the past week in bed with a bad cough and cold. Needless to say I wasn’t inspired to write much, not when coughing up a lung (or so it felt). It did give me some time to think and I got wondering what books I’m looking forward to in 2014. At first I couldn’t think of much but when I went researching I came up with this list. Not everything is finalised for all these books, some don’t even have names, just mere hints on Twitter that the book will be out in 2014. So onwards with the list!
Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (AKA J.K. Rowling)
This was one of the first ones I could think of when I first started to make a list.
I have no name yet, nor a release date. Just a promise on the Robert Galbraith website that the second book has already been finished and should be out this year! This better happen! Scratch that! The name and release date has been announced. Called The Silkworm and is out 19th June.
Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
The 3rd book from the Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics authors is due out May 13th. I loved Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics so I’m really looking forward to this. About time there was a 3rd book!
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (and Other Lessons from the Crematory) by Caitlin Doughty
I’m a big fan of Caitlin Doughty’s YouTube Ask A Mortician (I’ve often posted the videos in my YouTube Picks) and her Order of the Good Death. It was announced on her blog back in October 2012 that she would be releasing a memoir. Her most recent blog post states that it’s been slated for an Autumn release this year, yay! ETA: Out 15th September.
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Hurrah, our first book cover! According to the Wikipedia page for this book, it’s supposed to be King’s first ‘hard-boiled detective book’. That’s the main reason it’s peaked my interest if I’m honest! Last year helped piqued my interest again in detective stories. This is due to be released June 3rd.
Too Much Information: Or: Can Everyone Just Shut Up for a Moment, Some of Us are Trying to Think by Dave Gorman
Yes, the title is a mouthful! I had forgotten I had earmarked this book to read when Dave had first announced about it on Twitter. Part of the synopsis says ‘Suspicious adverts, baffling newspaper headlines, fake twitter, endless cat videos, insane TV shows where the presenters ask the same questions over and over…
Can we even hear ourselves think over the rising din? Or is there just too much information?’. I love a good Dave Gorman book, I’ve been a big fan of his for a while so looking forward to this one for sure! Release date is June 5th.
Who Is Tom Ditto? by Danny Wallace
This is Danny Wallace’s second novel (first being Charlotte Street). I’m a big fan of his non-fiction work (Yes Man was original a book by him before they made it into a film) and I enjoyed Charlotte Street. On my search of books that are due out this year I came across this new novel Who Is Tom Ditto?. Story sounds interesting (Tom awakes one day to a baffling note from his girlfriend that says Tom,I have not left you. But I am gone. Please carry on as normal. Love always, Hayley) which I must say intrigues me! Release date is April 24th.
The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
I generally enjoy Jenny Colgan’s book, they’re an easy read but always sweet and fun. This book will follow Polly, who moves to sleepy seaside resort after a break up and ends up, by the sounds of it, accidently opening a bakery. Due to be released 13th March.
How To Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
This new book by Caitlin Moran is a novel but it’s based on her life between ages 14 and 17. In an article with Stylist, Moran says about the book ‘ (it’s about) That time where you realise you’re going to have to invent yourself. So, you go out there and find poems and role models. You bolt yourself together and it’s like Weird Science. And the first one you make is a freak without brains. I want to make amazing female protagonists, and while I may not have done that, I have made a protagonist who has sex with a man with a uselessly large penis’. So that sounds interesting! And considering I loved her stories about her teenage years in How to be a Woman (cheese on cheese sandwich anyone? With it’s own theme song to Girls on Film by Duran Duran!), I think I’ll enjoy this. Release date July 3rd.
Four: A Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth
A set of short stories from the Divergent world, told from the perspective of Four. Not incredibly excited about this I must say, though I will probably pick it up at some stage as I did enjoy the Divergent trilogy. Amazon has the release as June 25th but I read an article somewhere saying that it’s been pushed back to July. So expect it some time around then!
Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch
Last but not least! I actually didn’t have a name for this book just now. I had originally gone onto Ben Aaronovitch’s Twitter on the off chance of finding any tweets about the next book in the Rivers of London series. I found one where he said he’s hoping for an August release date. When I went back on Twitter just now to retrieve said tweet, I came across another tweet from another user with a link to the Amazon page for the new book. I swear it wasn’t there last night when I went looking it up but then again it was 4am! Amazon has the date listed as July 17th. Very excited to read the next PC Peter Grant instalment!
And that’s it! For now anyway, I’m sure there will be other books that will interest me as the year goes on, as more are announced. Very pleased there’s a good chunk of books from some of my favourite authors. Not a bad mix of fiction and non-fiction too. Let me know in the comments if any of these interest you or if there’s any books you’re really looking forward to!