Happy New Year, everyone! I know the general consensus is to say “GOOD RIDDANCE” to 2016, but in terms of reading I had a GREAT year. I read so many fantastic books, visited so many awesome blogs and continued to interact with many fellow bloggers. While the world around us falls apart, speculative fiction is alive and well! And 2017 promises to be even better. My TBR is FULL of upcoming releases, and I’m going to do everything I can to read as many of them as possible.
2017 is going to be the year my son graduates from high school and starts college! So big things are ahead for my family, and my daughter isn’t far behind, since she’ll be a senior next year:-)
I also want to take a moment to congratulate my Sci-Fi Month winners, who got to choose any of the books I featured during Sci-Fi Month:
Christy L. chose The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi and Cat S. chose Dream Fall by Amy Plum
And now for my January books! I’m happy to say my plans for December were semi-successful: I tried to read and pre-schedule some of my January review titles, and I was able to read three of them, which isn’t too bad. I’m hoping to continue that “read ahead” trend all year if I can. I’m also hoping (as I do every year) to restrain myself from requesting too many review books. I seem to fail at this every year, and yet I set this as a goal anyway. I’m not doing very well so far, especially since NetGalley is offering some of my most anticipated releases, and I’m helpless against clicking that “request” button, lol.
Here are the books I’m hoping to read this month:
First, please feel free to appreciate these first three books, which all feature corn fields/crows on the covers!
Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire is a new Tor.com novella, completely separate from her Wayward Children series!
The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett was recently pitched to me by Tor. I wasn’t crazy about Kim’s first book, Blood and Salt, but I’m definitely willing to try another of her books. This looks creepy!
Haven, Kansas by Alethea Kontis. I’ve already read this and written my review, which goes up tomorrow. Kontis is a traditionally published author who decided to go the self-publishing route with this book, and I was really impressed with the quality.
Metronome by Oliver Langmead. I read Langmead’s Dark Star a couple of years ago and couldn’t stop raving about it, so I’m pretty darned excited to read his next book.
Heartstone by Elle Katharine White. I’ve already seen some glowing reviews for this fantasy take on Pride and Prejudice, so I’m very excited to see if it lives up to the hype!
Department Zero by Paul Crilley. My first Lovecraft-inspired book of the year!
Caraval by Stephanie Garber. One of the most super-hyped YAs of 2017, my review will be up near the end of the month. My feelings are a bit mixed on this one, and I’m afraid my review won’t be too popular with readers who have been gushing over this and giving it five stars…
Home (Binti #2) by Nnedi Okorafor. This is the second Tor.com novella I have planned for this month, and I’m so curious to see how Okorafor continues her very strange story!
Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty. Trippy resurrection space story! I’m very excited to read this.
Events & Giveaways
I won’t be having my Book Review Giveaway this month—mostly because I didn’t get very many reviews up in December (but stay tuned, we’re back on in February!). Instead, I’ve joined the Best of 2016 Giveaway Hop, hosted by Bookhounds. One winner will get to pick one of my favorite books of the year. Check back here on January 19th!
Other than that, I don’t have any author interviews or events scheduled. My goal is to concentrate on reviews this month.