I didn’t really make a New Year’s resolution for 2011, but I have given a little thought to what books I’m excited about reading. I typically read about 20 novels a year (which is way less that what I actually want to read) and basically everything I read tends to fall into the category of speculative fiction (i.e. science fiction and fantasy).
So with that in mind, here are some novels (both old and new) that I’m looking forward to reading in the next year.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
I’ve been dying to read this for awhile. I keep hearing so many good things about it and keep seeing it near the top of lists that taut “top fantasy novels of the decade” and so forth. Luckily, I’ve got a copy sitting on my mantle just waiting for me to pick it up. My goal is to have it read by the time Wise Man’s Fear comes up in the spring.
Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
I got The Hunger Games for Christmas and read it by the new year. A very fast read and a gripping story. I’m definitely excited to see what happens next.
Side Jobs and Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
Side Jobs is a short story collection and Ghost Story is the thirteenth novel in the Dresden Files, which is one of my favorite series right now. I picked up Storm Front when I was travelled a few years ago and immediately read the next seven. I finally caught up with Changes last year.
The Well of Ascension and The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
These are the second and third novels in the Mistborn trilogy. I read Mistborn: The Final Empire in late 2010 and I thought it was fantastic. I actually bought the whole trilogy so I’ve got them on hand and I plan to read them both this year.
Princep’s Fury by Jim Butcher
This is book five in the Codex Alera epic fantasy series. I don’t like it as well as the Dresden Files, but it’s still good. I got this for Christmas as well so I’ll definitely have to slot it in this year.
Read Books that I Own
I got several novels for Christmas and I’m a little backlogged at the moment. Another one of my goals is to simply reduce the number of unread novels in my house.
Read a New Author
There are tons of authors that I’ve never read that I’ve been longing to try out. I think the odds are good that I’ll pick up something by one of these authors this year: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Joe Abercrombie, and China Mieville.
Read Something Random
Every year, despite everything else I want to read, I’ll stumble across something on GoodReads.com and just run to the library and pick it up. I like doing that. It’s nice to just read some spontaneously once in awhile and it reminds me that reading is something I do for fun, not a chore.
Well, I think that’s pretty much it for 2011. I think it’s going to be a great year for reading. I’ve discovered so many great authors and series lately, the hardest part is finding time to read them all.