First, an apology. If I haven't replied to your comments or emails, and visited your blog recently, I am really sorry. I've been away for a few days and work has been manic. I will be catching up with everybody over the weekend.
With Alex J. Cavanaugh's sequel CassaFire being published on February 28th, and today being World Book Day, it reminded me there are several books coming out in the first half of 2012, which I must read. But it's more than that - I actually need them.
It's hard for me to put into words why I need certain books, just that they'll do more than provide a good read. They'll remind me of what I love about books and the particular author. They'll remind me of the quality of writing to which I aspire, and the publishing success that can be achieved through hard work and determination. Their very existence will be like a comfort blanket I can wrap myself in.
Do you need books in this way?
So what books am I looking forward to in the first half of 2012?
CassaFire by Alex J. Cavanaugh (science fiction at its very best).
Insurgent by Veronica Roth (second in a trilogy, the first of which, Divergent, is one of the best young adult science fiction books I've read).
Published May 1st
A Million Suns by Beth Revis (sequel to Across the Universe, a stunning example of a generational ship science fiction tale).
Published April 5th
The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (I'm a life-long fan of Pratchett but have never read Baxter. However, I've been told I need to).
Published June 21st
Whilst I'm on the subject of books, I've taken up a more unusual reading challenge - Book Chick City's Zombie Challenge 2012.
To take part you need to devour, I mean read, several zombie fiction books during 2012. Depending on how many you read, you'll achieve a level of success i.e. six books equals One Chomp, 12 books equals Two Chomps and so on. Who can resist?
I've already read Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? and will ordering this one I discovered on facebook yesterday:
Are there any books coming out shortly you think we should be reading?