12 Books I Want to Read in 2014

Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd. (January) From Sarah Johnson at Reading the Past: “Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge . . . is sent in 1920 to investigate two inexplicable murders in and around Ely in Cambridgeshire. Can the answers be found by delving into wartime secrets?”

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell. (January) The author uses F. Scot Fitzgerald’s notes about the events and news stories that inspired his famous novel to write about the world of the rich and careless in the 1920’s.

My Name Is Resolute by Nancy E. Turner. (February) From Sarah Johnson at Reading the Past: “Turner’s new historical epic steps further back in time to the year 1729, when Resolute Talbot is stolen away from her Jamaican family and sold into slavery in Massachusetts. As a talented weaver in the town of Lexington, she is ideally placed to play a major role in the coming revolutionary tumult.”

The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy #3) by Jennifer A. Nielsen. (February)

The Shepherd’s Song: A Story of Second Chances by Betsy Duffey. (March)

Wild Things! The True, Untold Stories Behind the Most Beloved Children’s Books and Their Creators by Julie Danielson, Elizabeth Bird, and Peter D. Sieruta. (April)

The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw (The League of Princes #3) by Christopher Healy. (April) The League of Princes returns in the hilariously epic conclusion to the hit series that began with Christopher Healy’s The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.

The Lie by Helen Dunmore. (April) From Sarah Johnson at Reading the Past: “In 1920, a man from Cornwall left alone and bereft after his wartime experiences finds that a lie told in his past has unavoidable and devastating repercussions. A story of love, loss, and the life-changing relationship between two young soldiers, only one of whom lives to return home.”

United We Spy (final Gallagher Girls novel) by Ally Carter. (June)

Landline by Rainbow Rowell. (July) This new novel by the prolific Ms. Rowell is an adult title. “Georgie discovers a way to communicate with her husband Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . . Is that what she’s supposed to do? Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?” In spite of my upcoming rant on the lawless world of Ms. Rowell’s YA novels, I’m willing to give her upcoming book a chance, because she really does create compelling characters.

The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher by Jessica Lawson. I found this one embedded in this article about upcoming middle grade fiction by author Anne Ursu.

The Woodvilles: The Wars of the Roses and England’s Most Infamous Family by Susan Higginbotham. (October) Nonfiction.

Armada by Ernest Cline. (October) The author of Ready Player One provides a new book about game-playing and inter-galactic warfare.

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