There are tons and tons of great books coming out in January to start the year off right. Here are seven books that I'll be reading soon. They all look fantastic, and I'm excited that there are so many wonderful choices this winter.
Roses by Leila Meacham has been called a twentieth-century Gone with the Wind. The story follows two east Texas families across three generations as they build their business empires, face loses, and find love. I have heard only wonderful things about this novel, it sounds like a winner.
As far as I can tell, everyone who has read Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman has fallen in love with it. I'm a big fan of a southern setting, and I'm guessing that this book won't let me down. Here's one description: "Steel Magnolias meets The Help in this Southern debut novel sparkling with humor, heart, and feminine wisdom." I just can't resist that. I'm eagerly awaiting a copy to arrive in my mailbox.
A Bit of Mystery, A Bit of Fantasy
The Kingdom of Ohio by Matthew Flaming is a debut novel that mixes history, time bending, antiques, and fantasy into what looks like a great read. The novel got a starred review from Kirkus. From the publisher's summary: "An incredibly original, intelligent novel--a love story set against New York City at the dawn of the mechanical age, featuring Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, and J. P. Morgan." I'm fascinated with the premise.
Shades of Grey is the start of a new series by the fabulous Jasper Fforde. I appreciate Fforde's intelligent writing, and I'm a fan of mysteries. Here's what the publisher had to say: "Stunningly imaginative, very funny, tightly plotted, and with sly satirical digs at our own society, this novel is for those who loved Thursday Next but want to be transported somewhere equally wild, only darker; a world where the black and white of moral standpoints have been reduced to shades of grey." Sounds great, eh?
Young Adult Pixies and Vamps
Need (paperback out in December 2009) and Captivate (out this month) by Carrie Jones are the first two novels in new a fantasy series involving pixies and starring the smart, capable Zara. Action, romance, friendship, and a great female lead--I can't wait to read these books.
Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey is the start of another new series, this one involving vampires and the teenage Solange, who is about to make the change from human to vampire. This one looks like it has good action and and suspense and may be a bit of a different take on the vampire theme.
My biggest problem is going to be deciding what to read first. Hummm. What are looking forward to reading this month?