With holiday activity winding down and some bookstore gift cards in wallet, I’ve got the makings of a list for my greedy reader’s eyes. Here are some things I’m looking forward to reading this year:
- Harry Potter Book 7. It goes without saying that I’ll have to set aside two days in July to do nothing but read. Hopefully I won’t cry as pathetically as I did for Book 6.
- Lady Friday, the latest in the Keys to the Kingdom series by G. Nix. It’s nearly as good as his Abhorsen series (intended for older readers) and abounds in Catholic imagery.
- Dante’s Purgatorio and Paradiso. After Ickie had a graduate course on The Divine Comedy and came home sharing bits with the envious me, I read Inferno. It’s a fascinating look into the medieval mind, and I have been intending to read the other two. I’m not a fan of epic poetry, but a good translation makes it very accessible.
- Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot, The Grand Tour, and The Mislaid Magician by P. Wrede and C. Stevermer. Okay, if you don’t want to read a book featuring an enchanted chocolate pot, you are dead to me. I’m currently reading the first, formatted as correspondence between “two young ladies of quality.” It’s Jane Austen meets Harry Potter. I’ve lifted a new favorite phrase from it: “It was the outside of enough!”
- Never Let Me Go by K. Ishiguro. By the author of The Remains of the Day, this features a dystopian boarding school in
. I’m afraid it’ll be a bit sad, which is the only reason I haven’t read it yet. England
- Special Topics in Calamity Physics by M. Pessl. The reviews are great and the chapters are formatted like the syllabus for a literature class.
- The Audrey Maturin series by P. O’Brian. Blakbuzzrd is giving me a guilt trip for praising Hornblower, not yet having read these.
- More by Wodehouse—oh, always more by Wodehouse. When life is not going right, there’s nothing like Wodehouse to make it all seem funny and unimportant.
Now if only Jasper Fforde was releasing a new Thursday Next novel this year….