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The Anticipation Is Killing Me: A Top Ten List

I’m too tired this week to come up with anything remotely amusing for this week’s list introduction. So I’ll leave it at this: I hate anticipation. Whoever said anticipation is the purest form of pleasure lied. Who likes to wait? Or be surprised? Or not know something? I can assure you it’s not me. Patience is not my most evident quality. Regardless, this week’s top ten list: top ten debuts to look forward to in 2014 (as hosted by The Broke and the Bookish). Just know that I’m excited to read them, though I’m not looking forward to the wait. 


In no particular order, except no. 8 and no. 5 should be tied for no.1.

10. Ruby by Cynthia Bond. An “unflinching portrait of man’s dark acts and the promise of the redemptive power of love”. Hey, look at that, I included a novel about the redemptive power of love and didn’t even cringe.

09. The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit. A Colorado writer plus Los Alamos equals must read.

08. Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler. This is probably my most anticipated read in early 2014. Fabulous title.

07. Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh. A garbage-man turned killer for hire.

06. A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain by Adrianne Harun, This debut “weaves together folklore, mythology, and elements of magical realism to create a compelling and unsettling portrait of life in a dead-end town.”

05. Road to Reckoning by Robert Lautner. Okay, so this one might be my most anticipated book of early 2014. Apparently it’s True Grit meets The Sisters Brothers.

04. The Book of Jonah by Joshua Max Feldman. How do you know if you’re chosen?

03. The Waking Engine by David Edison. “Welcome to the City Unspoken, where Gods and Mortals come to die.” Intriguing.

02. Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun. The portrait of a world gripped by madness. “Vivid, strange, and profoundly moving”.

01. Young God by Katherine Faw Morris. Apparently it is Winter’s Bone meets Less Than Zero. Sold.

What are you looking forward to reading this year?

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