As 2011 looms near in the future, lots of us are figuring out what challenges we’ll participate in or making up our own resolutions for our reading lives. But, aside from these goals we join/make-up, what books are we looking forward to? That’s the theme of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish: Top Ten Books Anticipated in 2011. Now, if you don’t have ten books that you’re looking forward to being released in 2011, you can include books you anticipate reading in 2011, no matter how old they are. Below are my anticipated books for 2011–what are yours?
1) Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger- January 4th, 2011
“When Lady Duff Gordon, paragon of London society, departs for the hot, dry climate of Egypt to seek relief from her debilitating tuberculosis, her lady’s maid, Sally, doesn’t hesitate to leave the only world she has known in order to remain at her mistress’s side. As Sally gets farther and farther from home, she experiences freedoms she has never known—forgoing corsets and wearing native dress, learning Arabic, and having her first taste of romance.
But freedom is a luxury that a lady’s maid can ill afford, and when Sally’s newfound passion for life causes her to forget what she is entitled to, she is brutally reminded she is mistress of nothing. Ultimately she must choose her master and a way back home—or a way to an unknown future.
Based on the real lives of Lady Duff Gordon and her maid, The Mistress of Nothing is a lush, erotic, and compelling story about the power of race, class, and love.”
2) The Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig- January 20th, 2011
This one is the 8th novel by Willig in her Pink Carnation series. Usually a new one comes out every January, so I’m really looking forward to this 🙂
“InThe Orchid Affair, Willig introduces her strongest heroine yet. Laura Grey, a veteran governess, joins the Selwick Spy School expecting to find elaborate disguises and thrilling exploits in service to the spy known as the Pink Carnation. She hardly expects her first assignment to be serving as governess for the children of Andre Jaouen, right-hand man to Bonaparte’s minister of police. Jaouen and his arch rival, Gaston Delaroche, are investigating a suspected Royalist plot to unseat Bonaparte, and Laura’s mission is to report any suspicious findings.
At first the job is as lively as Latin textbooks and knitting, but Laura begins to notice strange behavior from Jaouen-secret meetings and odd comings and goings. As Laura edges herself closer to her employer, she makes a shocking discovery and is surprised to learn that she has far more in common with Jaouen than she originally thought…
As their plots begin to unravel, Laura and Jaouen are forced on the run with the children, and with the help of the Pink Carnation they escape to the countryside, traveling as husband and wife. But Delaroche will stop at nothing to take down his nemesis. With his men hot on their trail, can Laura and Jaouen seal the fate of Europe before it’s too late?”
3) Across the Universe by Beth Revis- January 11th, 2011
I’ve been seeing this on lots of lists for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, so I took a look at what the book was about. It seems like it might be a little sci-fi-y for me, but I’m willing to give it a shot. It seems like it might have a bit of mystery in it too, so that might balance it out for me.
“Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone–one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship–tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.”
4) Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Septeys- March 22nd, 2011
” Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously and at great risk documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.”
5) The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen- March 22nd, 2011
I have read Allen’s two previous novels, Garden Spells and Sugar Queen. I liked the first one, and didn’t mind the second. But this one sounds good, so even if I haven’t loved the other two, I think I’ll enjoy this one all the same. Worth giving it a shot, I think 😕
“When Willa Jackson’s marriage to her college sweatheart crumbles, she returns to Walls of Water, the town where she grew up and where her family still lives. While struggling to find her place in a town that’s no longer her true home, Willa uncovers a family feud that runs so deep it has caused two sisters not to speak for six decades, and finds a strangely secretive man who may be exactly what she needs.”
6) Memento Nora by Angie Smibert- April 2011
This one I actually heard of from Bree at All the Books I Can Read in her Top Ten Tuesday post. I like dystopic novels, so this one sounded really interesting 😀
“Nora, the popular girl and happy consumer, witnesses a horrific bombing on a shopping trip with her mother. In Nora’s near-future world, terrorism is so commonplace that she can pop one little white pill to forget and go on like nothing ever happened. However, when Nora makes her first trip to a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic, she learns what her mother, a frequent forgetter, has been frequently forgetting. Nora secretly spits out the pill and holds on to her memories. The memory of the bombing as well as her mother’s secret and her budding awareness of the world outside her little clique make it increasingly difficult for Nora to cope. She turns to two new friends, each with their own reasons to remember, and together they share their experiences with their classmates through an underground comic. They soon learn, though, they can’t get away with remembering.”
7) Dreams of Joy by Lisa See- May 31, 2011
Okay, I have to say that I can’t seem to find any summary about this one so I really have no idea what it is about. But I have read 3 other novels by Lisa See and loved them all. So, I’m sure I’ll really like this one, too 🙂 (PS- Does anyone know where I can find any info about this?)
8 ) Heartless by Gail Carriger- July 1st, 2011
This one is the next installment in a series I picked up just a few months ago, because of Dom’s review of the first book, Soulless.
“Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband’s past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux’s latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant.
Will Alexia manage to determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it is too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf’s clothing? And what, exactly, has taken up residence in Lord Akeldama’s second best closet?”
9) The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay- October 25th, 2011
I absolutely loved McKay’s Birth House when I read it last summer. So I’m really looking forward to this one. I heard about it in 2009 and could have swore it was to be released this past July–I have no idea where I came up with that, but I was really disappointed to hear I’d have to wait til October 2011 😦
“I am Moth, a girl from the lowest part of Chrystie Street, born to a slum-house mystic and the man who broke her heart.” So begins The Virgin Cure, a novel set in Victorian New York in the year 1871. As a crowded, sweltering summer of riots and poverty comes to a close, twelve-year-old Moth’s journey is just beginning.
Sold away by her mother, Moth is befriended by a young pickpocket named Torch Boy. He introduces her to the formidable Marm Birnbaum, matron of the leading pickpocketing ring of the Lower East Side. There, under the guidance of a female thief named Kid Glove Lena, Moth is given lessons in survival, loyalty and, surprisingly, the art of melodramatic “blood-and-thunder” theatre.
Moth soon learns that life as one of Marm’s girls is filled with unexpected dangers. After witnessing a violent crime involving a little girl, Moth is taken into the care of Dr. Sadie Fonda, a physician at the New York Infirmary for Women and Children. Moth’s confessions about that night confirm what the young doctor has suspected all along, that there is a dark secret haunting the young women of the city — the myth of the virgin cure.
Determined to expose the myth, Sadie unknowingly puts herself in harm’s way, leaving Moth to travel down a twisted, strange and dangerous path, alone. From a dime museum of anatomical wonders, to a dance hall populated by child prostitutes, to an apothecary shop where a magical pear tree once stood, Moth must rely on the lessons she learns from both Sadie and the streets to make things right.“