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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday: New books in 2011

Today's meme at the Broke and Bookish is:  What books do you eagerly look forward to reading in 2011? I have spent the night contemplating this question and decided that with so many books on my TBR pile that it is hard to be excited about up-coming attractions. So instead of books for myself I've decided to answer this question as books for my students/for my library. Many teenagers seemingly "live" to read the next book in their favorite series or from their favorite authors. Here are a few that kids have already asked me about (in no particular order):

1.  Ranger's Apprentice, Book #10: The Emperor of Nihon-Ja by John Flanagan.  It is due out in April 2011.  I have more devoted readers to this series than any other.  Both boys and girls love it.

2.  House of Night, Book #8: Awakened by P.C. and Kristin Cast.  Due out January 4th.  I'd better order this book today because girls will want this book the minute they get back from Winter Break.  This is the series that many girls went to after they had finished the Twilight series.

3.  Blue Bloods, Book #6: Bloody Valentine by Melissa De la Cruz.  The publication date is December 28th but I won't be at school then so I will count this one in the 2011 list.  Girls also go to this series if they aren't sick of vampires, yet.

4.  Shiver, Book #3: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater.  I don't often read more than the first book in a series but I really liked Shiver so I think I'll give Linger (#2) and Forever a try.  This is the love story between a girl and a werewolf, which sound hokey but it works.  It is not due out until July.

5.  Blood Ninja II: The Revenge of Lord Ota by Nick Lake.  I just discovered that this book has already been released so I will order this one immediately.  I have a few devoted followers of this new series and they'll be glad to see a new installment.

6.  Something new by Stephenie Meyer.  Anything?  I can't find anything in the works except An Illustrated Guide to the Twilight series due out this Spring.  Does anyone else know anything?

7.  Inheritance Cycle (Eragon series), book #4 by Christopher Paolini.  I have no idea how to write a short book so I shouldn't be critical of an author taking his time writing a long, complicated book but fans of the Eragon series, including me, are impatient for the last book in this marvelous series. Will it be out in 2011?

 8.  Bridge of Clay by Marcus Zusak.  This book is supposed to come out in February but I wonder if that means it will be published in Australia at that time not in the USA yet.  Anyway, I'm eager for a new Zusak book.  Aren't you?

9.  Beka Cooper Trilogy, Book Three: Mastiff by Tamora Pierce.  Ms. Pierce has a very devoted following and it will be nice to have the conclusion to this excellent trilogy.  It is set to be released sometime in 2011 though I don't see a publication date anywhere.

10.  The sequel to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie.  I know he's writing it.  I heard Alexie read the first chapter.  Will it be done and out in 2011.  I sure hope so.

What books are waiting for and hope to see in 2011?


  1. All your picks are part of a series! Anything from a debut author?


  2. I'm also looking forward to Forever.

  3. #10 looks interesting. I kind of lost track with the House of Night series - only read the first three, but Shiver is on my TBR list - I know, I am so late on that one!

    -Linds, bibliophile brouhaha

  4. I’m not as up to speed on the 2011 releases as I should be, but I’m seeing some interesting trends on everyone’s lists. I also can’t wait to read Marcus Zusak’s next book. My TBR pile continues to expand…

  5. I am looking forward to Awakened, even if I do skim over most of the stupid dialogue hehe :)

    Top Ten Tuesday

  6. I know that I mostly mentioned series and no debut authors. That is my world. I actually will rarely hear about a book until it is published and everyone is raving about it. I have a hard enough time just trying to keep up with all the different requests and the tastes of so many students. Sigh! I do keep my eye on the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, though and try to read those books.

  7. I just got my son the next book in the Ranger's Apprentice series for Christmas. He loves that one.

    And wait till he hears there's a 4th book in the Eragon series!!! One of his all-time favorites.

    And I loved Part-time Indian...a sequel sounds great!


  8. Alexie is writing a sequel to Part-Time Indian!? I think my heart just stopped from the excitement!

  9. My son thinks the Ranger's Apprentice books are about the best thing ever written. He has already pointed out to me that book 10 will be coming out around his birthday.


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