I try not to get too caught up in the hype of new books but it’s hard to escape the magic! Here are some books I’m looking forward to in the upcoming year. This is not a comprehensive list. Just the books that jump out at me.
“A Tale Dark & Grimm (A Tale Dark & Grimm #1)” by Adam Gidwitz
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Fantasy, Fairy Tale
Summary from Goodreads:
In this mischievous and utterly original debut, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales. As readers follow the siblings through a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind (and beyond) the bread crumbs, edible houses, and outwitted witches.
Fairy tales have never been more irreverent or subversive as Hansel and Gretel learn to take charge of their destinies and become the clever architects of their own happily ever after.
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“El Deafo” by Cece Bell
Genre: Children’s Non-Fiction, Graphic Novel
Summary from Goodreads:
Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid.
The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear—sometimes things she shouldn’t—but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she’s longed for.
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Tell us a bit about yourself.
Living in Toronto, I’m lucky enough to enjoy great people, delicious food, and continuing education. I work in the advertising media sector by day (and sometimes night), and I have officially finished my first New Adult genre novel. I am currently writing my second novel, while querying agents for the first.
How did you end up here in the world of book blogging?
Reading and writing have always been passions of mine, but over the past few years I have really dove in to my writing. It’s been a fun challenge, and continues to test my work ethic, dedication and thick skin (which is still pretty thin, but I’m a piece of work in progress at all times).
I’ve learned that through my writing journey, it is important to read as much as possible, especially within the genre I write.
My goal was to read 50 books in 2014, and I am already well past my goal. I love recommending books, and I love reading a variety of genres, although I am a bit addicted to YA!