I confess to keeping a list of books I’ve read and books I want to read. There’s something soothing about listing my books for the year. I’ve been waiting for spring for ages as this is when a few more of the books I’m most excited about will be coming out. It’s been a good year for books so far: we’ve had the new Kate Atkinson, something from Khaled Hosseini and Neil Gaiman and a JK Rowling we didn’t even know was out there. Here are four I’m looking forward to that are coming soon.
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
It’s the sequel that fans of Stephen King’s novels have been hoping would happen – for 36 years, in fact. The first book, The Shining, had me sleeping with the lights on for ages as a teenager. The previous book ended with three survivors after the evil Overlook Hotel blew up and its crazy caretaker, Jake Torrance, died. Jack’s son, Danny, the little five-year-old boy who was crying about REDRUM, is one of the survivors and this is his story. He’s now in his 40s, and an alcoholic loner just like his father was. He works at a hospice in New England where he uses his psychic gifts to help the dying, hence his nickname, Doctor Sleep. Meanwhile a group of psychic thieves are feeding on kids with abilities such as Danny’s. I read an extract last month in Entertainment Weekly magazine and can’t wait to get into this one. King told the magazine he started writing it because he also wondered what had happened to Danny. “Every now and then somebody would ask, ‘Whatever happened to Danny?’ I used to joke around and say, ‘He married Charlie McGee from Firestarter and they had these amazing kids!’ But I did sort of wonder about it.”
Buy it now. (Note this is an export and a local version is out later this month)
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding
She’s back! She’s back! She’s back! Happy dance! It’s 14 years later, Bridget Jones is still keeping a diary and we get to check in with her. There was happiness all round when fans heard she’d be back. Author Helen Fielding told the BBC she was ready to bring Bridget back. “I just found last spring I had a new subject, I had new stuff I wanted to say and things that were making me laugh. Things that didn’t exist when I wrote the last Bridget ? like e-mails, really. And texting. The way life is lived through texting and Twitter, and a whole new idea for a phase of her life.” It all sounded fabulous until a few days ago when an extract published in a British newspaper revealed Bridget was now a widowed mother of two! What? Mark Darcy’s dead! Some fans have said they'd boycott the book and Twitter was abuzz with the wails of fans, but as upsetting as this news is, I’ve pre-ordered my copy and can’t wait for 15 October!
Pre-order the book now.
Police by Jo Nesbo
Which thriller fan can resist a new Jo Nesbo? After the trauma his former policeman anti-hero, Harry Hole, went through in the book Phantom it’s hard to imagine he’s ready to fight baddies in Oslo, Norway, again. Plus fans weren’t sure if he’d survive at the end of the book. Nesbo explained to crimefictionlover.com, “Actually, I wrote Phantom and Police more or less as one book, in one long stretch, so I had already planned Police before I’d finished Phantom. The cliffhanger was all planned, and there are clues in the book that he would survive.”
I’ve just received my copy and am ready to disappear into Harry’s world.
Buy the book here.
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
My list isn’t complete without a young adult book and the Divergent trilogy is one of my favourites; I can’t wait to catch up with Tris and Four. In a dystopian Chicago people are divided into factions based on personality and skills: Candor (the honest), Erudite (the intelligent), Amity (the peaceful), Dauntless (the brave) and Abnegation (the selfless). Sixteen-year-old Tris moves from Abnegation, who believe in peace through selfless acts, to the thrill-seeking Dauntless and gets involved in all sorts of dramas and conspiracies, with a bit of romance with her trainer, Four. This is the last book in the series and the movie hits big screens next year. Interestingly, a shipping mistake resulted in some fans who’d pre-ordered their copies getting their books way earlier than the 22 October release date. The author asked them on her blog not to reveal any details. “If you are one of the people who received Allegiant early: I would love it if you wanted to wait to read it until October 22nd alongside your fellow Initiates. However, I can't blame you if that's just not going to work for you. I do ask, no matter what you decide, that out of kindness and respect for your fellow Divergent readers and their reading experiences, you do not post spoilers or quotes anywhere.”
But I wasn’t one of the lucky ones so I’ll patiently wait for 22 October.
Note: It’s not ready for pre-order locally yet. If you use amazon.com go here.
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