Saturday, February 7, 2009

Waiting on

Waiting on Wednesday is a popular feature in the book-related blogosphere, but I am not nearly organized enough to collect my thoughts and post about the upcoming releases I'm looking forward to every Wednesday. So I offer you this Waiting on ________ (fill in the blank) post. Because there are a bunch of awesome books coming out that I can't wait to get my hands on. Here's what they are and why:

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. From the publisher description: "In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery." I mean, come on. It's Laurie Halse Anderson! How could I not be looking forward to this book?? It's due out March 19.

Ditto Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen. I'm a big fan of her previous books, so of course I'm looking forward to her next one. From the pub description: "It’s been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents’ divorce—or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.
A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she’s been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend." Due out June 16.
Do I even have to mention Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (due September 8) or Fire by Kristin Cashore (due October 6)? Probably not, but I just did anyway. I'll cross my fingers that I can find ARCs at ALA this summer...

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. This one got a lot of early buzz and to tell you the truth I'd almost forgotten about, but it's definitely on my TBR list when it comes out March 10. I mean, Scott Westerfeld says "A post- apocalypse romance of the first order, elegantly written from title to last line." And Sarah Miller says "I...found myself fascinated with the way Carrie Ryan created an entire society, plunged me into it, and parceled out its history and secrets bit by bit -- just enough to make me feel continually intrigued instead of lost or frustrated." Sounds like world-building at its finest. Sign me up!
While perusing the 2009 Debutantes site, I came across Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman. This tiny blurb really intrigued me: "What if the guy who took your breath away was the only one who could help you breathe?" I checked out Cheryl's site where you can read an excerpt from the book and I was sold on Savannah's funny voice. It's due out April 16.
And last but not least (for today) is As You Wish by Jackson Pearce. I first heard of Jackson Pearce when somebody linked to her video about imagining the publishing process and I've been following her blog ever since. I mean, wouldn't you want to read a book written by this girl:

Blurb from the 2009 Debutantes: "High school student Viola Cohen inadvertently summons--then falls for--a young jinn after her boyfriend tells her a life-changing secret." And it's due out September 1.