Rather than pretend that I'm in the know about soon-to-be-released books and all that, the majority of books on this list will be books I can't wait to read when I visit the States in May and once again have easy access to recently released books!
Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles, Book 3) by Melina Marchetta
I am waiting for the US hardcover version to come out in April, so my set can match. To tell you the truth, I'm so nervous about reading this book. I don't want this magnificent series to end, to not have a Melina Marchetta novel to look forward to.
Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, Book 2) by Marissa Meyer
Cinder was a tremendous surprise back in January 2012, and so I've been looking forward to seeing how Marissa Meyer carries forward the rest of her intriguing series.
3. Heart of Steel (Iron Seas, Book 2) by Meljean Brook
The Iron Duke was red-red hot! As soon as I finished it, I was dying for another Iron Seas book. It's unfathomable why I haven't got to this yet. Can't wait until May!
The Changeover by Margaret Mahy and The Winter Prince by Elizabeth Wein
I ordered these online the last time I was in the States, in August 2012, because they are the favorite books of some of my favorite bloggers. Sadly, they didn't arrive in time for me to enjoy them. No excuses this time, since I already own them and they're at home! ...somewhere...
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
I originally dismissed this book as something I wasn't interested in, owing mostly to that syrupy synopsis and equally candy-like cover, but it's gotten lots of good ratings, so I want to give it a try.
Notes from the Teenage Underground by Simmone Howell, Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood, and Slice by Steven Herrick
It's really sad that I own these highly acclaimed books, the latter two of which were a generous, priceless gift straight from an Aussie reader, and still haven't read them.
Dreamhunter (Dreamhunter Duet, Book 1) by Elizabeth Knox
Having just been in New Zealand and fallen head over heels in love with everything about it, I feel the need to learn more about it, starting with its literature. I've had Dreamhunter lying around forever; hopefully my memories of New Zealand will give me that extra push to really pick this one up.
Then Came You (Gamblers, Book 1) by Lisa Kleypas
It's been a while since I've read a historical romance along the lines of Sarah Maclean / Julia Quinn / Mary Balogh. This one comes highly recommended by a bevy of my Goodreads friends. Bring on the late night swoons!
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Gillian Flynn is a much-talked-about author among the readers I know. I do this thing where I am greatly interested in reading an author's works in the order in which they were published. Hence why this is on my list.
Steel's Edge (Edge, Book 4) by Ilona Andrews
I am a lucky reader: it seems that every time I manage to come back to the States for a spell, there is a new Ilona Andrews book waiting for me to devour. I don't want to put any undue pressure on an author by saying that his/her/their books never let me down, but nine books and countless shorter stories later, Ilona Andrews just gets better and better.
The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin, The Summer Prince by Alana Johnson
And as a bonus, here are some movies I want to find and watch when I'm back in the States, as the movie selection in China is also a bit touch-and-go:
- Pitch Perfect - Watched this already, twice, on the plane, but need to watch it again... and again... and again...
- The Intouchables
- The Breakfast Club
Any recommendations or suggestions for me?