Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Top 10 Books We're Excited about in 2012

Question:  Top 10 Books We’re Excited about in 2012.

Answer:  We can’t think of a better way to start the New Year than discussing those reads that have us amped up and drooling with anticipation.  Without further ado, here are 10 books that we can’t wait to get our grubby little hands on this year... 

1.      Birdsong (Sebastian Faulks) – This is the highest ranked BBC Big Read book that we still haven’t read.   Word on the street it’s pretty awesome.
2.      Thursday Next: First Among Sequels (Jasper Fforde) – How can you not get really excited about a Thursday Next book?  Seriously we want to know!
3.      Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (Louis de Bernieres) – This is the second highest ranked BBC Big Read book that we haven’t read...  The street’s been a bit more quiet on this one, but we’re still very excited.
4.      Redeeming Love (Francine Rivers) – This novel made the female Bibliomaniacs’ all time favorite list...  The male Bibliomaniacs has committed to see what all the hoopla is about.
5.      Wolves of the Calla (Stephen King) – This is the next book we need to read in the Dark Tower series.  With any luck we’ll also have the next 2 or 3 whipped by December.
6.      Hogfather (Terry Pratchett) – Hopefully this is one of many Discworld novels we read this year!
7.      Dandelion Wine (Ray Bradbury) – A dear friend refuses to stop frothing over this book and has repeatedly mentioned that it’s a fabulous spring read (his words).  We’ll have to wait until April (maybe May), but said friend has yet to fail us on a book recommendation.
8.      The Hobbit (J.R.R Tolkien) – We’re committed to reread some of our favorites in 2012 and with the new movie scheduled for December, there’s no excess not to delve back into Middle Earth.
9.      Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë) – We can honestly say that we LOATH, LOATH, LOATH the main character in this one, yet someone who can stir our emotions so greatly deserves a second read.
10.  Away Laughing on a Fast Camel (Louise Rennison) – We’ve read the first 2 in this series and laughed hysterically all the way through.  While Georgia might not be the best teen role model, her exploits are super fun to read about. 

So what’d we miss?  We’re anxious to see if any other titles need to be added to our list.  Have a great week and head on over to The Broke and the Bookish to join the fun!


  1. Oh Birdsong! I just read that one this fall-it was pretty awesome!

    You have a great year of reading ahead of you!

  2. I loved reading the Hobbit is school I should reread it after the movie is released. So excited for that!


  3. I struggled through Wuthering Heights, but I plan to reread it at some point as well. I ended up liking it on the first read -- but it took a lot of convincing! :)

  4. Oooh definitely excited to re-read The Hobbit as well!

    La Toya (La Toya, Literally.)

  5. Great list- Wuthering Heights is one of my all time favorites. I am hoping to read Redeeming Love this year too.

  6. So glad I found your blog! Love the premise behind it and that you guys read GOOD books. I'm struggling to find blogs that mesh with my tastes but I think you guys might be a good match!

  7. This is the second time today that I've seen someone post about Birdsong. I'm hoping to read the Eyre Affair this year.

    I loved Wuthering Heights when I read it as a teenager, but as an adult, I didn't like it as much. It was a little harder to cope with the loathsome characters.

  8. Wuthering Heights is on my list for this year as well. It was also on my list last year. I need to get back into the classics reading mode.

  9. #9 - agreed! But, yeah, it's (grudgingly) worth the read.

  10. I second the Dandelion Wine recommendation! It's been awhile since I've read it - but I remember loving it dearly!

  11. As always, your lists never disappoint. I'm super psyched for the next Thursday Next book, even though I still have a bit of catching up to do in the series. Dandelion Wine is sitting on my desk, begging to be read. Let me know when you read it. I'd love to read it with you so we can discuss it!

    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday

  12. Every time I see the picture of the two of you and I see the name of your blog, I am filled with jealousy; I wish, wish, wish I could read with my husband!

    Now I see that you have (and please excuse me for shouting) PERSUADED THE HUSBAND TO READ REDEEMING LOVE!! Oh my goodness! The husband is a jewel. Don't let go of this one!

  13. I am *still* stuck somewhere in Wolves of the Calla.

    I really need to read The Hobbit before the movie comes out, too. I tried a long time ago and wasn't feeling it. That was before multiple LOTR reads so I'm sure it would be a different experience now.

  14. Jasper Fforde and Terry Pratchett -- what a perfect list. :) I've been meaning to read Bernieres for several years now, but Mandolin seems like one of those books I'll have to work up to reading. First step: adding it to my TBR.

    Hope you enjoy your 2012 reading!

  15. Hah I just made a post about the Hobbit movie! I'm also planning to re-read this book! I love The Hobbit and the LOTR obviously. :P