Every Tuesday, I link it up with The Broke and the Bookish, where book bloggers great and small share their book-themed top ten lists. This week, it’s the top ten books I’m excited to read in 2012. Here they are:
Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James: It’s a mystery novel starring everyone’s favorite Austen heroine, Elizabeth Bennet. Actually, my favorite Austen heroine is Anne Elliot, who I bet would make an amazing detective. Why doesn’t anybody ever write sequels to Persuasion, for heaven’s sake? Anyway. I just started this one and it is pretty silly, but I know that any page now, death will come to Pemberley.
Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale: I was surprised (and a little embarrassed) to enjoy Austenland, and I am excited for this follow up. It looks like more of a mystery novel, again set in “Austenland”, a sort of Austen-themed resort where guests dress and act as Austen characters. Apparently I am going in for Austen mysteries this year.
Swamplandia by Karen Russell: My Christmas book from Dad this year. A strange tale of a family who lives at a rundown Everglades theme park. Dad usually picks winners, so I’m looking forward to this one.
Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon: This year’s birthday book from Dad and 2010’s National Book Award winner. A Great American novel about cheap horse racing in the 1970s (Lord of Misrule is the name of a horse, of course).
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie: I am reading my way through all of Dame Agatha’s novels, and this one is coming up in a book or two. It’s her breakout success, featuring Hercule Poirot and not, thank goodness, his annoying sidekick Arthur Hastings.
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel: My church book club keeps mentioning this one, so maybe this is the year we actually read it! It was also the Deal of the Day for Kindle last week, so I have an electronic copy ready and waiting. (Pro Tip: I got a Kindle for Christmas and it is awesome.)
IQ84 by Haruki Murakami : Here is how my library’s catalog describes this one, which tops a lot of Best Lists for 2011: “An ode to George Orwell’s “1984” told in alternating male and female voices relates the stories of Aomame, an assassin for a secret organization who discovers that she has been transported to an alternate reality, and Tengo, a mathematics lecturer and novice writer.” Yes, please.
In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming: My friend Rochelle, who introduced me to the wonderful mystery novels of Louise Penny, just alerted me to this series about a female Episcopalian priest who solves mysteries in Upstate New York. In fact, I think at least one other person has mentioned this to me, but not until today did I actually look into the series. Since I am a pastor who likes mystery novels, this seems like an obvious choice, huh? (Pro Tip: If you, too, are interested in this series, read about the special offers on the way.)
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg: Aunt Claire and Uncle Doug gave this to Zoe for Christmas (beautifully inscribed, of course). I think we’ll pull it out for Advent 2012, and maybe give the accompanying CD (read by Liam Neeson) a whirl.
Something by Charles Dickens: I am determined to become a Dickens fan this year. Please recommend your favorite Dickens, or the one you think is most tempting to a reluctant reader. (For example, it took Scenes from Clerical Life to bring me into the George Eliot camp. Go figure.)
Your turn! What books top your list for 2012?