Favorites Friday: Anticipated Books of 2013

Something a little different today–books I really want to read but alas, am still waiting on their publishing dates!

Before I got into book blogging, I was almost never waiting for books, because I usually didn’t know anything was coming out until it was already out.  I still don’t have a huge list of books I’m anticipating, since I usually add books to my ToBeRead list when they’re being reviewed–and therefore already published.  But I have managed to latch on to several current authors and ongoing series recently, and am eagerly awaiting their upcoming releases…

1) The Girl Who Soared Above Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente – I am so in love with that title.  I mean…!!!  The first two books in the series (reviews here and here) were my favorite two reads of last year, with no serious competition.  I am eagerly anticipating another return to Fairyland.
Release Date: October 8, 2013

2) Shadows by Robin McKinley – I feel a rather personal attachment to this book.  I read McKinley’s blog, and have been following along through the trials and trevails of writing, revising and copy-editing this book for the last…it must be upwards of a year now, maybe two.  After all that, I feel invested.  And that’s even though I have almost no sense of what the book is actually about.  I don’t know–there’s magic, and it’s McKinley.  I don’t really need to know more than that.
Release Date: September 26, 2013

3) Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce – Back when I didn’t track anticipated books, the one author I did keep an eye on was Tamora Pierce.  This book would be more exciting if it was in her Tortall series rather than her (good but not as good) Circle of Magic series…but oh well.  It’s Tamora Pierce.  It still ranks #3.
Release Date: October 1, 2013

4) Something by L. A. Meyer – Neither Amazon nor Meyer’s website will tell me what’s next in the Jacky Faber series, but since he’s released a new book every fall for a good five years or so, I trust another will be arriving.  The most recent slipped a bit, but I remain hopeful, and I always enjoy the continuing adventures of the irrepressible Jacky.
Release Date: Who knows?

Those are the top four I’m very anxiously awaiting.  It’s going to be a busy fall.  Though of course, I don’t have any shortage of books to read in the meantime…  Do you have any books you’re particularly looking forward to being released?

9 thoughts on “Favorites Friday: Anticipated Books of 2013


    Is it related to Pegasus in any way, do you know? I bought that book years ago but still haven’t read it yet, because I’d read that there’s supposed to be a sequel and that the story doesn’t really end in the first book. But either way, it’s more Robin McKinley, so I’m good. 🙂

    1. No…no Pegasus connection. That’s what most of the drama around this book has been. She was working on Pegasus 2, only to have the whole thing implode, in part because she discovered there needs to be a Pegasus 3. So Pegasus 2 was put on hold, and she plunged in to write Shadows instead. I think the Pegasus sequel is coming next. Barring the unexpected…

  2. Codex Born, the sequel to Jim C. Hine’s Libriomancer. And Drachomachia, the sequel to Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina. (Also the Tamora Pierce and Robin McKinley books.)

    I know they probably won’t come out in 2013, but I can hardly wait for the third book in Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy and the third book in Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicle.

  3. I’m not awaiting the release of any books! I am afraid I am usually behind on new releases and series, bit like you books end up on my TBR list because of reviews which means they have already been published 😛

  4. dianem57

    That’s pretty cool to follow the writing and editing process of the latest book by a favorite author in real time. Another wonder of the Internet. 🙂

  5. The Girl Who Soared Above Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two! That’s the one I’m most eagerly waiting for this year. The first two books weren’t my very favourites of the year I read them in, but I did adore them immensely. And that title is amazing. I love that title.

      1. Me too! It really doesn’t help that I have a soft spot for the word ‘soar’ on top of everything else that’s wonderful about that title… I think that’s the only yet-unreleased book I’m looking forward to this year, I think. All the others have been released already, even if I haven’t bought them yet.

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