Spring has finally sprung and with May just around the corner, I figured it’s time to give my faithful bookworm readers a look a a few of the books that I’m looking forward to in the next few months. This is, of course, not a comprehensive list. I’m always adding to my “to be read” pile (a pile I am convinced will always be never ending). If there are any books you think I should have on my list, let me know in the comments. I’m always grateful for new ideas.
- Paris in Love: A Memoir by Eloisa James – One of my all-time favorite romance authors, James changes things up a bit with a memoir. By day, James is a professor of Shakespeare in New York City (at my alma mater, in fact!). Then a few years ago, she, her husband and their children put their lives on hold to live in Paris for a year. Being a writer, James naturally decided to write about the experience. I’m excited because this is such a departure from her novels. In this book, we’ll get to know more about James herself and beautiful, magical Paris.
- Thumped by Megan McCafferty – Being released today, Thumped is McCafferty’s sequel to last year’s teen pregnancy satire Bumped. Identical twins Melody and Harmony are back and both are expected to give birth to twins on the same day. Though there were parts of Bumped that I didn’t quite like, McCafferty’s imagined future in which procreation depends entirely on teens is a intriguing premise and I’m excited to see how she expands the story and the world she has created. Given all the hoopla surrounding women’s health choices in the news lately, McCafferty’s novel is quite timely.
- Underworld by Meg Cabot – The second book in Cabot’s re-imagined Persephone series, Underworld will reveal Pierce’s fate after John whisked her away to the underworld to save her from evil forces. Cabot is consistently one of my favorite authors and Abandon was one of my top books in 2011, so naturally I’m anxious to read the next chapter in this series. What secrets does the underworld hold and how will Pierce’s relationship with John develop? I’ll have to wait until May to find out.
- A Night Like This by Julia Quinn – The Smythe-Smiths are at it again. In the second book in Quinn’s Smythe-Smith quartet, shy and quiet companion Miss Anne Wynter gets mixed up with Daniel Smythe-Smith, Earl of Winstead, who has spent the last years of his life dodging the man who wants him dead. With plenty of intrigue and probably a lot of discordant music, Quinn brings us back to this wacky family with a penchant for hosting musicales.
- How to Be a Proper Lady by Katherine Ashe – Ever since I read Captured By a Rogue Lord, I’ve wondered about the fate of Serena’s sister, supposedly taken form her family by pirates when she was just a young girl. Now Ashe is finally answering those questions by giving us Violet’s story. When Violet, now the pirate Viola, comes across Jin, a member of the Falcon Club and a good friend of the Savege family, sparks fly and a battle of wills begin. Who will triumph? Whether it’s Violet or Jin, I’m pretty sure readers ending up winning as well.
Tell me, bookworms! What books are you looking forward to in the next few months? Which books should I absolutely have on my list?