Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Books I'm Most Looking Forward to in 2012 (Debut)

So here we are, it's that time for year again where everybody brings out the lists. I do love a good list so I'm more than happy to join the party; over the next few days I'll be posting up some of the books I'm most excited about in 2012, as well as an end of year survey and some more details about what you can expect from Writing from the Tub in 2012.

Today I'm going to be listing the debut novels due out in 2012 that I can't wait for; I already have most of these pre-ordered and, as you'd expect from me, most of them are contemporary, though there are a few in there that might surprise you.

This one sounds great - almost like a paranormal If I Stay. I've got a proof copy on my shelves so I'm really hoping to get time to ready it before I go back to work next week.

I heard about this one earlier in the year at a Random House blogger event and I've been waiting for it ever since. The concept of this one sounds so interesting and it actually sounds like it might be a dystopian that's *gasp* a little bit original. Dare we dream it, folks?

Gah, I NEED this book. Another one that Random House had us salivating over at the last blogger event, I know this series is going to be absolutely huge. The concept reminds me a little of the film Surrogate and I think it's going to be a great book.

Ah, contemporary, my old chum. In Ditched we're promised high schools, proms, boys and big poofy dresses. Obviously I will adore it. Hopefully there'll be a bitchy blonde girl and it will check all the boxes to make my perfect read.

Retellings are all the rage these days, aren't they? However, I can't recall too many contemporary novels that are retellings (aside from the endless Jane Austen reimaginings, of course), especially not of the story of Robin Hood. Enter Pretty Crooked. This one looks like Robin Hood set in an American high school, with added skinny jeans and big sunglasses.

Yes, yes, yes - this one sounds awesome! Three friends from high school reuniting for a road trip to see their favourite band as kids, what's not to love? I know this one is going to make me laugh and I know it's probably going to make me weep big sentimental tears. Win.

I do very much enjoy a good YA set in a psych ward; Girl, Interrupted, Impulse, Mouthing the Words, The Bell Jar (obviously), so I was really excited to discover Cracked, which sounds like a brilliant novel. I think this one will have a lightness to it in parts, which is always important in novels that deal with heavy issues and I can't wait to see what K.M. Walton does with this story.

I'm pretty sure that I'm not going to enjoy Trafficked, per se but it sounds like an important book that I'm sure I'll be recommending to everybody throughout 2012. Human trafficking isn't an issue that I've seen written about very much in YA so I think it's great that Purcell has chosen to tackle scuh a difficult subject.

My main goal in 2012 is to have run, read fun books, write fun books and generally have a swell old time. Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe sounds like one of the most fun books due out in 2012 so I can't wait to get my hands on it. I'm already predicting the film rights to be snapped up for this one.

This is one that I pre-ordered months ago, as soon as I read the summary on Goodreads. It sounds wonderfully dark and a little bit twisted and I'm pretty sure I'm going to love it.

Freshman Year & Other Natural Disasters sounds like the perfect book to dive into to pass a few hours. It sounds funny and sweet and I love both the title and the cover (which reminds me a little of the cover for Past Perfect). Of course, what's going on inside the book sounds pretty fab as well.

And last but by absolutely no means least, we have Hollow Pike by the lovely James Dawson. This book sounds bloody awesome, it's going to be amazing and everybody's already utterly obsessed with it - and it's not even coming out until February, God damn it!


So there you have it folks, the twelve debut novels I'm most excited for in 2012. Do you have any of these on your wishlist? What books are you most excited about?


  1. Love the cover and the premise for This One Time with Julia..going to pre-order!

  2. I can't wait for Hollow Pike! I haven't really heard of most of the other books on this list, so thanks for introducing me to them! They all look fab :D

  3. Great list, Carly. So many wonderful books—thanks for including Pretty Crooked here!

  4. Awesome list! I never heard of This One Time with Julia - David Lamps before. Going to look that one up. Is it young adult? :)

  5. My amazon wishlist dislikes you Carly! And my debit card hates you.... Especially as a lot of these are US books! *listens the purse weeping* ;)

  6. I'm really looking forward to most of those as well - especially Ditched, Starters and Struck.

  7. Wow, *whispers relaxing things to debit card and takes deep breath* Pretty crooked sounds amazing and based on what I've been reading lately sounds perfect for me.

    Fracture looks fab and welcome caller, this is chloe looks like fun. I've heard a lot about Hollow Pike too, thanks for a great list:D

  8. AHHHH! I haven't heard of lots of these, my wishlist will be out of control soon.


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