Yes, I said it. My name is Kristi, I'm a book lover and a self-admitted addict.
I've always been drawn to books in a series (Stephen King's Gunslinger, Rowling's Harry Potter, Meyer's Twilight) but today I had a funny realization that I actually love them MORE than stand alone books. Not to say there's not GREAT stand alone books out there, because obviously that would be silly, of course there are some greats. But there's something about the anticipation of a book and the wait for it that, I don't know, makes it feel more exciting somehow. With a stand alone book you don't get the addiction the same way. By the time you realize it's wonderful and you tear through those pages, you are done and alone. I like knowing the story continues.
And apparently it sneaks into my writing. It got me thinking about my own style and I realized EVERY novel I've ever written had the possibility of a sequel. Some were of the obvious cliffhanger variety but my most recent, The Tutelar, I tried hard to finish in a way that would allow it to be a stand alone book with the hope that if I wanted to I could continue it later. BUT the response from my readers was, are you working on the next one? Hmmm...so maybe not as stand alone as I'd hoped. LOL. And I really tried to tie things up. But that response meant the world to me because ultimately, I can't help myself. Yes, I'm an addict.
And so today I'm listing all of the upcoming drool-worthy sequeals that I can't wait to get my hands on, in release date order with prequeals listed in case you haven't yet checked them out. Feel free to drop me a comment if there's a book or series you loved that you don't see here....my to-read list is ever-growing and somehow I don't think I'm alone in that.
So, for the love of the books, without further ado, here are the tantalizing, drool-worthy, torturous upcoming books I can't wait for:
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games #3)
Release Date: August 24th, 2010
Blameless by Gail Carriger (#3 in the Alexia Tarabotti series)
Release Date: September 1st, 2010
Beautiful Darkness by Kami Gracia and Margaret Stohl (Book #2, follow up to Beautiful Creatures)
Release Date: October 12, 2010
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (Book #2, follow up to Hush, Hush)
Release Date: October 19, 2010
No cover art yet, but on my list: The Lost Saint by Bree Despain
Scheduled Release Date: December 28th, 2010
Hmm...I'm betting by the time these are released I would've added quite a few others to my ever-growing list of highly anticipated follow-ups! I've been hearing REALLY good things about The Forst of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan and Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.
Come back next Friday for a list of my highly anticipated debut novels, along with release dates!
Hope everyone has a GREAT weekend...it's amazing how feeling back to normal can make everything once again cheery! I'm hoping to get out and enjoy the sun a little!