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4 books I can’t wait to get my hands on

I have a lot of books to read. That doesn’t stop me from wanting more. Here’s my current wishlist of recent and upcoming titles:

My Real Children by Jo Walton
My Real Children by Jo Walton (Expected May 20, 2014)

My Real Children by Jo Walton

As soon as I read about this book in a recent issue of Library Journal, I knew this one had to be added to my to-read list. It’s about an elderly woman who can remember two alternate lives. In one, she married her high school sweetheart Mark and survived an unhappy marriage, in another she turned Mark down and became a successful travel writer. But which life is the right one? Or are they both real?

 

Armada by Ernest Cline (Expected October 7, 2014)
Armada by Ernest Cline (Expected October 7, 2014)

Armada by Ernest Cline

While writing my review of Ready Player One I came across the fact that Ernest Cline is about to come out with another book this fall. Armada is about a boy, Zack Lightman. Zack has spent countless hours playing a video game that is actually a military training program. One day, Zack is recruited by the government to defend the earth against an alien invasion. The book sounds reminiscent of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, but after reading Ready Player One, I’m sure Cline has more up his sleeve than that.

 

 

Popular by Maya Van Wagenen (Out now)
Popular by Maya Van Wagenen (Out now)

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen

Somewhat of a departure from my normal reading habits, Popular is the memoir of teenager Maya Van Wagenen who, for one year, followed the 1953 book Betty Cornell’s Teen-Age Popularity Guide in secret. Over the course of the year Van Wagenen transformed from the shy, quiet girl in class, to “the person everyone was talking about.” I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan

Thief's Magic by Trudi Canavan (Expected May 13, 2014)
Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan (Expected May 13, 2014)

 

Finally, there’s Thief’s Magic. Which is the first in a new series by Trudi Canavan. I’ve never read anything by Canavan before; it was the review of this book in Library Journal that caught my eye. As I’m terrible at summing up fantasy books, here’s the official description from Canavan’s website (linked above):

“In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.

Elsewhere, in an land ruled by the priests, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet she knows she has a talent for it, and that there is a corrupter in the city willing to teach her how to use it – should she dare to risk the Angels’ wrath.

Yet not everything is as Tyen and Rielle have been raised to believe. Not the nature of magic, nor the laws of their lands… and not even the people they trust.”

Well, that’s it for me! Has anyone got their hands on any ARCs of these? If so, I’d love to hear what you have to say about them! Or, if you’re looking forward to a book that you think I should know about, let me know in the comments. I’m always looking for more to add to my Goodreads shelf.

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