Books to Look Forward To in 2014

I’m kind of a big reader: I’ve been doing it since I was three, and I can be completely ridiculous about things I like.  Last year, I crammed 85 books into my spare time (yes, it exists) and hopefully can fit even more this year, especially adult science fiction – which I love but never get enough time to read.

That said, though, there are tons of books I’m looking forward to reading (or re-reading) this year, many of them sequels.

Honor’s Knight by Rachel Bach is the sequel to 2013’s Fortune’s Pawn, which I reviewed for Girls in Capes.  While it wasn’t as mind-blowing as other SFF series I read in 2013, Fortune’s Pawn was an exciting and adventurous ride with a hilarious narrator with a great voice.  This title is out soon from Orbit Books.

The Enceladus Crisis by Michael J. Martinez is the sequel to his debut, The Daedalus Incident. Set in a simultaneous alternate history and possible future, Daedalus is a quirky and swashbuckling science fantasy treat, and I can’t wait to see what the next adventure will be. (More on Enceladus here.)

Marie Lu’s new series, The Young Elites, is a high fantasy series with the first book out Fall 2014.  She describes it as “X-Men meets Assassin’s Creed meets Game of Thrones.”  With my intense love for Lu’s series LEGEND and the fact that I enjoy all three of those comparative titles, how could I NOT look forward to this  series?  In fact, a better question is probably how I’ll make it through most of 2014 WITHOUT reading it.

And as I mentioned, I’m stoked to re-read some excellent 2013 titles as well (though in some cases mainly to stave off my hunger for the yet-unannounced sequels).  This year, I plan to re-read Rainbow Rowell‘s third novel, Fangirl, one of my absolute favorites of 2013.  I also want to read all three books in the LEGEND series as well, maybe before Young Elites #1 comes out.

I also want to re-read some of my adult speculative favorites, including Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice and my annual re-read, Neal Stephenson‘s 900-page epic Anathem.  (Yes, I try and re-read a 900-page book every year.  Maybe this is why I never manage to read 100 books…)

What new releases are you looking forward to during 2014?  What re-reads are you most excited for?

Published by Feliza

Feliza Casano is a writer and editor with a love of speculative fiction, graphic novels, and good books. She writes and edits at Girls in Capes (GirlsinCapes.com) and contributes to other websites on science fiction and fantasy topics.

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