Books in 2011: What Are You Looking Forward To Reading?

The Millions, one of our favorite literary blogs, has an excellent post on killer books coming down the pike–“Most Anticipated: The Great 2011 Book Preview.” We now have a ridiculously long list of titles we’re dying to read. And of course we’re thrilled that The Millions gang chose Jonathan Evison’s West of Here (pub. date: February 15), which is the #1 Indie Next pick for February.


What books are you looking forward to reading in 2011? Tell us here or on our Facebook page for a chance to win an Algonquin Book Bonanza–10 essential paperback titles + 1 copy of West of Here.


28 Comments On This Post:

January 7, 2011
11:17 am
Karen Carterr says...

Have heard fantastic things about Hillary Jordan’s MUDBOUND and Caroline Leavitt’s PICTURES OF YOU! Can’t wait to read them!

January 7, 2011
11:28 am
Marnye says...

I just finished A Reliable Wife and am now on to the Poisionwood Bible with The The Magician’s Assistant on deck! 2011 is the year of the book, I say.

January 7, 2011
11:38 am
Charity says...

I’m certainly looking forward to West of Here, which sounds fantastic. I’ve also already added Michael Parker’s The Watery Part of the World to my amazon wishlist.

Don’t tell anyone, but I’m also very much anticipating my annual guilty pleasure read, Janet Evanovich’s next Stephanie Plum book.

January 7, 2011
11:40 am
Christina says...

Excited to hear there is a new Kate Atkinson coming this year, and looking forward to reading Patton Oswalt’s new one, too.

January 7, 2011
11:51 am
Ami says...

I want to read Cleopatra, His Monkey Wife – and any great YA or middle grade book that comes out.

January 7, 2011
11:51 am
Carol says...

I blogged about this a couple of weeks ago, you can find my reading list here… http://carolmarksonline.com/?p=385

January 7, 2011
12:13 pm
Buffy says...

Vonnegut’s “While Mortals Sleep” and “1Q84″ by Haruki Murakami

January 7, 2011
12:21 pm
Jen says...

Heidi Durrow’s book is at the top of my pile from last year. Also Swamplandia,The Tiger’s Wife and of course West of Here!

January 7, 2011
12:58 pm
Jessica M. says...

I’m definitely looking forward to West of Here, it sounds fantastic. I’ve been wanting to read The Girl Who Fell From the Sky and Mudbound, and I’ve been meaning to pick Water for Elephants up again… I’ve started it before, but it fell by the wayside in a busy time, and I want to read it before the movie comes out. I read A Reliable Wife last year and I love love loved it! :)

January 7, 2011
1:00 pm
Helen says...

Cleopatra, Lotus Eaters, Tana French’s latest Faithful Place, Life by Keith Richards…I could go on and on.

January 7, 2011
1:16 pm
Gina says...

I have my eye on The Selected Stories of Mercè Rodoreda (Open Letter), Montecore by Jonas Hassen Khemiri (Random House), and The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine (Europa Editions).

BTW, I LOVED The Girl Who Fell From the Sky.

January 7, 2011
1:32 pm
Emily says...

I’m looking forward to reading Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, John Updike’s In the Beauty of the Lilies, Vol. 1 of Edward Gibbon’s The History of the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire and any Algonquin books at hand. You guys never disappoint (have already read two Algonquin titles in 2011 — both gems: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey and Settled in the Wild by Susan Hand Shetterly).

January 7, 2011
1:59 pm
lola malone says...

I am really looking forward to reading god bless you mr rosewater. my husband has told me several times how wonderful it is, and i am finally going to pick up a copy.

January 7, 2011
2:02 pm
Emily H. says...

I’m looking forward to reading Demonglass (Hex Hall, #2) by Rachel Hawkins.

January 7, 2011
2:03 pm
Lydia says...

Pictures of You, definitely! And Sarah Bird’s The Gap Year.

January 7, 2011
2:10 pm
Sam says...

I recently finished Gabrielle Hamilton’s ‘Blood, Bones and Butter (coming out in March), and am working on David Grossman’s ‘To the End of the Land’. I have a long list of possibilities for my 52books project this year, which at this rate might end up being 150 books.

I manage a cookbook store, so the effort will be to read outside of the cookbook/food memoir comfort zone! Bill Bryson ‘At Home’, Twyla Tharp’s ‘The Creative Habit’, Verghese’s ‘Cutting for Stone’, and Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’ are all coming up soon.

January 7, 2011
3:00 pm
Janice says...

Have been looking forward to “Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind: A Bestseller’s Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood” by Ellen Brown. Have heard is an interesting history of GWTW.

January 7, 2011
3:07 pm
Sherry says...

Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassant, Life by Keith Richards and the new Cleopatra. Oh yeah, Time Was Soft There and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.

January 7, 2011
3:09 pm
Natalia says...

The Reliable Wife. Found out about it thanks to Kindle, looks like just the thing. At least for this week :)

January 7, 2011
3:17 pm
Sue B. says...

Read WEST OF HERE as a galley and loved, loved, loved it. FRIEND OF THE FAMILY and PICTURES OF YOU are definately on my to read list!

January 8, 2011
12:17 pm
Leigh says...

Looking forward to the audiobook I just downloaded: THE THREE MARRIAGES by Irish poet David Whyte

January 8, 2011
12:27 pm
Jane K says...

SHORT by Cortwright McMeel, even though it might be be depressing in the long run…

January 10, 2011
12:42 pm
Irene Wright says...

Just received in the mail, a copy of Freedon From Fear – Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Really looking forwrd to reading this one. Don’t know where it came from but I enter loads of competitions so this must be a prize from one of them. GOOD PRIZE….

January 10, 2011
2:29 pm
Ashley, the Accidental Olympian says...

I am finally going to read the Steig Larson series, I am dying to read the Adventures of Calvin and Clay, and I am pretty interested to read the Lost Symbol. Even if people say it’s garbage. Who doesn’t like a fast vacation read?

January 10, 2011
5:15 pm
Genevieve says...

Why yes, I AM the only person in existence not to have read Water for Elephants. That’s my pick. I’m going to read that in 2011!

January 10, 2011
5:37 pm
Pam says...

I’ve just discovered Peggy Poe Stern, a fantastic NC mountain writer. Looking forward to reading Above-all.

January 11, 2011
9:44 pm
Sheilagh Lee says...

I’m looking forward to The Sentry by Richard Crais.I love his Joe Pike.

January 29, 2011
12:59 am
Frisbee says...

I was stalling on twitter trying to find something to cure my boredom – and BANG – someone I follow tweeted this post. Now, I am not quite as bored. Thanks for posting good material. – Frisbee

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