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January 16, 2013

Book Things to Look Forward to in 2013

Since we all survived the apocalypse, we figured we might as well celebrate our successful entry into 2013! While 2012 had some pretty great moments, there’s so much to look forward to as the New Year gets underway – especially book-related things.

Here’s a list of some of the things we at are anticipating the most:

New Book Releases
MY BROTHER’S BOOK by Maurice Sendak
Fifty years after Where the Wild Things Are was published comes the last book Maurice Sendak completed before his death in May 2012, My Brother's Book. With influences from Shakespeare and William Blake, Sendak pays homage to his late brother, Jack, whom he credited for his passion for writing and drawing.
On-Sale: February 5, 2013

OUT OF THE EASY by Ruta Sepetys
It’s 1950 in  French Quarter of New Orleans and, 17-year-old Josie Moraine is known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.
On-Sale: February 12, 2013

CRASH AND BURN by Michael Hassan
On April 21, 2008, Steven "Crash" Crashinsky saved more than a thousand people when he stopped his classmate David Burnett from taking their high school hostage armed with assault weapons and high-powered explosives. More than that, this is a story of two teens whose lives have been inextricably linked since grade school, who were destined, some say, to meet that day in the teachers' lounge of Meadows High.
On-Sale: February 19, 2013

FROST BURNED by Patricia Briggs
Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…
On-Sale: March 5, 2013

THE BOOK OF MY LIVES by Aleksander Hemon
Aleksandar Hemon’s lives begin in Sarajevo, a small, blissful city where a young boy’s life is consumed with street soccer with his casually multiethnic group of friends, resentment of his younger sister, and trips abroad with his engineer-cum-beekeeper father. Here, a young man’s life is about poking at the pretensions of the city’s elders with American music, bad poetry, and slightly better journalism. And then Chicago: watching war break out in Sarajevo and the city come under siege, with no way to return home; the Hemons fleeing Sarajevo with the family dog, leaving behind all else they had ever known; and Hemon himself starting a new life, his own family, in this new city.
On-Sale: March 19, 2013

Z:  A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
Before F. Scott Fitzgerald was a literary darling, he was a young WWI army lieutenant who fell hard for a spirited Southern belle named Zelda Sayre. The life he and Zelda would lead together in New York, Long Island, Paris, Hollywood, and on the French Riviera made them legends even in their own time. Set amidst the glamour of the Jazz Age and the The Lost Generation’s vivid world abroad, Z brings Zelda and Scott’s romantic, tumultuous, extraordinary journey to life.
On-Sale: March 26, 2013

TV/Movie Adaptations of Books
Games of Thrones Season 3 (TV)
Premiere Date: March 31, 2013

Sherlock (TV)
Premiere Date:
Fall 2013

Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters (Movie)
In Theaters:
January 25, 2013

Oz the Great and Powerful (Movie)
In Theaters:
March 8, 2013

The Great Gatsby (Movie)
In Theaters:
May 10, 2013

Ender’s Game (Movies)
In Theaters:
November 1, 2013

Catching Fire (Movie)
In Theaters:
November 22, 2013

I can’t believe we have to wait all the way until NOVEMBER for Catching Fire and Ender’s Game! At least that gives us time to re-read both books.

As you might expect, there are some things we are VERY happy to leave behind in 2012. Twilight has officially left the building --- for now --- and we are happy to see it go. It was fun while it lasted – for some people – but it’s time to say goodbye. I’m sure ten years from now, someone, somewhere will feel the need to do a remake of these films. Just remember, not everyone can be Christopher Nolan and completely reinvent a film franchise for the better. Some things are better left alone.

We’re also hoping the Fifty Shades wave has crashed, and that we won’t have to hear about it too much in 2013. Here’s hoping the movie version does not make any progress this year!