- Last week we talked about the books you liked best from 2007. So this week, what with it being a new year, and all, we’re looking forward….
- What new books are you looking forward to most in 2008? Something new being published this year? Something you got as a gift for the holidays? Anything in particular that you’re planning to read in 2008 that you’re looking forward to? A classic, or maybe a best-seller from 2007 that you’re waiting to appear in paperback?
This is my first post in 2008 - Happy New Year everyone.
I'm looking forward to reading C J Sansom's new book Revelation, which will be published in April. This is the fourth book featuring Matthew Shardlake and is set in Spring, 1543, when King Henry VIII is wooing Lady Catherine Parr, whom he wants for his sixth wife. It's a time of religious mania when the insane are considered as heretics, imprisoned in Bedlam and burnt at the stake. When an old friend is horrifically murdered Shardlake, a lawer-cum-detective, promises to bring the killer to justice. His search leads him to connections not only with a boy in Bedlam but with Cranmer and Catherine Parr and with the dark prophecies of the Book of Revelation. I've loved the other Matthew Shardlake books and expect this one will be just as good.
I'm also looking forward to reading another book not yet published - Nothing to be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes. I read about it in the paper at the weekend. It's a meditation and memoir, about God, death and art, which sounds fascinating. It's out in March.
Then I have lots of books on my wish list and loads on my 'to be read' list - plenty to keep me going. Some of these I've included in the 'What's in a Name' and 'Celebrate the Author' Challenges. I've already read two of the books I had for Christmas Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve and The Man in the Picture by Susan Hill, both of which I've been looking forward to reading and both were compelling and very enjoyable - worth waiting for. I am now reading a third Christmas present, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. I first read this as a teenager, but after all that time it's like reading it for the first time.