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Coming Distractions

Normally I’m a patient person.  Not so when waiting for the last book in a series or the new title from a favorite author.  Then its all staring longingly at my holds list for the status to change  from “on hold” to “available.”  Here are the top five books that are driving me to distraction with longing and release dates that are subject to change.

#1 When a Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, release date 9/27.

Patrick Ness made me cry at the end of Monsters of Men, alone, in my car, parked in my driveway for ten minutes so I could listen to the end of the audiobook.  Needless to say, prepare yourselves to have your emotional being ripped up, jumbled around and then made whole again.  As all good books do.  This book trailer may be in German but that does not stop it from being awesome.


#2 Goliath by Scott Westerfeld, release date 9/20.

The final book in Westerfeld’s WWI steampunk trilogy (Behemoth is a Teen’s Top Teen this year!)  I’m listening to the audiobook as soon as I can get my hands on it.  Alan Cumming will once again be narrating and it is exquisite torture waiting to find out what happens to Deryn, Alek and Bovril.  This is actually the book trailer for Leviathan but it is one of the best book trailers in the history of book trailers.


#3 The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, release date 9/27.

Featured previously on The HUB but with a new UK book trailer.  Commence salivating and leave the light on.


#4 First Day on Earth by Cecil Castellucci, release date 11/1.

An author who has won my blind trust and I will eagerly anticipate anything she puts out from city roaming ballet dancers to subversive public artists named Jane.  Luckily her next release, the story of a boy whose alien abduction might be the one thing that can save him, more than lives up to my author crush dreams.

#5 The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, release date 1/10/12.

So this book’s release is far off (there’s not even a cover yet) but I’m still grinding my teeth with impatience.  Not sure you’ve heard but John Green (2006 Printz Medal winner) is signing, personally, with his own hand, all copies in the first printing of The Fault in Our Stars.  All 150,000 of them.


Obviously I like book trailers as they help me keep my anticipation in check.  What are your top fall release reads and more importantly how do you cope until they come out?

– Amanda Margis, currently reading Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You by Sam Gosling and listening to Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

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  1. Maria Kramer Maria Kramer

    These all sound amazing! Can’t wait to read them. :-)

  2. Mia Mia

    Pretty much every detail about A Monster Calls that I have come across causes me to weep (and I’m not a particularly crying person) mostly because I know how good it is going to be. It might be the most simultanesously anticipated/ dreaded reading experience I’ve ever had. Anticipation is winning out, I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

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