I woke up early this morning, as usual, but for the first time since October there was no compelling reason to leap out of bed and start reading. I felt lost. Directionless. (And cold--it is freezing here in New England today). Fortunately, I have a stack of books I got for Christmas and more to come on my birthday this weekend (I also have a stack of laundry to put away, but that's not the point). And there are many books coming out in 2009 that will help give some purpose to my post-Cybils life.
My 2009 list seems to be mainly new books by Cybils authors:
Fade, by Lisa McMann, which is the sequel to 2008 shortlisted Wake (February).
Once a Princess, by Sherwood Smith (April). I really enjoyed discovering this author during the Cybils (two of her books were nominated, and I liked them both lots).
Fragile Eternity, by Melissa Marr, a continuation of the story begun in Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange (late April).
The Magic Thief-Lost, by Sarah Prineas (May 1st) I, um, rather like The Magic Thief, another 2008 shortlister, so I am excited at all get out about this.
The Sorceress, the third book in the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flannel series, by Michael Scott (May again)
Sacred Scars, by Kathleen Duey, which is the sequel to 2007 Cybils finalist Skin Hunger (August). I have almost never been so anxious to go to the next book as I was when I finished Skin Hunger, so this will be a great relief!
Fire, by Kristin Cashore, a prequel to Graceling, another of our 2008 finalists (coming in October).
And here are two I can't wait to read that aren't sci fi/fantasy:
The Indigo Notebook, by Laura Resau (coming in the fall)
Nothing But Ghosts, by Beth Kephart, (coming in June, but which I have in hand already--thanks Beth!)
Finally, I am really really really looking forward to Jellaby, Monster in the City, by Kevin Soo. Jellaby Vol. I ended in a terribly unresolved way (April).
There are doubtless many more that I would be looking forward to if I knew about them. Of course, the book I am waiting for most waitingly isn't coming out till 2010--Megan Whalen Turner's new one. But 2010 is now less than a year away...
And here is Part II of the list--more books that I remembered I want!