top ten tuesday (on wednesday): 2014 releases i’m dying to read

I am behind! Yesterday’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt from Broke and the Bookish:

December 4: Top ten 2014 releases I’m dying to read

This prompt is a little tougher for me—I have trouble finding releases coming up in the future (not a subscriber to ARC websites at the moment) and I have soooooooo many from this year (and recent years…) on my shelves to read for now. But, from the lists I have seen around the internet, there are a few I’m interested in and will keep my eye out for, but wouldn’t quite say I’m dying to read. Anyway, in no particular order:

1. Escape from Children’s Hospital by Jonathan Safran Foer
I’ve only read Foer’s Everything is Illuminated and liked it enough to want to read more from him, but haven’t gotten around to it. This is a fictional version of a tragic, explosive science class accident that occurred when Foer was a kid.

2. The Martian by Andy Weir
A team of astronauts on a mission to Mars experiences an equipment accident, and has to get back to Earth as soon as possible, but have to leave one team member behind who was injured and presumed dead after the accident. The astronaut wasn’t dead, though, and comes to finding himself stranded and alone on Mars with only the wreckage from the accident and his determination and will to survive on.

3. Last Words from Montmartre by Qiu Miaojin
A novel comprised of letters outlining the breakdown of a relationship and finally the breakdown of the narrator. Looks like a striking read!

4. The Bear by Claire Cameron
Two young children attempt to survive in the remote wilderness after their parents are killed in a bear attack during a camping trip. 

5. The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames by Kai Bird
From the Goodreads link, above: “The Good Spy is Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird’s compelling portrait of the remarkable life and death of one of the most important operatives in CIA history—a man who, had he lived, might have helped heal the rift between Arabs and the West.”

6. Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and the Year of His Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
This is Murakami’s latest, a huge best-seller in Japan, which will have its English translation published in 2014. Despite having Kafka on the Shore still sitting on my TBR, I’d still be interested in reading anything new of Murakami’s!

7. The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland
Saw this one over on Shannon at River City Reading‘s list: “An exquisite novel that asks probing questions about journalism and ethics, about the decline of the newspaper and the failure of language, it is also the story of a woman’s effort to establish her place in an increasingly alien and alienating world.” (Side note, Shannon has an awesome list! I want to read all of them now.)

8. The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt
An amazing, provocative female artist is tired of being ignored in her field, and so decides to present her art under three male artists’ names before finally revealing herself as the true artist. However critics wonder whether she was the true artist behind the third show, credited to a male artist with whom she was involved, and was killed mysteriously. Sounds like a good psychological thriller!

9. The Kept by James Scott
Rural upstate New York, turn of the twentieth century—a mother returns to her remote farm to find her husband and children all murdered. One son remains, who cares for his mother until the two of them are able to venture out and hunt down the criminals. This was compared a little bit to True Grit, which I read recently and enjoyed, so it caught my eye.

10. Foreign Gods, Inc. by Okey Ndibe
A degree-educated Nigerian man is desperate—barely eking out a living in New York City, Ike is trying best he can to provide for his family on his meager salary as a cab driver. He hatches a plan to return to his homeland to steal a statue of a deity and sell it in NYC for profit. However back home in the village he faces people from his past and a rift between those who believe in the deity and those converted to Christianity.

11. BONUS The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
I haven’t read anything by Kidd before, but this one sounds interesting, about two women in the early nineteenth century, one of privilege who owns the other… starting when they were both children. I love historical fiction, so this one could be right up my alley.

What 2014 releases are you looking forward to reading?

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