The lists for the best books of 2010 books are everywhere at the moment, so I thought it would be nice to have a look at some of the books which we might be talking about this time next year.
Here are the 2011 books that I am getting excited about!
Note: UK release month shown in brackets.
The book which I’m most excited about reading in 2011 hasn’t even got a title yet. I know nothing about it. All I know is that A Fine Balance is my favourite book of all time.
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (October)
We’ve waited a long time for this one, but publication is finally in sight. A new Murakami is a good reason to celebrate, but a return to his unique bizarreness is very special. Read this summary and try to not be excited.
Cain by Jose Saramago (July)
This is the last book Saramago wrote before his death last year. Its religious content meant that it caused some controversy on its release in Portugal. The English translation will be available this summer and I am intrigued by it.
The Other Hand was an emotional roller coaster and it doesn’t sound as though this one is going to be any happier. His new book is about a relationship between a young couple, one of whom has terminal cancer. I’m looking forward to getting the tissues out!
The Islanders by Christopher Preist (October)
I loved The Prestige when I read it earlier this year. I think Christopher Preist’s unique mixture of great writing and complex plotting may mean that he will be added to my list of favourite authors by the end of the year.
Exactly 30 years after the publication of The Clan of the Cave Bear, the final book in the series is finally here. I just need to read books 4 and 5 first!
This is the second in the Ibis trilogy. I wasn’t a big fan of Sea of Poppies, but I know I’m in the minority. The question is whether or not this one will be good enough to be short listed for the Booker Prize too.
Great House by Nicole Krauss (February)
The History of Love seems to be loved by a lot of people. Her follow up, Great House, was released in the US in 2010 and has received rave reviews. It finally reaches UK shores in February. I’m going to try to read The History of Love soon and if I enjoy it as much as I think I will then I’ll try to squeeze Great House in before the end of 2011. I can’t believe I’m already planning that far ahead!!
His debut novel, White Tiger, won the Booker Prize. I’ll be interested to find out what this one is like.
The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards (January)
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter was a huge hit. I’m sure that this one will be too.
I’m a big fan of TC Boyle and this book which examines a rat’s right to life sounds thought provoking and original. I can’t wait!
Other 2011 releases to look out for:
Pulse by Julian Barnes (January)
The Leopard by Jo Nesbo (January)
A Man of Parts by David Lodge (April)
Bullfighting by Roddy Doyle (April)
Mr Fox by Helen Oyeyemi (June)