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I’m an avid mood reader who generally finishes 100+ books per year and sometimes gets through much more than that.
As I’ve said in previous posts, many of the books I read are spontaneous picks based on what I find in the new release section of the Toronto Public Library.
That is to say, I’d need a crystal ball in order to know exactly what I’m going to read this year. Ha!
I think there’s something to be said for embracing these moments of joy whenever they happen. No one is ever too old to be thrilled when a favourite author releases something new.
Here are two books I’m so excited to read that I’ve literally put alerts for them on my calendar so I can request them from the library (or buy them if the library doesn’t have them) the second they’re released.
A Prayer for the Crown Shy (Monk & Robot #2) by Becky Chambers
Release Date: July 12
I know I mentioned this in a recent Top Ten Tuesday post, but I had to include it here as well.
What I loved the most about the first book in this series was how hopeful it was. The narrator described a science fiction future that (so far) has shown no signs of climate change, pandemics, prejudice, war, or inequality. Human populations are much smaller than they are today, but they live quiet and harmonious lives in their little villages.
There’s something irresistible about that setting to me. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to live in such a harmonious society?
Empty Smiles (Small Spaces #4) by Katherine Arden
Release Date: August 9
This is a delightful middle grade series about a group of three friends who keep running into a dangerous spirit called the Smiling Man.
I love paranormal stories in general. The nice thing about this particular series is that generally happy endings are all but guaranteed when you’re reading books meant for this age group. So I can enjoy the spooky scenes while being pretty sure that the characters will be triumphant in the end.
That’s the sort of reassuring storyline I’ve been craving this past year or two, so I’m looking forward to seeing how this quartet ends.
I think focusing on hopeful stories is a great idea for 2022. I will check out Monk and Robot.
Yes to the Middle Grade reading! (There’s one on my list, too.) Have you read any of the City of Ghosts books by Victoria Schwab?
Small Spaces 4 has a title and a release date now? Oooh, yay! I’m really looking forward to that one, too. It’s been the perfect series for me lately when I want something slightly creepy.
Ack, but that cover! I think Empty Smiles might be the creepiest cover in the whole series.
A science fiction book that has a hopeful look at the future sounds great.
I’m glad you think so, too! 🙂
I like the sound of those two, particularly the idea of a science fiction story that isn’t a dystopia.
Thank you! I hope you like them if you read them.