I hope everyone is having a good 2014 so far–or at least has gotten used to writing “2014” on checks and forms. It still looks weird to me, even though the day job requires me to date documents all the time.

I’m embarrassed to admit I almost forgot today was my Risky blogging day, even though it’s on my calendar, and I noticed it on Monday and spent a few minutes trying to think up a good topic. By the time I thought of it again, it was too late to come up with something deep and thoughtful about my current manuscript and my research for it, or anything along those lines. So I thought, “Hey! The year is still new. I’ll talk about the books I’m looking forward to reading in 2014!”

Sweet Disorder Cover

My critique partner, Rose Lerner, has a new book coming out in March called Sweet Disorder. It’s a tale of love and politics in an English village, and it’s smart, beautifully written, and very sexy.

My 9-year-old daughter and I are equally enamored with a series of snarky (yet highly educational!) graphic novels on American history called Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales. To give you a sense of the tone of the series, I’ll just mention that the most recent entry was called Donner Dinner Party. This time he’s tackling World War I:


Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood is the latest entry to my preorder list at Amazon.

I’m also eager for Lindsey Davis’s second Flavia Albia book and Diana Gabaldon’s Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. For the rest, I’m sure I’ll make many delightful discoveries as the year goes on, though I figure I’ll be waiting till at least 2015 for Naomi Novik’s latest, and God only knows how long for the next Song of Ice and Fire book from George R.R. Martin…

What about you? What books are you awaiting eagerly? Have you already preordered any of them?