Escapist Entropy: Seven Books I Can’t Wait To Read in 2012

Extreme seasons of stress at work move me to unearth the Young Adult/Fantasy book collection on the Kindle.  Difficult boss? Hogwarts magic. Annoying colleague? Iron Druid violence. Career conundrums? Shamelessly Percy Jackson. There is nothing as soothing as ignoring the real world around you and pretending your problems don’t exist, or can be solved by an iron amulet or the Elder Wand (though that didn’t work for Voldemort either).

Last couple of weeks,  I have reread (for the third time?) the  seven-book Percy Jackson series. Then I reread all the Percy Jackson “companion” (i.e. milk the franchise books)  literature.  Now, I have nothing appropriately escapist to read, and my work stress level is still high. But at least the situation has not gotten bad enough to whip out Twilight!

No, going through Amazon’s best books is hardly escapist reading (going through that list as well though). Those books require emotional engagement, a full sensory awareness of the plots and prose; some books can even tire you out.

Here are a few of the books I wish were out right now.

Book Title: Tricked

Author: Kevin Hearne

Series Name: Iron Druid Chronicles

Sequel Release Date: April 24, 2012

Preceded by: Hounded, Hexed, Hammered

Comments: Looking forward to Oberon’s next obsession.  Iron Druids are cooler than Vampires/Werewolves/Zombies, and maybe as cool as Wizards. Kevin Hearne’s prose matured throughout the series; the stories about Thor and the ending of the last book were superb.

Book Title: Insurgent

Author: Veronica Roth

Series Name: Divergent Trilogy

Sequel Release Date: May 1, 2012

Preceded by: Divergent (my book review here)

Comments: Love the strong female character in this book. Maybe not Katniss Everdeen, but I am still inspired to be dauntless.

Book Title: The Serpent’s  Shadow

Author:  Rick Riordan

Series Name: The Kane Chronicles

Sequel Release Date: May 1, 2012

Preceded by: The Red Pyramid, The Throne of Fire

Comments: Classic Rick Riordan coming of age, formula book. It does get tiring sometimes but I do want to know how the Kane siblings mature in their new found powers.

Book Title: The Enchantress

Author: Michael Scott

Series Name: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Sequel Release Date: May 22, 2012

Preceded by: The Alchemyst, The Magician, The Sorceress, The Necromancer, The Warlock

Comments: Well maybe I am not really looking forward to this one. Michael Scott jumps all over the place and the stories aren’t tight. He lost me on the super race preceding humankind arc. Still, I  just want to know how it ends.

Book Title: The  Mark of Athena

Author: Rick Riordan

Series Name: The Heroes of Olympus

Sequel Release Date: Fall 2012

Preceded by: The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune

Comments: I can’t wait long enough! Rick Riordan should just stop writing 39 clues and The Kane Chronicles to just finish this series!

Book Title: The  Twelve

Author: Justin Cronin

Series Name: The Passage Trilogy

Sequel Release Date: October 16, 2012

Preceded by: The Passage (my review here)

Comments: After slogging through the very thick first book, I wonder if Justin is going to come out with something as long. It probably will be, since it took him 2 years to come up with a sequel. And the third book is not going to come out until 2014.

Book Title: Days of Blood and Starlight

Author: Laini Taylor

Series Name: Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy

Sequel Release Date: November 6, 2012

Preceded by: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Comments: One of Amazon’s best books of 2011 and a Goodreads favorite. I just have to see whether Karou’s family is still alive and whether she will seek revenge. The most Twilight-y of all the books in this list. Reserved for extreme crisis.

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4 thoughts on “Escapist Entropy: Seven Books I Can’t Wait To Read in 2012

  1. Thanks for some great ideas on different authors/series to check out in the YA section! After seeing Katniss on the big screen I’ve decided to reread “The Hunger Games” trilogy, but I know that will go by quickly so I’m happy to have ideas on where to go next. lol! :)

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    • Glad to be useful:) hope you dont read them too fast or you would get the itch to reread them again and again.
      P.s. my daughter insists I include the mortal instruments series here, too. So if you burn through these books quick enough try reading Cassandra Clare too

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      • Thanks for the advice! :) I’ve actually read the Mortal Instrument series and enjoyed them! Well – the first three, anyway… I need to go back and read the book that came out a couple of years ago… (a prequel, I think?) I never got around to that one. :)

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