Want to stay on top of the latest and greatest books? Here is an early look at the books that are supposed to be big in 2013. As the list expands, this page will be updated to include links to monthly book releases lists and reviews. For now, here is a sneak peek at the calendar of big book releases for 2013.
January - A Little History
Noteworthy January releases include The Last Runaway
by Tracy Chevalier -- a novel of historical fiction about the Underground Railroad. Insane City
is Dave Barry's first adult novel written on his own in a decade.
February - Working the Emotions
Karen Russell is releasing a new book of stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove
. This is sure to please fans of her last collection, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
. There are also new novels by Jodi Picoult and Maeve Binchy, among other exciting releases.
March - Book Club Picks
March brings a mix of light and heavy reads to bridge winter with spring.
April - Not Quite Science Fiction
April brings some intriguing premises and long awaited novels from favorite authors such as James Salter.
May - Goodbye Sookie Stackhouse
Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series comes to an end and Khaled Hosseini
releases his third novel.
June - King Horror
Stephen King is set to release Joyland
in June 2013. Joyland
is the story of a college student working as a carny in North Carolina in 1973 who must confront the legacy of a viscous murder. Also: a sequel to The Devil Wears Prada
is in the works.
July - Summer Reading
From family comedy to thrillers to a fantasy sports book, the middle of summer is all about entertainment.
August - Some Exciting Debuts
August might be the month to try out one of the big debut novels of the year. There are a couple recommended on this list, and it is late enough in the year that some of the earlier releases have been tried and reviewed extensively.
September - King is King!
We have an ongoing conversation on this site about the best Stephen King book
. He certainly has a large and varied bibliography
that appeals to all types of readers, but always The Shining
is listed as one of the best. Fans are sure to be delighted, then, that Dr. Sleep
, the sequel to The Shining
, has a release date of September 24.
October - Ghosts & Giants
Diane Setterfield's 2006 debut novel, The Thirteenth Tale
, is one of my favorite books. I have been longing for a new book from her, and am excited to get my hands on it this month. Malcolm Gladwell is set to release a new book on "power," which was partially inspired by observations of the "Occupy" movement. There are many other great looking books set for release this month as well.
November - Spiritual Considerations
In time for the Christmas season, there are some books that think beyond this life and a long new novel from Amy Tan.