Hotly Anticipated Books

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Hotly Anticipated Books

mockingjayx-largeToday Scholastic released the title and cover for Mockingjay, the final installment in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy. If you’re a fan of the series, you know why this title works. If you’re not, why are you reading this blog post and not the first two books? What’s wrong with you?

To help build anticipation, Scholastic won’t be printing advanced reader copies for Mockingjay. This makes perfect sense, of course, but it also just about kills me. When the ARC of the first book was first brought into the office, it changed hands between four of us in the span of ten days. When the ARC of Book II was released, it quickly became the most talked about YA title at last year’s Book Expo America conference. Eager fans lined up for hours to get their hands on a copy. Thinking myself too cool to wait in a line, I strolled in at around 11 in the morning to grab a copy to find I’d missed out. Suddenly less cool, I had to borrow a friend’s galley (that she had already borrowed) with the promise I’d return it within a week. 

Although Mockingjay probably won’t achieve the same sort of frantic anticipation as, say, The Deathly Hollows or Breaking Dawn, many readers, myself included, will be counting the days until its release. From a professional standpoint, it’s always wonderful to see that a book can still whip people into a frenzy.

So I wonder: What have been some of your most anticipated titles over the years?

  1. Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner. I’ve been waiting years for this one, and another six weeks remain. I feel nothing but jealous rage toward those who got ARCs. I spit on their feet! Ptooey!

    April 1 feels very far away, and that is how long I’ll have to wait to find out what’s become of Skulduggery Pleasant. This is equally hard to my 9-year-old, who listened to the audiobook the day after Christmas. The ending of the third book is, er, dramatic, and she ran shrieking into my office to ask what was going to happen next.

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  2. I’m itching to read Mockingjay as well, and Harry got my early order and heart pumping, but the sequel that made the most impact was one I didn’t anticipate. When The Gift of Asher Lev by Chaim Potok was released I was over the moon. Apparently I’d been holding my breath for eighteen years…and now Asher was going to be okay.

    Yeah, I guess I shouldn’t get so emotionally involved with fictional characters.

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  3. Right now, I absolutely can’t wait to read Adam Rex’s take on vampires in FAT VAMPIRE. I’m hoping for another THIRSTY, or better. And I don’t even like vampire novels.

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  4. Definitely the later Harry Potter books — and when Tamora Pierce was still writing her Protector of the Small series, I waited quite impatiently for all of them. I also look forward to each new title from Linda Howard, even though I don’t always love them (but I’ve loved enough of them that I’m excited anyway).

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  5. Can I ask – every time I go to B&N they show Hunger Games and Catching Fire on display – both in hardcover. Did Hunger Games do so well that they never released a PB version? Does that happen?

    As for hotly anticipated – every single Harry Potter, and they aren’t kid lit, but Elizabeth Peter’s Amelia Peabody mystery series. And the first several Stephanie Plum books.

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  6. I just read an ARC of Lee Child’s latest Reacher book. I heart Reacher, so that was fun. My whole household was in a frenzy with each Harry release, especially since one was on my daughter’s b-day (she’s the biggest HP fan in the household). I don’t get totally worked up by Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, but I, uh, know a lot of people who do.

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  7. 1. I did not even know that Adam Rex was coming out with a vampire book. I am super psyched about that, he is one of my favorite authors (and I’m one of those girls who is hooked on vampires right now).
    2. I seriously JUST finished Hunger Games today (yes, I know I’m late to the game). But what is cool about that is that I don’t have to wait to read the second one, and the third will be here before I know it!
    3. And to Robin, my copy of Hunger Games is paperback.
    4. I was looking forward to the picture book “Guess Who” by Mac Barnett and snatched it up after its release.

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  8. I’m eagerly awaiting Diane Duane’s next book — “A Wizard of Mars.” Also the next books by Jonathan Stroud, Scott Westerfeld, and Eoin Colfer. On the adult front, I’m itching for the fifth and last book in the Fae series by Karen Moning.

    Waiting is hard, but holding that book of wonderful words is priceless!

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  9. So far, the only books that have taken me to Wal-Mart at mid-night have been the 5th, 6th, and 7th Harry Potter books. The 6th and 7th were well worth the late night wait.

    Right now, I’m eagerly awaiting the 5th installment of the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull. The fifth one might have me at a local bookstore at midnight.

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  10. I agree with Scott, the 5th, 6th, & 7th Harry Potter books. My daughter and I can’t wait for Mocking Jay to come out and I’m looking forward to the sequel to Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.

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  11. I’m stoked about George R.R. Martin’s next Ice and Fire installment. It’s unhealthy to be this excited about an inanimate object.

    Also any Diana Gabaldon releases – I’ll pre order for those two authors anyday!

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  12. FIRE, the sequel to GRACELING by Kristen Cashore.

    FEAST OF CROWS, the fourth in A Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin.

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  13. I can’t wait to get a hold of Mockingjay!

    My kids and I also went to midnight release parties for Harry Potter 5-7. Such fun and wonderful memories. I also eagerly anticipated Cornelia Funke’s, Inkdeath and Diana Gabaldon’s, An Echo in the Bone.

    I agree with you Wanda. There’s nothing like holding the book you’ve been waiting for in your hands, looking over the cover, and then opening it up to the first page!

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  14. I loved Hunger Games, and Mockingjay’s cover is just gorgeous. I love how the mockingjay is breaking free of the circle it’s been enclosed in for the last two books.

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