I haven’t made a list in a really long time, so here goes. This is my current (priority) to-read list, in no particular order:
- Bartimaeus: The Ring of Solomon (Jonathan Stroud): I started reading this on my trip to Singapore, but it got left behind because it was to heavy to carry around. Our favourite smart-mouth djinn is back, this novel chronicling his adventures before he met Nathaniel in The Amulet of Samarkand.
- Flat Track Bullies (Balaji Venkataramanan): This is a book that was recently given to me by no other than the publisher herself (Duckbill). I’ve only glanced at it so far and from what I can make out, it appears to be an entertaining account of the summer holidays of one young Ravi Venkatesan.
- Black Limericks (Ranjit Lal): I’d started reading this a couple of weeks ago, but had set it aside since at that point I needed something lighter. It features a 17-year-old girl with the uncanny ability to compose limericks on demand, but—as in many of his other books—Ranjit Lal wades into some heavy stuff in this one… I won’t give much away, but anyone looking for some good YA reading should pick this up.
- Bad Boy (Peter Robinson): In other words, the 19th Inspector Banks mystery. Many feel that the Banks novels have started to go stale, myself included, but for old times sake I can’t help pick them up. This one is supposed to be a high-stakes plot where the personal and professional collide. I have my fingers crossed.
- Tomorrow: The Dead of Night (John Marsden): Part two of the Tomorrow series, a young adult novel of what would happen if Australia were invaded by a foreign power. Led by Ellie Linton, a group of adolescents prepare to get on with their lives and make a difference. If the first book is any indication, this one is going to be a cracker too.
Of course, this isn’t all… and may the list keep growing.