Books of 2012 – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 21

I don’t know about you but it is at this time of year that I start to get excited about the books out in the New Year (I did receive a book yesterday due out in September 2012 – wow thats forward planning). I have been mooching through the catalogues and there are definitely some treats ahead but I have been surprised by how few are exciting me, though those few are spectacularly exciting if that makes sense, between January and July 2012. Maybe it’s because 2011 seemed such a strong year for fiction of all genres?  Whatever the reason this could be a good thing as from today everything starts to change with my reading habits and I will be reading older books in the next year, more about that here, though of course I won’t be writing off new books by any means.  What has this got to do with the Savidge Reads Advent Calendar?

Well… I thought I would give away two advance copies of books I am excited about in the first few months of 2012. I am very excited about both ‘A Novel Bookstore’ by Laurence Cosse (described as a bookish thriller, very exciting) and ‘The Snow Child’ by Eowyn Ivey (and adult fairy tale which is going to be a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime in April and has lots of buzz already), both of these could easily end up in my luggage going to my mother’s as I am off there for the Christmas period. Here are the covers to tempt you further…


All you have to do to win a copy of each of the books (and I can give two of you copies) is tell me which two books you are the most excited about the release of in 2012 in the comments below. You have until 11am GMT on December 24th. Good luck, I can’t wait to see what you are all looking forward to.


Filed under Book Thoughts, Random Savidgeness

18 responses to “Books of 2012 – The Savidge Reads Advent Calendar Day 21

  1. Ana quindlen and Elisabeth George.

  2. I am really looking forward to The Twelve by Justin Cronin (the second part of The Passage, due in May), though I expect it will just leave me anxiously awaiting part three, and Cold Days by Jim Butcher, the next in the Dresden Files series (due in July).

  3. I too am looking forward to The Twelve by Justin Cronin – I’m currently in the middle of The Passage and what a page turner! The other book I’m looking forward to is In One Person by John Irving. 2012 is going to be a great year!


  4. I read The Novel Bookstore about two months back (review up as well) and liked it. The Snow Child is new to me. I generally have no idea of what is forthcoming in the book world – just trying to keep track of highly recommended reading is tricky enough in this part of the world.

  5. michelle

    I am looking forward to Emma Donoghue’s next work of fiction, which is a sequence of stories about travel (from the seventeenth century to the twentieth) called ASTRAY. It is due to be published in the Autumn of 2012, quite a long wait actually.
    Also looking forward to her other work in progress (hopefully to be completed in 2012 as well) which is a historical fiction based on the true story of a murdered 19th century cross-dressing frog catcher. Now, doesn’t that sound interesting? 🙂

  6. The Twelve of course, and the paperback releases of A life Charles Dickens and Ragnarok…also not a book, but a film, really looking forward to the release of Peter Jackson Hobbit

  7. I absolutely can’t wait for ‘The Snow Child’ and Natasha Solomons’ new novel which I’ve heard will be out in 2012!

  8. David

    Only two books? There are so many I’m looking forward to! I’m going to avoid the obvious (Hilary Mantel) and pick Susan Fletcher’s new book, “The Silver Dark Sea” (July, 4th Estate), since Fletcher is fast becoming one of my favourite young British authors, with her wonderful lyrical prose that just makes you want to read it out loud. And Tom Bullough’s “Konstantin” (March, Viking) – Bullough is a new discovery for me, having only recently read “The Claude Glass”, a harrowing yet beautiful novel about growing up on a farm on the Welsh borders – his new one promises a story based on the life of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, the “father of Russian space travel” and has me eagerly awaiting its release.

  9. I have read everything Alain de Botton has published, I love his novels and essays, so I am really looking forward to his “Religion for Atheists” 🙂

  10. I am excited about both of these plus Toni Morrison’s new novel, Home, out in May and The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka published in a few weeks.

  11. Louise

    I’m looking forward to The Snow Child, The Twelve, Kind of Cruel by Sophie Hannah, Dead Scared by S J Bolton….I think 2012 is going to be great 🙂

  12. Bet

    I’m looking forward to the release of A Magnificent Obsession by Helen Rappaport on THIS side of the pond. And I wish The Proof of Love by Catherine Hall was available here, too!

  13. Those two both sound fantastic. I’m looking forward to The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey and The Red House by Mark Haddon. And apparently Michael Chabon’s new book will be out in the US but not on this side of the pond. Boo.

  14. Eva

    A.S. Byatt’s new book (Ragnorak: it doesn’t come out in the US until February) and Toni Morrison’s new one (Home). 🙂

  15. Janet D

    The Death of King Arthur by Simon Armitage due 5 Jan 2012 and the paperback version of The House of Silk are my choices.

  16. Ann P

    I love the cover of A Novel Bookstore. I have to wait till books come out in paperback before buying them so the releases I’m looking forward to that are coming shortly are Half the Human Race by Anthony Quinn and My DearI Wanted to tell You by Louisa Young.

  17. It’s a bit naff, but I’m looking forward to Bryce Courtenay’s next book – I have the utmost respect for him after reading April Fool’s Day. I’m also looking forward to reading The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan.

  18. I saw your post, but got so behind in my google reader, that I arrive way too late for your giveaway. I loved A Novel Bookstore:
    in your post, it sounds like it’s a new book, though it was published in translation in 2010. did you read also An Accident in August, by the same author. Another good one.

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