After only just picking up several of the fantastic books that came out last year (Easy Go, The First Confessor, and The Luminaries among them), I've decided to look towards the coming year in the hopes that I don't wait until The Goodreads Choice Awards to catch up.
Without any further ado, here are the books that I'm looking forward to the most in 2014:
5. Thrive by Arianna Huffington
During one of the panels at the Indiana Governor's Conference for Women, several women discussed the idea of The Third Metric, the need beyond money and power that will help individuals redefine what success looks like to them. Though I'm curious about Arianna Huffington's take on what success is, I'm more interested in the broader discussion that I hope will take place after. As a 20-something millennial trying to figure out what I want from life, it's good to know that there are plenty of resources that go beyond money and power without focusing on marriage and children.
4. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
As a newly converted Tower Junkie, I can't wait for a new Stephen King novel to sink my teeth into. Hopefully, it will be scarier than the Green Mile but not scary enough that I have to put it in the freezer.
3. Cubed by Nikil Saval
After transitioning from the DeveloperTown houses to a more traditional office setup, I've definitely become curious about how the traditional cubicle/office setup came become the norm. I'm just disappointed that it took a forty minute Wikipedia bender to find that a book would be coming out soon with all I want to know and more.
2. The Humor Code by Peter McGraw and Joel Warner
A PhD and a journalist embark on an epic quest to ask prominent comedic experts (from Louis CK to rat-tickling researchers) what makes something funny. All you need is a dog or a woman for them to fight over (or both?), and you'd have a sitcom that could rival Modern Family. If The Humor Code is as well-written and self-depreciating as The Rosie Project, it could be one of the best books of 2014.
1. The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks
Brent Weeks has been one of my favorite authors since I first read The Black Prism (the first of the series), and I'm hoping that The Broken Eye (the third book of four) only draws me further into the world of the Lightbringer Series. With one of the most interesting and complex-but-understandable magic systems in any fantasy series I've ever read, this series really cemented my love of the fantasy genre. The second books I've ever pre-ordered, I absolutely cannot wait for The Broken Eye to show up at my door on August 26th (Happy late Birthday to me!)
Honorable Mention: The World of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin and collaborators.
Lindsey Jayne Saxton
Playing for Meeps since 1990.