Virtual Advent: Waiting

Hurry Up and Wait

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It’s the second day of December and therefore also the second day of advent. How did that happen? I could have sworn January was only last week!

Anyway despite the year slipping though my fingers quicker that I’d like, advent is a time of waiting and thinking about that waiting, so while my home and work life is only going to get busier for the next couple of weeks. (I’m already finding it more and more difficult to set some time aside to properly enjoy my reading.) I thought I’d take a look at those books I’m waiting to be released and/or will be looking to spend those christmas vouchers I’m hoping to get on the 25th. 😉

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I’ve already pre-orded my signed copy of this one. I’ve never read a John Green I’ve not liked and this one looks pretty special.

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means) Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. Enter Augustus Waters.

A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly, to her interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

Due out January 10th

CRYPT: Traitor’s Revenge

The first book in the series was a bit of a slow starter for me, but by the time I reached the end, I was flipping the pages like mad.

This one is not due out until March, but I’m hoping that the Christmas ARC elves will be generous to us early in the new year. 😉

‘We’re coming. The martyrs are awakening. Spirits are gathering. This will be our time…’

In York and London, strange shapes are taking form, emerging from the shadows. And who is the man who lies in a pitch-black room, listening to a voice that seems to speak from the darkness itself? Jud Lester knows that something evil is afoot.

He also knows that it can’t be investigated by any normal brand of counter-intelligence…

This is a case for CRYPT: a team of elite teenage agents who use their extra sensory perception and arsenal of high-tech gadgets to investigate crimes that the police can’t solve.

Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch

Another one that’s not due out until the 15th March, but this series is I think my favourite of this last year, the first two books were just so much fun to read!

Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And its just as well – he’s already had run ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho.

Progression in the Police Force is less easy. Especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn’t even officially exist. A department that if you did describe it to most people would get you laughed at.

And then there’s his love life. The last person he fell for ended up seriously dead. It wasn’t his fault, but still. Now something horrible is happening in the labyrinth of tunnels that make up the tube system that honeycombs the ancient foundations of London. And delays on the Northern line is the very least of it.

Time to call in the Met’s Economic and Specialist Crime Unit 9, aka ‘The Folly’. Time to call in PC Peter Grant, Britains Last Wizard.

But, you haven’t come here to wait! 😉 So I thought I’d leave you with this animation I found on youtube. The song is by one of my favourite artists, Kate Rusby, based on While Shepherds Watched, it’s called Sweet Bells. Not sure whether it’s an official video or not, but it’s pretty impressive.

22 thoughts on “Virtual Advent: Waiting

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  • December 12 at 12:10 am

    The auto correct drives me bats! I have it on my tab and I cant figure out how to turn it off.
    You have a few gr8 picks here. I like reading about books I have not heard of before.
    I bought a few specials a few days back. All Christmas themed. I am reading one that is actually pretty great. It seems like it will be sad before it gets happy and holiday cheery again. But its still good.
    I only want books for Xmas. Or amazon gift cards!
    Have a great holiday
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  • December 4 at 7:00 am

    Thanks to my iPad’s ridiculous auto-correct and the fact that I didn’t watch what I was typing, the “website” address in my comments will direct you to, which doesn’t exist, as far as I know. BLOGspot would be correct. It’s okay to have giggle fits.

    • December 4 at 9:00 am

      Tee Hee!

      That’s ok. I’ve changed it to the correct spelling. Have you ever visited Soooo funny!

  • December 4 at 6:56 am

    I love John Green, too. But, I totally avoid books in which main characters have cancer. I hate to miss a Green!!! Maybe I’ll reread the Christmas book he wrote with Maureen Johnson and . . . is it Lauren Myracle? I hope you find those books under the tree, this year!

  • December 3 at 6:55 am

    The Fault in our Stars sounds intriguing – I hope you have a lovely reading holiday season!

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

  • December 2 at 9:11 pm

    I’m looking forward to Whispers Underground too 🙂

  • December 2 at 4:50 pm

    Hope you get every book on your Christmas list. Merry Christmas!

  • December 2 at 4:27 pm

    Gift cards and book vouchers are lovely, lovely things. Nothing is more beautiful to a book lover than a small pile of plastic gift cards. A great deal of bookstore shopping awaits us the weekend after Christmas. I always look a little demented book shopping after the holidays; high on leftovers and hot chocolate, tearing through the bookstore with an armful of books and a fist full of plastic money. Good times.

  • December 2 at 3:07 pm

    All great picks! Hope you get them all for Christmas. =) Love John Green. And I’ve never heard that song! It was beautiful, and the animation too. Thanks for sharing!

  • December 2 at 2:16 pm

    Always on the lookout for great new Christmas music, you have no idea how thrilled I am that you posted that video! Downloading the song from iTunes now! Thanks!

    The waiting is always the hard part… 😉

    • December 2 at 4:16 pm

      It’s from the album Sweet Bells. Kate has also released another Christmassy album this year called While Mortals Sleep, which is very good. 🙂

  • December 2 at 1:48 pm

    I have heard great things about John Green but have yet to read anything by him – I must remedy that in 2012.

    Love the photo at the top of your post!

  • December 2 at 1:12 pm

    Those books all sound wonderful! I hope you enjoy them when you finally get your hands on them!

  • December 2 at 12:59 pm

    Why can’t it be the 10th of January already? I want the book NOW 😛

  • December 2 at 8:40 am

    I have had the Aaronovitch books out from the library a couple of times now, but still haven’t read them!

    Thanks for participating in the tour again this year!

  • December 2 at 6:04 am

    That was a good video; enjoyed watching it!! Thanks for the book reviews. I haven’t read anything from John Green before, but this story does sound interesting!


  • December 2 at 4:30 am

    I have Book One, Midnight Riot, in the Peter Grant series sitting here to read very soon. I’m so glad to see book 3 is coming out. This should get me reading it! Not that I need any encouragement, but sometimes falling behind means a new book gets me reading the first ones. The John Green book looks very interesting.

    As a matter of fact, I am waiting for two books especially to come out in paperback in the new year: The House at End by Elly Griffiths, and Outrage by Arnaldur Indridason. Oh, and Denise MIna’s The End of the Wasp Season. That’s just for starters! lol

    I enjoyed your post and talking about upcoming books. I hope you get everything you want under your tree, Bart, and many good books in the New Year! Happy holidays!

  • December 2 at 1:29 am

    I am looking forward to the new John Green book, too! Thanks for joining in for Virtual Advent!

  • December 2 at 1:01 am

    I’ve never read a John Green book but I’ve heard nothing but good things. The synopsis of this one sounds really interesting, I should really pick it up when it comes out!

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