Ones to Watch: 2011 Special Edition

There are so many amazing books coming out in the next year. Series I'm waiting for the next installment of, new books and authors to love, etc. Some will be duds, others will be the next big thing. I've been keeping a list in Word of everything I might want to read and felt like sharing it with all of you. These are all first editions, as published in the USA. The same author may have previously published the book in other countries. Also, I'm not listing books that are coming out in paperback but were previously published in tradecloth.

For now, I’ll only highlight certain titles and link to the review/cover on Goodreads. This will keep the post shorter and help me get it up to you faster. I’ll go into more detail with each book on the list during the prospective launch month. This isn’t by any means a complete list; I’m sure there will be more books to love later on, especially in the second half of the year. I can mostly find titles for the first half right now. I’m only just starting to read Publishers Weekly and follow blogs/lists/etc who look further into the future.) The vast majority of titles are YA, but there are some "adult" titles scattered throughout.

I’ll put three stars (***) at the end of titles I’m highly anticipating at this time as well as highlight a few of the lovely covers to come.

Disclaimer:: Dates subject to change. (This is one reason I didn't put exact dates on any title)

Without further ado:

o n e s t o w a t c h ( 2 0 1 1 )

J a n u a r y :

See this post here.

(One new addition:
Jan. 25: The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard)

F e b r u a r y :

Delirium by Lauren Oliver***
Outside in by Maria Snyder (sequel to Dystopian novel Inside Out)
Words by Ginny Yttrup
The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse
Angel by James Patterson (7th in Maximum Ride series)
Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
The Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind (12th in The Sword of Truth series)
Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales by Tamora Pierce (new Tortall book)

M a r c h

Dark Mirror by M. J. Putney
Clarity by Kim Harrington
Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
May by Kathryn Lasky (2nd in Daughters of the Sea series)
Human.4 by Mike A. Lancaster***
Wither by Lauren DeStefano***

A p r i l

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
Memento Nora by Angie Smibert***
Dark Parties by Sara Grant***
Friendship Bread by Darien Gee
Plague by Michael Grant (4th in Gone series)
Red Glove by Holly Black (sequel to White Cat)
Eona by Alison Goodman (sequel to Eon)
Carmen by Walter Dean Myers
Abandon by Meg Cabot
Bumped by Megan McCafferty***
Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler (2nd in Horsemen of the Apocalypse series)
Cinderella: Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowan (1st in Twisted Tales series)
Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer by Maureen McGowan (2nd in Twisted Tales series)
Enclave by Ann Aguirre (originally titled Razorland with an AMAZING cover, seen on author's blog here. Reason for the change here.)***

M a y

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini***
The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan (2nd in Kane Chronicles series)
Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky***
Divergent by Veronica Roth***
Everfound by Neal Shusterman (3rd in Skinjacker Trilogy)
The Dark City by Catherine Fisher (1st in Relic Master Series ; UK series title is The Book of the Crow and 1st book is titled The Relic Master)

J u n e

Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares (But this blog has more info) (5th in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, though labeled as Adult Fiction instead of Teen due to the girls now being in their late 20s)
The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair
The Lost Heiress by Catherine Fisher (2nd in Relic Master Series ; UK series title is The Book of the Crow and 2nd book is titled The Interrex )

J u l y

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter***
The Snow Queen's Shadow by Jim C. Hines (4th in Princess series)
My Favorite Band Does Not Exist by Robert T. Jeschonek
The Hidden Coronet by Catherine Fisher (3rd in Relic Master Series ; UK series title is The Book of the Crow and 3rd book is titled Flain's Coronet )

A u g u s t

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab (And I love her blog, too...check out this debut author now before the world knows her!)
The Margrave by Catherine Fisher (No Goodreads link yet, only pre-order option on Amazon)(4th in Relic Master Series ; UK series title is The Book of the Crow and 4th book is titled The Margrave)

S e p t e m b e r

All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin***
Ashes by Ilsa Bick
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

O c t o b e r

Look, I Made a Hat: Volume Two by Stephen Sondheim (No link yet, but mentioned over at Barclay Agency) (Part II of Sondheim's self-penned memoir; Part I was entitled, Finishing the Hat (Date a guess based on 2010 release date and the fact that this is scheduled for Fall 2011)
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan (2nd in Heroes of Olympus series [sequel series to Percy Jackson and the Olympians])***

N o v e m b e r

Mastiff by Tamora Pierce (3rd book in Beka Cooper trilogy)
Crossed by Ally Condie (2nd in Matched trilogy)***

D e c e m b e r

(To come)

A l r e a d y - s t r o n g 2 0 1 2 D e b u t s :

(I know, 2011 has barely started yet, but I already have a small handful of (for the most part) debut authors in 2012 that are MUST-READS. Next year can't come soon enough! Obviously, since they're so far off, they're not up on Goodreads yet, so I'll post wherever I find a summary for you. I've mostly heard about these through Publisher's Weekly or Word of Mouth.)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Follow her blog here. Marissa is the loveliest person you'll ever meet and her quartet is going to be the next big thing in Teen Fiction.)
Dark Mercy by R. L. LaFevers
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
The Shadows Cast by Stars by Cat Knutsson
The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner (scroll to end of interview for blurb)
Revel by Maurissa Guibord
Cybernetic by Laura Riken


  1. *BLUSH* Thank you!

    My goodness, there are a lot of delicious looking books coming out this year. I'm so excited!!

    And what is this 2012 Cybernetic? This is the first I've heard of it but all things futuristic catch my eye these days. Just the title seems promising to me.

  2. *removes your hands* No blushing! You're special. PLUS, you're *FIRST* on my 2012 list. Above ANYTHING. I hope you don't mind that I linked to your blog? I figured any advertising helps, though there aren't hundreds of people reading this blog.

    I know, aren't these books AMAZING? And I'm so excited! One of my most highly-anticpated novels, Lost Voices (mermaids!!), was sent to me as an ARC today!!! As well as some other fairytale for a post tomorrow or Fri.

    All I know about Cybernetic is the deal write-up/what's on Goodreads. Can't wait to find out more!

  3. Enter for your chance to win an ARC of Wither

  4. I was having a really bad day, and then a google alert popped into my inbox, pointing me here. What a nice surprise to find my book on a "ones to watch" list - thank you for that!

  5. @ catknutsson:

    You're welcome! :) I'm glad I could brighten your day a little bit.

    It's *me* who will be thanking *you* next year when I get my grubby little hands on your book. "The Shadows Cast by Stars" sounds so amazing. I can't wait for it! ^_^

  6. I didn't see this post thanks for directing me to it! Many, many great books coming out this year. I'm always excited to hear about the debut authors. Some are so young!

  7. @ Gina:

    There are so, so many books coming out that I wish I could read right now. I'm drooling over several! Then again, if I COULD read them all now, how would I choose...?

    I know, some of the authors are so young! It makes me feel sad that I've done so little so far. ^^;


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